Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tokyo National Museum

Established 1872, the Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan?), or TNM, is the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archaeological objects of Asia, focusing on Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects, which includes 87 Japanese National Treasure holdings and 610 Important Cultural Property holdings (as of July, 2005). The museum also conducts research and organizes educational events related to its collection.

The museum is located inside Ueno Park in Taito, Tokyo. The facilities consist of the Honkan (本館, Japanese Gallery), Tōyōkan (東洋館, Asian Gallery), Hyōkeikan (表慶館), Heiseikan (平成館), Hōryū-ji Hōmotsukan (法隆寺宝物館, the Gallery of Hōryū-ji Treasures), as well as Shiryōkan (資料館, the Research and Information Center) and other facilities (Map). There are restaurants and shops within the museum's premises, as well as outdoor exhibitions and a garden where visitors can enjoy seasonal views.

The museum's collections focus on ancient Japanese art and Asian art along the Silk Road. There is also a large collection of Greco-Buddhist art.

All information is provided in Japanese, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, and Spanish.

(source: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Skyliner (スカイライナー, sukairainā?) is a limited-express airport train service between Tokyo and Narita Airport. It is operated by Keisei Electric Railway and runs on the Keisei Main Line.

The Skyliner service operates between Keisei Ueno Station and Narita Airport Station, with stops at Nippori Station, Keisei Funabashi Station, Keisei Narita Station and Airport Terminal 2 Station. A couple of early morning Skyliner trains from Ueno run nonstop between Nippori and Airport Terminal 2.

Although Ueno is a larger station with more lines, many passengers transfer at Nippori, as the Keisei tracks run parallel to the JR East Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line and Jōban Line, whereas transferring at Ueno requires a walk at street-level from the Keisei station to the JR or Tokyo Metro station. At Funabashi station, passengers can change to the JR Sōbu Main Line and the Tōbu Noda Line.

The one-way ride between Narita Airport and Nippori takes about 55 minutes, with 5 additional minutes to reach Ueno, and costs ¥1,920 each way (¥1,000 base fare + ¥920 express surcharge). The journey to Keisei Funabashi takes about 33 minutes at a cost of ¥1220 each way (¥720 + ¥500, respectively).

(source: Wikipedia)