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Top 10 Tokyo by Stephen Mansfield

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Tokyo National Museum

Occupying a major part of the northern reaches of Ueno Park, the colossal Tokyo National Museum was known in the prewar period as the Imperial Household Museum. This magisterial museum, set among courtyards, fountains, and trees, is divided into four main galleries: Honkan, Heiseikan, Toyokan, and Horyu-ji Treasures. These contain not only the most important collection of Japanese art and archeology in the world, but a treasure trove of Asian antiquities as well. The main galleries display almost 3,000 items at any one time – an awesome amount to see in one visit. A garden on the side of the Honkan gallery opens for the cherry ...

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