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Samurai Museum, Tokyo

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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. To visit Samurai Museum on your holiday in Tokyo, and find out what else Tokyo has to offer, use our Tokyo.
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  • The most impressive collection of Samurai swords armor and artifacts. Nice shop with katana selection and good prices. Double check opening times and if the Museum is open during you visit. 
    The most impressive collection of Samurai swords armor and artifacts. Nice shop with katana selection and good prices. Double check opening times and if the Museum is open during you visit.  more »
  • Swing by and get yourself acquainted with Japan's culture. Although small in size, this museum does pack a lot of incredible pieces and huge amounts of information to accompany them. Also, a nifty... 
    Swing by and get yourself acquainted with Japan's culture. Although small in size, this museum does pack a lot of incredible pieces and huge amounts of information to accompany them. Also, a nifty...  more »
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  • A large collection of different armour sets from many periods of Japanese history. Tours are in multiple languages and are included in the ticket although you aren't really allowed to wander through on your own. We were able to try on different helmets and outfits for free which was nice, too
  • 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 themselves, 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’, which roughly translates into 'deserving the well fought award'. 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.

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