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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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  • 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 »
  • Our guide was awesome. She spoke perfect english, knew her history and made the tour alive with samurais in the room with us. A history lesson not to be missed.Everything was so captivating and...  more »
  • 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, 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.
  • We stumbled across this museum as we were walking along and decided to take our 2 children (8yr & 11yr) in to see it. It did not disappoint! We joined in an English speaking tour and our guide was amazing! Her in depth knowledge and English made the tour so enjoyable and interesting. It was also really lovely that even though our children were the only children in the tour, the guide took the time to answer their questions. The information given and displays on site were amazing and so informative.

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