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Updated: April 2, 2018
The Samurai Museum is a must-visit destination for those interested in old Japan and the storied history of combat and conflict that characterized the country up through the late 16th century. Not only will you be able to see 70 selections of samurai armor, you can also dress up in replica armor, don a kabuto helmet, and witness combat reenactments by skilled swordsmen. Make a reservation and enjoy some other attractions include calligraphy lessons and Japanese sword course.
Throughout the middle ages, samurai functioned as warriors who loyally supported their regional lord. Well trained in military strategy and combat techniques, they occupied a place of high status within the warrior class. With the consolidation of Japan under the hegemonic control of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 1600s, the fighting samurai no longer had a reason to fight, and they began to assume a status of well-educated and wealthy nobility. The Samurai Museum focuses on the earlier period when these noble warriors were actively at war with one another.
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