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Japan Sword Museum, Shibuya
(2.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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  • This is a museum aimed at scholars of Japanese swords, not those with a casual interest. It is difficult to find and expensive by the standards of other museums we visited. The museum consists of one ...  more »
  • You paid 800yen for 1 room with about 6 swords (steel only) and lots of decorations of different masters. With English text. You get several pamphlets/papers that do not necessarily connect to the exhibition or easy to read. Moreover, it is at a distance of other interesting things. Definitely not worth!
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  • Is a specialized Museum of swords from Kunihiro and Tokugawa Art Museum and Eisei Bunko Museum comparison not wide exhibit, five years, six times, visit of the exhibition. Round up and I look at in the path. Still great Opera City Gallery, lucky.
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  • Do you have a deep knowledge of samurai swords? Can you name all the parts of a samurai sword? Do you know the names of the craftsmanship? If the answers are no, you have no business there. This is just for people who have studied them. The collection here is super short, you should better go to the Tokyo museum.
  • A small but spectacular collection of the finest Japanese samurai swords in existence. I learned a lot about the different parts of the sword set while admiring the ornately detailed fittings on display. The details are so small, I needed a magnifying glass on every single one to be able to appreciate them. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited, so you can't use your camera's zoom to get a closer look. I wish there had been more about the process of making the blades. Overall, the collection taught me more about Japanese decorative arts than about sword craft. Still, a worthwhile pilgrimage for anyone who respects Bushido.
  • Very in depth. A single room full of some of the best swords you will ever see. Be aware however - they are displayed 'naked' without their fittings, and will require a true interest in Japanese history to enjoy. No frills.
  • A bit of a letdown, there are some interesting katanas leftover and some of the history is explained but the place is small and a little boring, despite my interest I barely spent half an hour there.
  • If you know about Japanese swords this place is amazing. They have a Masamune blade there for example and a national treasure. Info for English is available at the counter. But like the other reviews say. Unless you have a keen interest it might be a bit of a letdown. Passing interests will find it a bit of a hike for not much bang.