Located in the beautiful surrounds of Ueno Park, the museum showcases works by Japanese and foreign artists, featuring exhibitions on everything from calligraphy and woodblock prints to Van Gogh, Gauguin and new wave art.

While there are regular special exhibitions of interest, a lot of the exhibitions are mainly concerned with exhibiting communities of artists, so aside from the special exhibitions the standard is not as high as art museums with permanent collections. It’s best to think of it as a very large community gallery.

Entrance is free, but special exhibitions may have a fee.

If you don’t have unlimited time in the area and you really want a museum fix, the National Museum of Western Art, The Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science are usually a lot more interesting.

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