The National Museum of Japanese History (国立歴史民俗博物館 Kokuritsu Rekishi Minzoku Hakubutsukan) is located in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture. Also known as "Rekihaku", it was established in 1981 as a university research institute and opened to the public in 1983. The collections of the museum focus on the history, archaeology, and folk culture of Japan and hold some 200,000 artefacts.

The permanent exhibitions comprise six galleries divided into twenty-five topics. There are also several Special Exhibitions throughout the year (additional admission fee).

Most exhibits are in Japanese, but the museum offers audio guides in several foreign languages. The museum shop in the basement holds a vast collection of souvenirs and literature (only in Japanese). Lunch and other refreshments are served in a small restaurant in the basement which is in popular demand on weekends and holidays.

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Access and admission:

Address: 117 Jonai-cho, Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture 285-8502; phone: 043-486-0123

Sakura City can be reached by JR Sobu Line from Tokyo Station (60 minutes) or Narita Airport (25 minutes); or by Keisei Line from Keisei Ueno Station to Keisei Sakura Station (55 minutes), 20 minutes from Narita Airport; from both JR Sakura Station and Keisei Sakura Station, it is either 5 minutes by taxi or a 15-minute walk to the museum.

Admission: 420 JPY for adults, 350 JPY for students over age 16 (350 JPY and 200 JPY for groups of twenty or more; free admission for disabled visitors.

Opening hours: daily 9:30 - 17:00 (March - September, last entry 16:30), 9:30 - 16:30 (October - February, last entry 16:00); closed December 27 to January 4 and on Tuesdays when Monday is a national holiday.