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Visiting Samurai Museum Shinjuku

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Tokyo's Samurai Museum is a famous urban entertainment museum in Kabukicho, Tokyo. The museum is the perfect representation of the samurai spirit and the Japanese belief that honor is always more important than a samurai’s life. Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum is dedicated completely to such honor-bound warriors. The museum is replete with such exhibits as Kabuto helmets, weapons gathered from Japanese and foreign collections, and over 70 examples of samurai armor. Japanese swords and armor displayed here perfectly reflect the true beauty of the samurai spirit. Each display has detailed descriptions in Chinese, English, and Korean so that almost all foreign visitors can understand what’s written and thereby, appreciate the artifact fully.

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Explore Tokyo's Iconic Samurai Museum

Explore Tokyo's Iconic Samurai Museum

1. Splendid Architecture

1. Splendid Architecture

The marvelous architecture of Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum is worth appreciating. There are two areas in the museum. The first is the ground level where you can notice a reception desk, a gift shop, and a wide range of yoroi sets of armor among which most are from the Muromachi and Edo periods. The second area of the museum is the first floor which is divided into six smaller areas that feature kabuto helmets, swords and other bladed weapons, matchlock guns, yoroi armor, and the passage to the modern times. The Japanese essence is visible in all rooms having tatami mats, music, paper screens, atmospheric lighting, and much more. The splendor of Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum is a highlight. Both the interior and exterior are soaked in this splendor.

2. Japan’s Feudal Past

2. Japan’s Feudal Past

The Samurai Museum is, undoubtedly, one of the most visited places for those who love old Japan and its history full of feuds and combats prevailing in the nation up through the late 16th century. Here in this museum, you can see 70 selections of samurai armor which are a completely mind-blowing experience. The best part is that there are replica armor and don a kabuto helmet that you can wear and feel like warriors. Don’t forget to take your pictures! There are skilled swordsmen who re-enact combats of the past. You can also learn calligraphy and Japanese sword fights. All you need to do is make a reservation.

3. Sword Performance

3. Sword Performance

This is one of the most loved attractions of Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum. Professional actors with screen and stage background come and participate in sword shows. You can take photos of yourself with smartphones or cameras after wearing a battle coat and samurai helmet.

4. Samurai Calligraphy Lesson

4. Samurai Calligraphy Lesson

This is a nice attraction for those who like calligraphy. Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum provides interested visitors with samurai calligraphy lessons on daily basis. These lessons are given by Shiho Kurabayashi, a professional calligrapher who crafted the logos for Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and a movie Sadako 3D.

5. Japanese Sword Lesson

5. Japanese Sword Lesson

The former curator at the British Museum, Mr. Paul Martin, holds Japanese sword lecture in Tokyo's Shinjuku Museum for interested guests. He is an expert on samurai swords and you can learn a lot about this fascinating art from him.

Samurai Museum Shinjuku Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Tickets to the museum can be purchased directly from the ticket booth at the museum’ s main entrance.Queues are generally moderate and you can expect to grab your tickets in some 15 to 20 minutes.

How To Get Around?

You can walk around to explore this historical iconic museum in Tokyo. The pathways are well built and all major attractions are at walking distance from each other.

What Should I Wear?

While visiting the theme, you can wear whatever keeps you going comfortably for a longer period of time. Jeans, shorts, skirts, leggings, casual shirts, etc. are all great options while light jackets and hoodies can come in handy for cold evenings and winter seasons, in particular.

Samurai Museum Shinjuku Facts

Best Time to Visit

The museum in Tokyo is open all year long so you can happily visit any time as long as you are comfortable with the prevailing climate and weather conditions.

Currency

Yen

Will I Need a Guide?

You do not need a guide to explore the historical museum. Moving around is comfortable and all the required information is available on this website.

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, Tokyo International Airport is the closest touch point. It’s one of the busiest airports on the planet and receives hundreds of daily flights from almost all major airports around the world. Convenient accommodations are available nearby and you can ask the hotel staff to arrange a round trip for you to the iconic museum. If you are traveling from within the Tokyo, you can catch a free rail, taxi, cab, Uber, or rental car to reach the museum.

Additional Info?

Tokyo is a fairly economical country for tourists from around the world. Excitingly, rail passes are not needed to travel around Tokyo.

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