2 Amazing Collections of Artifacts on Your Way From Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo!

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  • Important Cultural Assets defined by the Cultural Asset Protection Law are scattered across all of Japan, bringing the rich cultural and historic heritage of the country to life. Here are two spots with collections of Important Cultural Assets that you can visit easily on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Take a detour from your journey and experience Japanese culture!

    1. National Museum of Japanese History

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    It is worth taking your time to see the many spectacular dioramas and ancient documents recognized as National Treasures of Japan!

    The National Museum of Japanese History exhibits research on Japanese archaeology, history, and folklore, as well as precious historical documents. Located on the premises stretching for approximately 130,000 square meters in the Sakura Castle Ruins of Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, this museum is themed on history from ancient times all the way to the present day, and the world of Japanese folklore. It introduces authentic historic items and detailed replicas, as well as restored models based on academic findings, so anyone can improve their understanding of Japanese history and culture here.

    Photography is allowed almost everywhere inside the museum as long as you disable flash. English audio guides are available for free rental at the information counter. The dioramas of old castles and townscapes are spectacular to behold, and the museum also keeps a large collection of precious historical documents and books recognized as National Treasures.

    Expect to spend at least half a day just at the National Museum of Japanese History. If you take your time to tour it slowly for a whole day, you are certain to come away with a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history.

    Address: 117 Jonaicho, Sakura-shi, Chiba-ken 〒285-8502

    National Museum of Japanese History Website

    2. The Inoh Tadataka Museum

    Witness the overwhelming scale of the first map of Japan based on actual surveying!

    Inoh Tadataka was a Japanese surveyor who lived during the Edo period over 300 years ago. He retired from their family business after the age of 50 and walked across all of Japan to survey the dimensions of the country. His legacy remains in the form of the “Inoh Atlas,” which was the very first map of Japan based on actual surveys.

    At the Inoh Tadataka Museum in Katori City where his family home stood, you can see an introduction to the life of Inoh Tadataka year by year. It explains all the fascinating details of the Inoh Atlas, which Inoh Tadataka spent his life to complete.

    Address: 1722-1 Sawarai, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken 〒287-0003

    The Inoh Tadataka Museum Website

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