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Samurai Museum, Shinjuku

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Entry tickets per adult is 1800 Yen, which is pricy in my opinion for the size of this museum. What we like about this museum is the crowd. This museum isn't crowded with people that you have to wait ...  more »
  • This quite newly opened museum is really worth a visit. It has lots of beautiful and imaginative samurai armory and weapons. The guide gave a concise and good background to this fascinating era. The t...  more »
  • If you time it right you can join the free English tour. Our tour guide was so nice although very junior (her English and knowledge of the exhibits were limited) but then it's free so totally acceptab...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • The tour guides here are awesome. They speak English quite well and are very informative. We learned some really interesting facts that we'd not known before. Their collection is fantastic as well (mostly replicas of course). They also do a neat samurai/ninja demonstration that was entertaining. Definitely recommend visiting if you are in Tokyo.