Art museums and souvenir shops! Six recommended sightseeing spots in Ueno

30.November.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

Ueno has Tokyo’s first art museum, museum and zoo and is a suitable place to visit for those of you who are interested in the history of Tokyo’s downtown.

 

The Ueno Royal Museum

“The Ueno Royal Museum” does not have a permanent exhibition but rather holds rotating exhibitions such as the “Ueno no Mori Museum Taishoten (exhibition of award-winning works)” and “Nihon no Shizen wo Egaku Ten (exhibition of paintings of nature)” on a regular basis. An original letter paper with the illustration of the Takamori Saigo’s statue is sold at the museum shop since the statue is located near the museum.

 

■Information

The Ueno Royal Museum

Address: 1-2, Ueno Park, Taitoku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3833-4191

Business hours: 10:00 to 17:00

※The content of the exhibitions might change

Fixed holiday: not fixed ※differs depending on the exhibition

URL:http://www.ueno-mori.org

 

 

 

National Museum of Science and Nature

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“National Museum of Science and Nature” is a museum where you can learn about the evolution of human-kind, various animals/plants and the development of science technology. It is the only conclusive science/nature museum in Japan which has more than 4.52 million items. The skeletal preparations of Futabasaurus suzukii and T-Rex and the stuffed specimen of animals including threatened species have a tremendous impact.

 

■Information

National Museum of Science and Nature

Address: 7-20, Ueno Park, Taitoku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-5777-8600 (hello dial)

Business hours: 9:00~17:00 / Friday, Saturday – until 20:00 (last entrance – 30 minutes before closing time)

Fixed holiday: Monday (Tuesday will become a holiday when Monday is a national holiday)

  • The closing date might be changed while special exhibitions are held.

URL:http://www.kahaku.go.jp

 

 

 

TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM is the first public museum in Japan which was established on 1926. In addition to large exhibitions where you can observe quality works from both home and abroad, they hold various rotating exhibitions and public invitation exhibitions. You can also enjoy eating/drinking in the restaurants inside the museum. Both western-style restaurants and Japanese-style restaurants where you can eat soba (buckwheat noodles) and donburis are available.

 

■Information

TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

Address: 8-36, Ueno Park, Taitoku, Tokyo

TEL: 03-3823-6921

Business hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (last entrance – 17:00)

  • Friday of August – 9:30 to 21:00

Fixed holiday: First and third Monday (the museum will be opened if Friday or Monday is a national holiday and will be closed on the next day)

  • Special exhibitions and rotating exhibitions will be held every Monday (the museum will be opened if Friday or Monday is a national holiday and will be closed on the next day)
  • Please note that the museum might be closed or opened irregularly during the year’s end and New Year’s holidays.
  • URL:http://www.tobikan.jp

 

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    This marks the third run of teamLab’s “Digitized Forest” exhibition at Shimogamo Shrine, and this year’s exhibition has been made even bigger. It is running until September 2, 2019.

    Floating by the Rōmon Gate of the shrine are spheres of light which change colour and emit various musical tones unique to the colour when touched by a person. They also react to the other spheres around them, changing to the same colour and letting out the same tone, creating a chain reaction.

    Egg-shaped orbs of light can be found dotted around the Tadasu Forest by the shrine which illuminate the trees. Like the light spheres, when the eggs are pushed they change colour and play a musical noise specific to that colour, the sound and tone spreading through the forest.

    These objects of light can also be found at Mitarashi Pond where they float on the water. The orbs shine brightly and then fade slowly as if breathing. If pushed by people or blown by the wind they will change colour and emit sound.

     

    The best part about teamLab’s art exhibitions is how visitors become part of the exhibition itself by interacting with the installations, offering a much more engaging experience than simply looking. Visit Shimogamo Shrine before the exhibition ends to see digital art meet a traditional Japanese shrine at night.

     

     

    If you’re looking for more sightseeing recommendations for Kyoto then be sure to follow Macchan on Instagram!

     

    Photos by まっちゃん

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