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Updated: October 1, 2019
The Samurai Museum is a must-visit destination for those interested in old Japan and the history of combat and conflict that characterized the country up through the late 16th century. Not only will you be able to see more than 70 kinds of exhibits, but you can also wear samurai costumes, don a kabuto helmet, and witness combat reenactments by skilled actors. Women can also wear irouchikake (a special type of kimono, usually worn in weddings). Make a reservation to enjoy other attractions such as Japanese sword classes.
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.
General admission: 1900 yen
For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.