100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Tokyo National Museum

Location: Tokyo

2013 Exhibitions: Enku's Buddhas: Sculptures from Senkoji Temple and the Hida Region (January 12 - April 7), Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher (January 22 - March 3)

The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Japan, and its collection preserves over 110,000 art and archaeological objects from Japan and other parts of Asia. The museum is actually a complex of four buildings—the Hyokeikan, the larger Heiseikan, the Horyu-ji Homotsukan (the Gallery of Horyu-ji Treasures), and the central building known as the Honkan. The Honkan houses Japanese art exclusively and holds the 84 objects that the Japanese government has designated as National Treasures. The Toyokan, which resides next to the Honkan has very recently reopened after several renovations to the existing structure. The gallery features art and artifacts from Eastern to South Asia and Egypt. The complex encircles a quintessentially Japanese garden that is popular in springtime for its cherry blossom trees and beautiful landscaping.

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