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Updated: October 1, 2019

Samurai Museum サムライミュージアム

1F Eiwa 6th Building 2‐25‐6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

A blast from Japan's feudal past, replete with samurai swords, helmets, and ornate armor

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 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 and enjoy some other attractions include calligraphy lessons and Japanese sword course.

Tips

  • Request a free English guide, who will describe the various sets of armor, weapons, and the life of the samurai in lively detail
  • Take photos of you and your friends in the heavy, intimidating samurai armor

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.

How to Get There

  • Seibu-Shinjuku StationSeibu Shinjuku Line4 min on foot

Contact

Opening Hours

  • 10:30-21:00
    MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays

    10:30-20:00
    FridaysSaturdaysSundaysHolidays

    *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
  • Closing days: Open daily

Price

General admission: 1900 yen

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Facility Info

  • RestroomsWiFi
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • Automatic doors

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.

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