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Japanese Sword Museum, Shibuya

(2.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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  • If you're a bit of a fan of the Japanese sword this place is not to be missed. It's tucked away in a back street but in these days of maps on phones it shouldn't be hard to find.  more »
  • Located in a small street in Shinjuku, the Museum of the sword has proved disappointing, when you see the mythical place of the artifact in Japanese culture. One room with exposed parts, staged at least, explaining more than brief... We feel that the city of Tokyo and the Japanese Government did not consider useful to invest seriously in this Museum, while this theme could be a global attraction.
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  • Though this pace is quite awkward to find it was worth the effort. It was however the final exhibition in January 2017 before the museum moves to its new location in Sumida Ward. Favourite exhibits we...  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.