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Tokyo National Museum

The primary objective of the museum is to preserve collections of ancient Japanese and Asian arts. It also contains a number of National Treasures of Japan as well as its cultural properties. The museum is divided into a variety of galleries, which almost literary explain what they showcase. Among these are the Japanese Gallery (Honkan), the Asian Gallery (Toyokan), Hyokeikan, Heiseikan, the Gallery of Horyu-ji Treasures (Horyu-ji Homotsukan) and the Research and Information Center (Shiryokan).

The Japanese Gallery or the Honkan showcases Japanese arts in its two-storey and 24-exhibition room building. Among the most significant and must see rooms in this gallery are: exhibit arts of Buddhism, tea ceremony, samurai clothing and national clothing, sculpture, Japanning, Katana and ethnic material. The Asian Gallery houses the Asian arts and archeological artifacts particularly those of China , India , Korea , Southeast Asia, and the Middle East . The Hyokeikan shows the Meiji architecture while the Heiseikan exhibits potteries and Jomon linear dating back to 10,000 BC.

The Tokyo National Museum is accessible through the JR Line from Ueno or Uguisudani Station, the Ginza or Hibiya Tokyo Metro Line from Ueno Station, the Chiyoda Tokyo Metro Line from Nezu Station, and the Keisei Line from the Keisei Ueno Station for about 10 to 15 minutes ride. The museum is open from 9:30 in the morning to 5 o'clock in the afternoon and the last entry is 30 minutes before the closing time and is generally closed on Mondays and the next following day if a National Holiday falls on a Monday. Admission fees vary as high school students and under as well as those with disabilities and those accompanying them and those over 70 years old are free provided proof of age is presented. University students and adults are charged 400 yen and 600 yen respectively. Special exhibits have separate admission fees and group of 20 or more may avail of discounted price.

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