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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
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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The tour guide was awesome :)

Me and a friend did not really expect much, but in the end it was probably the best museum I have been to in Japan so far. I usually look at japan-guide.com for tipps, but this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Me and a friend did not really expect much, but in the end it was probably the best museum I have been to in Japan so far. I usually look at japan-guide.com for tipps, but this museum is in my opinion underrated there. The main reason was the awesome tour in English we got through the museum. I feel like... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had some fun here. Although it got a bit long in the tooth after a while. After Tokyo, we took the Shinkansen to Kanazawa - and got a tour around the Samurai area. That was cool!

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was so much better than expected! The free guided tour was well worth doing, even if it did go on for too long (we left at the point when we had to sit and watch other visitors dress as Samurai one after another). The sword demonstration by a modern day swordsman was superb.

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Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth a visit if you have time and don't mind the 1800yen admission. Interesting guided tour of the collection of armor and other items (some reproductions). You get a chance to try on armor for a great photo opportunity.

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Thank AnnoyingDad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'm a Japanese that lived in America for 6 years, but I thought that the English of the guides were very good, very friendly and kind. Even for a Japanese like me, there was a lot to learn and I'm glad I got a chance to go here!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tours you can get in English! We had an excellent lesson in samurai history and then a demonstration (which could use some music) and then a free photo opportunity! I thought it was well worth the money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first we were going to turn this away because it was a little expensive (1800 yens per person) I'm so glad we didn't! We got a an English explanation of everything and a samurai show. Oh, and we got to take pictures all dressed up in Samurai princess and Samurai warrior outfit!!! That alone will cost 1000 yens anywhere... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small museum.. We expected lots of samurai's wear and weapons and to learn about the history and unfortunately,that did not happen. Too expensive for such a small exhibit!

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1 Thank Kasia Z
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit when in the neighborhood. Especially fun because of it's samurai fight demonstration (included in ticket price).

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best places I visited in Tokyo. Was very surprised how much I enjoyed this museum. Our tour guide was fantastic! the collection is a private collection but its very impressive. They tour guide really gives you a sense of the different periods and what it was like! Really enjoyed the Samurai demonstration and that I got to... More 

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