Tokyo National Museum & Imperial Palace Garden (04.11.10)

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan, collection preserves over 110,000 art and archaeological objects from Japan and other parts of Asia.

The museum complex consists of six galleries; Honkan (Japanese Gallery Museum Shop), Hyokeikan (Asian Gallery), Heiseikan (Japanese Archaeology and Special Exhibitions), Kuroda Memorial Hall,  The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Toyokan (Temporary closed as of this writing).

Location: (JR Line) 10 minutes from Ueno or Uguisudani Station; Ginza or Hibiya Tokyo Metro Line) 15 minutes from Ueno Station

Admission:  600 yen ; 9:30 – 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)

Tokyo National Museum (front gate across the road)

Front Entrance of Honkan Japanese Gallery Museum

Sample of archaeological artifacts inside the museum

One of the rooms inside Museum Gallery

In front of Hyokeikan Asian Gallery

Cherry Blossom tree beside Kuromon Black Gate

A museum garden behind Honkan is open during springtime.  Garden entrance is beside L’accord restaurant at Toyoka.  Free with regular museum admission fee.

Beautiful garden inside Tokyo National Museum

Hanami at Ueno Park

The Imperial Palace East Gardens are part of the inner palace area and are open to public.  A wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found on the top of the hill.

Otemon gate at Imperial Palace Garden

Huge bricks of Imperial Palace Garden wall

Cherry Blossom trees found on the lawn of IPG

Remaining foundation of the former castle found on top of the hill

The Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.   A visit to the Ginza is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon, when the central Chuo Dori gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. The closure takes place from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and from 12:00 to 17:00 on Sundays (until 18:00 from April through September).

Walking along Ginza Street

At Emporio Armani Exchange

At Abercrombie and Fitch Shop

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