Samurai Museum, Shinjuku

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#3 of 268 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. Plan your Samurai Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tokyo using our Tokyo vacation generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Entertaining and informative guide. A demonstration of sword fighting and the possibility of fitting of Samurai armor and kimono is included in the tour. Duration approx. 1 hour, costs 1,800 yen.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My partner and I undertook the museum tour on our first day in Tokyo and it was a great introduction to the rich culture and history of Japan. It holds incredible collections and photos are allowed.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    It's a small but cozy museum found in the Kabukicho area in Shinjuku. You get to see what type of armours and weapons the samurai were using in the previous eras such as Edo period. As my Japanese fri...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Really good experience - genuine samurai armor and weapons which are hundreds of years old. Guides are knowledgeable and speak good english. Do the tour - it is worth it! You get to watch a demonstration from a real samurai, and even have a go with blunted swords yourself if you want to. Tours run often but I was there with about 25 minutes before the next one. No worries - one of the staff walked me around the corner to a great bar so I could have a beer while I waited!
  • June 17, 2017
    Don't go in there to see a museum. We assumed as much and went in because we love samurais. It was worth it, no question. The staff is kind, but not very knowledgeable. The artifacts they have are nice. Only go there if you want to have fun, if you like to dress up and have pictures taken of you.
  • April 11, 2017
    Excellent place to get to know about samurais and their lives, and also about the history of Japan. Not too much is written in English on the notes but the tickets come with free English tours. Unfortunately we were too busy to wait for the tour due to the flights. You can try some clothes and have photos taken, quite nice memory of the trip! The museum itself is so charming and old style housing, I wish I could live in there too! Excellent place. Staff members are great!
  • April 11, 2017
    This was definitely a highlight of my whole trip to Japan! If you are interested in samurai history, this is an absolute must for your trip. There are English speaking tours, or you can go around on your own and read the plaques provided in both English and Japanese. Some of the armors and weapons are originals, some are recreated but still as amazing. The tour took around 45 minutes, including the samurai weapon demonstration. The gift shop had some very unique and special gifts!
  • June 20, 2017
    Great place. You are guided around and given much information, there is a samurai demonstration at the end with some time to try on kimonos and samurai helmets. Get some very good photos here. Very informative and they speak amazing English!

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