Spend The Day Learning: The 6 Museums Of Ueno Park
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Spend The Day Learning: The 6 Museums Of Ueno Park

Tokyo 2015.09.02

Ueno Park is an obvious destination for any visitor - it is an area that hosts numerous, constantly changing events and exhibitions no matter when you choose to visit. Here are our top 6 recommended museums and galleries in Ueno Park!

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Born in 1959. Currently working as a freelance translator, after 21 years in various companies.

Written by Mako Hayashi

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Ueno, located in Taito ward of Tokyo, is a part of the historical downtown of the city, and home to a great number of interesting and informative places, many of which are located within Japan's first public park, Ueno Park. Of the park's many popular facilities, today we'll take a look at our top six most recommended museums: the Shitamachi Museum, the Ueno Royal Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the Tokyo National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

All of these facilities are sure to delight visitors both young and old and from all walks of life.

Museum No.1: Shitamachi Museum

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Admission Fee

Adults: 300 yen (200 yen per person for a group of over 20 people.)
18 and under: 100 yen (50 yen per person for a group of over 20 people.)

What's on Display?

This museum exhibits materials about the Shitamachi (downtown, or eastern Tokyo, near Tokyo Bay) area and its residents' lifestyle. You can experience what it was like in Tokyo, 100 years in the past.

Shitamachi Museum
Address: Taito, Ueno Koen 2-1
Hours 9:30 to 16:30. No entry after 16:00
Regular Holidays: Mondays. If Monday happens to be a national holiday, the museum will be closed the next day.
The museum will also be closed between December 29th and January 1st.
Access by Trains:
3 minute walk from Ueno Station (Keisei Line).
5 minute walk from the Shinobazuguchi Entrance of Ueno Station (JR Yamanote Line).
5 minute walk from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line).
5 minute walk from Yushima Station (Tokyo Metro, Chiyoda Line).
5 minute walk from Ueno Hirokoji Station (Tokyo Metro, Ginza Line).
5 minute walk from Ueno Okachimachi Station (Toei Subway, Oedo Line).
Access by Bus:
Get off at either the "Shinobazuguchi" bus stop, or the "Keisei Ueno Eki" bus stop (East-West Megurin, Taito City Circulation Bus).
Phone: 03-3823-7451
Website: Shitamachi Museum

Museum No.2: Ueno Royal Museum

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Admission Fee

About 500 to 600 yen. Please note that the fee varies according to the exhibition.

What's on Display?

Along with important cultural exhibitions, this museum also hosts contemporary art exhibitions, and exhibitions with works solicited from artists. The unique special exhibitions, scheduled regularly, is another attraction of this museum.

Ueno Royal Museum
Address: Taito, Ueno Koen 1-2
Hours 10:00 to 17:00. No entry after 16:30.
Regular Holidays: Varies according to the exhibition, so please check the official Homepage.
Access:
3 minute walk from the Ueno Station Koenguchi Entrance (JR Yamanote Line).
5 minute walk from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line).
5 minute walk from Ueno Station (Keisei Line).
Phone: 03-3833-4191
Website: Ueno Royal Museum

Museum No.3: National Museum of Western Art

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Admission Fee (Permanent Exhibition)

Adults: 430 yen (220 yen per person for a group of over 20 people)
University students: 130 yen (70 yen per person for a group of over 20 people)
18 and under, 65 and up: Free
Please note that an additional fee will be charged for special exhibitions. Also, on November 3rd (national holiday), and on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, the permanent exhibition can be viewed free of charge.

What's on Display?

Western art, from the end of the medieval period to the beginning of the 20th century. The collection includes Impressionist paintings and modern French sculptures, from artists such as Rodin.

National Museum of Western Art
Address: Taito, Ueno Koen 7-7
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (No entry after 17:00)
On Fridays, the museum is open until 8 p.m., and No entry after 19:30
Regular Holidays: Mondays. If Monday happens to be a national holiday, the museum will be closed the next day.
The museum will also be closed between December 28th and January 1st.
Access:
1 minute walk from the Ueno Station Koenguchi Entrance (JR Yamanote Line).
7 minute walk from Ueno Station (Keisei Line).
8 minute walk from Ueno Station (Tokyo Metro, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line).
Phone: 03-5777-8600
Website: National Museum of Western Art

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