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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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We joined the English tour and found it really interesting and informative. I think it made the museum much better being able to get a more descriptive understanding of the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We joined the English tour and found it really interesting and informative. I think it made the museum much better being able to get a more descriptive understanding of the different pieces. It was brilliant getting to try on the headpiece and mask and then to top it all off: the awesome sword fighting demonstration.

Thank Helvin3
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was interesting for me and my son who is 13 years old. The samurai stories were explained by the museum guide, and we had fun trying some of the customs ... will recommend it as must see in Tokyo

Thank Amelle L
Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

wow wow wow - I have been travelling internationally for over 40 years and have seen amazing museums/displays/exhibitions in over 40 countries......... but this was extraordinary beyond definition. I read the review that said the person felt like they were in a tourist trap, well that is total rubbish, what a totally introverted viewpoint from someone lacking knowledge of tourism... More 

Thank Trevor714
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a very informative and interesting tour and museum. The tour guides are included and speak very good English; they leave every 15 minutes from the main entrance. All samurai armor shown, swords, guns, etc; a knowledgeable tour guide explains the history. One of the most interesting parts was a live demonstration with a samurai in training in school,... More 

Thank justinballetta
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is very small... so if you go browsing without a guide it will only take 15mins... also you will learn nothing as all information/ labels for exhibits are in Japanese.... Going with a English speaking tour guide... we got to learn some Japanese and samurai history, got to wear replica headwear, saw a sword demo by a master... More 

Thank Yan L
Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

make sure you get the tour at the museum. very informative. the museum had so much to offer- we loved it

Thank kathrynGreg
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I did not go through with the tour. When I got to this place I had the feeling of being in a tourist trap. I believed the fee to get in was 1800 yen, which I thought it to be too high for what this is. For what I could see it was just only samurai costumes on display and... More 

Thank foodsnobandproudofit
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did a tour with an English speaking guide. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and also pretty funny. The tour is about 30min I'd say as the place is fairly small. At the end we got to watch a little stage show that included a ninja and a Samurai. I'd definitely recommend this. noteworthy: in the small gift shop you... More 

Thank Harry B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A real must!! Cozy museum. A very informative tour with a very engaged staff. Our english speaking tourguide by name of "Haruno" was very fun, wise and noticeble that she had traveled alot and could relate different tourists. There is also some free of charge ways of experincing and of course taking pictures. Well worth! Recommended!

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Thanks to TripAdvisor we went to the Samurai Museum. It was only 400m from our hotel but we took a taxi as unfamiliar with the area. It is discreetly signed so it may be missed. The English guide supplied important historical information. It is not a large museum but satisfied my interest. It cost about $30au to enter but I... More 

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