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Japan Sword Museum, Shibuya
(2.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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  • If like me you are passionate of sabre, I think that the visit to this small museum can rejoice. When I went there, I had just finished reading the introduction to the book of a master blacksmith, in which he explained as and admire what in a blade. I thus found myself in this small museum, essentially surrounded by bare blades, no other visitors than me, no intelligible explanation (only the name of the blacksmith and the year are written for each sword in Japanese). And I spent three hours there, to admire in abundance each blade one at a time, from any angle, to feel if they had a different energy, etc... So if you are not passionate about sabre, or that you do not want to see just the blades next to the other, I advise you to go your way. If instead you are passionate, and you want to be able to look at a dozen different smiths and blades, epochs, forms, then I urge you to go have a look!
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  • The visit to this Museum of the Japanese sword is very valuable. A must-see for those who are interested in peculiar object and all the history that surrounds it!
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  • It was a fantastic long walk to get here, if you love swords this is the place for you, a lot of history written on the displays. It is not as large as we thought it was going to be, but nonetheless e...  more »
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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.