Samurai Museum, Shinjuku

4.5
#3 of 363 in Museums in Tokyo
Learn about the warriors who embodied Japanese concepts of courage, power, and loyalty at Samurai Museum. Opened in 2015, the museum showcases an array of weapons, armor, clothes, and documents collected over a five-year period. As you explore the two floors dedicated to the different periods in Japanese history, you'll also witness the developments of ergonomic design and style that distinguish each period. Don't miss having your photo taken in the samurai costume of your choice. To visit Samurai Museum on your holiday in Tokyo, and find out what else Tokyo has to offer, use our Tokyo tour builder app .
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  • You’ll learn about Samurai culture and see some samurai dresses. It’s nice to travel back in time to take a break from the new age neighborhood of Shinjuku  more »
  • Accompanying friends Japan and Japan, like already been to art museums and major attractions in Tokyo. The places where she did not enjoy. And hit the jackpot on the net is here. First here is what? Hear "samurai" and suggested that the "not so interested in warfare and weapons from. "And when I visited actually said is very pleased. It was not me with a commentary as armor seen in the Museum, even. And happy in the photo wearing a kimono. I thought quite interesting reactions when I had when visiting one of the few Japanese visitors watching the Tate show visitors from overseas and was good to go. I was watching this East's staff who are friendly, especially the Guide, ' thank you very much! ".
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  • Had an enjoyable couple of hours here. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The exhibit of samurai costumes and artefacts were impressive and you were allowed to touch and wear some of them.  more »
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  • Well, the guided tour in English takes about an hour but is surely worth it. They try really hard to entertain the guests. The ¥1800 fee is kind of outrageous for their collection but as they say, they have to upkeep these splendid authentic armors(some are replicas but some are real) in the middle of Shinjuku. Overall, I think it’s worth a visit if you’re a visitor from abroad. I would give them five stars if the tour was ¥1000 but I suppose their ends don’t meet at that price. Good enough, I recommend the place. I think the Japanese have a word for places like this: ‘敢闘賞’. Oh, I think they could improve their souvenir shop though. They have some 30K+ armored figurines and cheap looking straps, they need something in between like 3000-5000 yen stuffs that could appeal to foreigners.
  • An excellent museum detailing the history of the Samurai, without bombarding you with hundreds of years of history - instead picking out important moments. The staff are very helpful, friendly and entertaining - we arrived partway through a guided tour in English and we're allowed to tag onto the group, until the tour ended. We then we're allowed to restart the part we had missed on the next tour! We were treated to a display from a professional Samurai actor who showed us some moves, before putting some of the tour group through their paces! The articles in the museum include famous sets of armour, some authentic, weapons and paintings depicting the era of the Samurai, and some of the displays are interactive, with the staff actively encouraging you to get involved and wear helmets, hold swords, etc. All in all, an excellent couple of hours for a good entrance fee (¥1,800).
  • This was an informative and exceptional museum where the staff greatly contributed to the experience. Though the museum isn't too big, the displays really speak about the history that existed in Japan for many generations which unfortunately no longer exists. The most memorable part of the museum was definitely the demonstration. It was fantastic that they allowed volunteers to experience what it would be like to be a samurai warrior. Great show! It truly made our trip to Japan something extra special.
  • very interesting tourist spot.... English guides explain the samurai history, culture. museum contains both real and replica pieces of samurai swords ( Katana) and samurai dress. there's an existing samurai sword show organized as well. you can take pictures of self in samurai dress as well... lots of options available to buy from the souvenir shop
  • A wonderful experience and a fantastic deal. The guided tour gives you a greater appreciation and understanding of Japan's history while still being a lot of fun. I especially appreciated being able to hold some of these items in my hands, pieces of history that are several hundred years old. This Museum does a fantastic job of bringing history to life.
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