Samurai Museum, Shinjuku

4.4
#3 of 265 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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  • We had a great afternoon here loved the tour with fantastic staff to compliment the experience. We learned a few things and now have greater understanding of the history of Japan.  more »
  • Reasonably priced entry ticket for the level of information we got! Learnt lots from going on the English guided tour - these run regularly and are free. Our guide Miya spoke great English and was abl...  more »
  • It was lovely to see a part of Japanese history and hear the stories that the tour guide told. There are some amazing samurai suits and weapons to see in the museum, that are hundreds of years old. To...  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.
  • 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.
  • I feel bad to give it one star because some of the staff are so nice and sincere, but this was overpriced and tiny. I pushed myself to stay as long as five minutes. It's in a seedy area and I wasted time trying to find it. No Japanese people I talked to had heard of it. Apparently they do shows a few times a day which I missed, they said I could come back with the same ticket to watch it. The tour is also free but I didn't want to wait for it to start. So I feel bad about giving it a one star but even if the tour was good I don't think it could justify the admission fee. It should be $7 at most. They also let you try on costumes and take photos for free which is nice but the girl that was there wasn't giving off a "please try this" vibe. The Edo museum is a fifth of the cost and a gazillion times better.

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