Tokyo much? The National Museum and (more) shopping

(Norsk versjon: Reisebrev fra Tokyo, historie og shopping, dag 6 (del 1))

Tokyo National Museum


The Doodz in front of the main Museum building


Two tickets for adults. Kids enter for free.

After a sports-filled day at the Ball Game (Goooo Giants!), it felt right to visit  the National Museum. If you are only visiting one museum in Tokyo – then you should make the Tokyo National Museum the one, with its grand permanent exhibition, many temporary exhibitions and the gorgeous garden and park. You can easily spend hours upon hours here – just as we did, and we only saw a small part of the exhibition!


Panoramic view of a few of the Museum buildings


The Museum is surrrounded by a beautiful park and garden


They even have fog machines in the fountain.

As mentioned, the exhibitions are very large, so there is a lot to see.  Our favorite was this sword. It might not look all that impressive in the photo, but it is a priceless national treasure, and one of the five most famous swords. The sword maker, Sanjou Munechika is famous for his craft. Reportedly he lived in Kyoto during the Heian period (794-1185). It is known that the sword was owned by Kôdai-in (1549-1624), the wife of the war lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The second Shogun in the Tokugawa Shogunate inherited it from her and it was then passed on within the Tokugawa-clan.


Mikazuki Munechika, a sword placed on the top five list of famous swords



This is one of four tea houses within the Museum garden

After all this interesting history and priceless treasures it was time for lunch. In the outskirts of the park surrounding the Museum, there are many restaurants to choose from.


Old Mamasan was very happy with this view ❤

Onwards and upwards – shopping!


The Doodz ready to shop til they drop

In the district Asakusa you find Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple and Tokyo’s oldest temple. Nakamise-dori is a street that runs up to the temple. Early in the 18th century, the neighbors of the temple were granted permission to set up shops and stands, and a market street was born. The area was devastated by an earthquake in 1923, and again by the WW2 bombings. The street is approximately 250 meters long and is home to 89 shops.


Old Mamasan and he Karate Kid enjoying some shopping


This Sake set went home with me


Sir Nerdalot bought two decorative katanas, which after a detour at the police station in Copenhagen now sits on our sideboard.


Show me one “forigner tourist” that can resist this sign!


Melon soda…

We had finally beaten the jet lag, so we had more to see! Stay tuned for a post about Zojo-ji, the temple we stumbled upon on our first day.



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9 comments on “Tokyo much? The National Museum and (more) shopping

  1. We were told by our tour guide to Mt Fuji that the must see museums were the Tokyo National Museum and the Edo Museum and we did both. They were excellent and completely different from each other. It looks like you had a fun day.

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  2. Beautiful! I was fortunate to see an collection of ancient Samurai attire, with swords, at the Kimball in Fort Worth, Texas (a very fine museum). I always find these treasures from the past fascinating. Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

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  3. Gorgeous images. I love that there is an English and a Norse version. I will be showing this to my husband…

    How was the melon soda? I tried some interesting things in Korea, but that’s up there.

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    • Thank you for your kind comment! I have been pondering about how to solve the bilingual thing, and this is the best solution I can come up with.
      The melon soda was sweet. Sweet to the point you just wanted to brush your teeth. The Kid liked it thoug ;-p


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