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  3. Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art

Tokyo: Ueno Park Architecture Tour

Product ID: 99309
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Ueno Park is known as the art and cultural center of Tokyo. It has many luxurious buildings and makes use of advanced seismic isolation technology to preserve those architectural values.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live guide
English, Japanese
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the work of Le Corbusier, an architectural giant
  • Admire the Japanese apprentice architect Kunio Maekawa’s expressions of respect to his mentor
  • Learn the important part Le Corbusier played in the design of Ueno Park
Full description
Take a slow walk along the Shinobazu natural pond, with its thickly overgrown lotus plants, and stop in the grounds of Hanazonoinari Shrine. Passing through the shrine’s famous vermillion tori tunnel, move to Toshogu Shrine – the most peaceful and sacred place in Ueno Park. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo Samurai government, is enshrined here.

Your next stop is the International Library of Children’s Literature. Observe its preservation and renovation work as well as its newly-built arch-shaped annex building.

Then comes the highlight of the tour, the Le Corbusier-designed National Museum of Western Art. This was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its modern architectural value in 2016. 

Lastly is a visit to Tokyo Bunka Kaikan designed by Kunio Maekawa, one of three local apprentices of Le Corbusier. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is located just opposite Le Corbusier’s museum, as if both buildings were talking each other.

Your tour will finish at the nearest eye-catching Koban, or police box.
Includes
  • Architectural tour of Ueno Park
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Admission fee for the permanent collection of National Museum of Western Art (500 Yen per adult)
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Transportation fee to and from Ueno station

When you get there

Meeting point

In front of the main entrance of Ueno Park located next to Koban, a police box behind the Keisei-Ueno station.

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