Samurai Museum, Shinjuku

4.4
#3 of 364 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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  • This museum closed off our trip to Japan looking for information on samurai. Kanazawa for the buildings and this museum added the missing bits. Excellent value, extremely friendly staff and well spoke...  more »
  • We went to this museum as we were staying close by in Shinjuku and it looked interesting. It's quite expensive to get in at ¥1800 for an adult and it isn't possible to spend more than 90 minutes there...  more »
  • I write this as a local but also as I was showing my English speaking friends the museum. First thing to note is that they have free English speaking tours. This is vital not only because the signs in...  more »
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  • One of the good museums which forces you to take a guided tour. Though the Cost of 1800 yen for a 45-60 minute your is a little steep, the guide was pretty good and made it worth it. The museum is just 2 storied and the guide walks you through each artifact. At the end of the tour, you can wear the samurai costume and kimono. The receptionist and guide were very patient and helpful. Will strongly recommend this place.
  • Interesting place. Staff is very sweet. Not as big as you would think for the price, unfortunately. We also didn't get to witness any sword fights during our tour which was disappointing. But our tour guide was informative as well as funny and very nice. Just know you will need to remove your shoes for most of the tour, as the floors are tatami mats. So it is wise to wear shoes that are easy to remove. You are also given the opportunity to try on a kimono and samurai clothing that the staff will help you with. Our guide used our phone for a photo and helped us pose nicely so that we would have a nice picture as a keepsake.
  • Great demo of samurai art. You must have do the English guided tour assuming you're English. Walking through this museum on your own is virtually pointless. Very nice staff happy to answer questions very interesting guided tour I learnt a lot. No Japanese people visiting there which is a little bit of a shame.
  • A great place to see a little history in a big city. There is a periodic English tour guide that is offered for free. I'm some of the areas you can touch and even try things on for that perfect selfie. There is also a demonstration of some techniques by a performer that is offered in set times for free as well but is not as frequent as the tours. Staff was friendly and also helpful with recommendations about things around the city
  • Went here on a whim. Loved it!! Our tour guide was outstanding. Took the time to explain everything and to answer all of our questions. We did manage to stump him on a few but he looked the answers up between items and then told us. All of the items are part of a private collection.

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