2 Art Museums Popular Among Locals Located Between Narita Airport and Ueno, Tokyo

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  • In art museums, you can take your time and relax while you gaze at the paintings. There are many museums where you can experience Japan on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Here we introduce two distinctive museums located along the railroad.

    1. Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art

    Don’t miss the vast collection of works by artists with ties to Chiba Prefecture at this museum!

    The Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art was opened in 1974. It has an attractive design, with walls covered in Tokoname ceramic tiles. It is also made easily accessible by its location inside Chiba Port Park.

    On the grounds, which stretch for more than 33,000 square meters, you can see grass and seasonal flowers. The museum itself is built on a single story, with all eight exhibit rooms connected free of steps or stairways.

    Many important works are kept here, including several by Millet, the famous French painter, and works by Asai Chu, a pioneer in Meiji Period Western-style painting who had ties to Chiba Prefecture.

    Address: 1-10-1 Chuoko, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken 〒260-0024
    Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art Website
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    2. Tokyo National Museum

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    The finest art museum replete with the history of Japanese art!

    The Tokyo National Museum stands at the pinnacle of art museums in Japan, researching and displaying Japanese art and other historical works of art. This is one spot you will absolutely want to visit if you get off the train at Ueno Station.

    In the general cultural exhibit on permanent display, which introduces the history of Japanese art from ancient times to the modern day, the museum displays all manner of works related to Japanese art that have particularly high value, including Buddhist statues and scrolls designated as National Treasures, Japanese paintings on folding screens, ukiyo-e prints, kimono robes, and lacquerware.

    Special exhibits are also held regularly to introduce rare Buddhist statues and other works of art. If you want to take your time and really see it all, you may need two or three days inside the museum. You can also buy souvenirs based on works of art displayed in the museum and traditional Japanese crafts made by contemporary masters in the museum gift shop.

    Address: 13-9 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 〒110-8712
    Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Tokyo National Museum Website
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