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Samurai Museum

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Address: 2-25-6 Kabukicho | Eiwa Dairoku Bldg 1F, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-6457-6411
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Urban entertainment museum centrally located in the Kabukicho district of...

Urban entertainment museum centrally located in the Kabukicho district of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. Displayed under dramatic lighting are more than 70 examples of samurai armor, kabuto helmets and weapons gathered here from Japanese and foreign collections. Detailed descriptions for each display are given in English, Chinese and Korean so that foreign visitors can easily understand and appreciate the artifacts. The Samurai Photo-Shooting corner where you can take your picture wearing armor and helmet is super popular with visitors from overseas. The museum also offers a full range of original Samurai gift items for sale.

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Don't miss the English guided tours

Very friendly staff. Interesting exhibits. English language tour is informative and mixes in some humor. At the end you have an opportunity to dress up as a samurai or geisha and... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very friendly staff. Interesting exhibits. English language tour is informative and mixes in some humor. At the end you have an opportunity to dress up as a samurai or geisha and of course get photos, at no extra cost.

Thank Gilad B
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They provide a tour in English at no extra cost. The staff and tour guide were very friendly. The demo/performance of the samurai sword moves was pretty cool. This is a small museum, but worth it if you're into this kind of thing.

Thank Pierre D
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not the easiest to find but has clear signs outside. Staff very friendly & helpful. Got an English guide tour - you don't really look around yourself (it would only take 20 minutes). Guide explained history of samurai & had English display on items. Also includes a display of samurai sword stance & can have a go yourself. You can... More 

Thank Karen M
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The layout was easy to follow and I recommend getting the guided tour (at no extra cost) as without it, the signs give very little description of the artifacts as well as the history. I believe our guide was Gai (I apologize if I mis-spelt it) and he spoke fantastic English as well as seeming very knowledgeable about all the... More 

Thank MichaelandLuisa
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this museum and the tour was really interesting. I have an interest in the samurai period but I learnt some things I didn't know on the tour. The armours and weapons are excellent and mainly originals and the tour guide was very good. They put on a show for each fgroup and the samurai actor was warm... More 

Thank Sean M
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We picked up the museum on a very rainy day in Tokyo. It is a small museum but it offers a very good value for money. Multiple guided tours are offered in the day in English, Japanese and other languages. They show various armors, tell you about the history. The fun part is the sword demonstration and the option to... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small but lovely museum with a lot of orginal armors and weapons. You get a free english tour inclouded in the entrance fee to get more information. Our guide, Miku, was really kind and friendly, she knew a lot about samurai and was abel to answer most of the questions. She spoke clear and good understandable english.

Thank MEscho
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth the trip and our guide was super hilarious as well ! Most of the locals around that area did not know about it, so we were skeptical to begin with, but it turned out good and i would highly recommend this museum for travelers who visit Shinjuku for the first time.

Thank raj k
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really informative museum full of rare samurai relics. They even have a sword used by Musashi Miyamoto, the greatest samurai. Guides are very knowledgeable and they have a short show with a samurai.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our tour guide, Umihei, was friendly and hilarious, the sword demonstration was fun to watch, and trying on the kimono was a great end to the experience. Their collection is fantastic, but what made this museum truly unique were the interactive aspects. The staff really made the samurai history come alive!

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