“Bushi" meaning “samurai,” has played a central role in Japanese society for over 700 years. They embody the idea of strong aesthetics in both life and death based on self-discipline and independence. Codes of conduct such as Bushido and Hagakure may be difficult to understand even for Japanese people living today.
The Samurai Museum is where you can experience the life of a samurai by actually wearing traditional clothes and touching a bladeless sword called “Mozoto.” It was built in Kabukicho in 2015 and became a popular attraction for foreigners.
Once entering the premises, there are a number of impressive traditional “Kacchu” armor on display. Full equipped, it weighs around 30 kilograms, including a “Kabuto” helmet that weighs around 3 kilograms.
Proceeding to the second floor, there is exhibition rooms with pure Japanese-style tatami mats, katana swords, spears, armor, matchlock guns and other weapons of the Warring States Era on display. With your smartphone, capture the memories of the “Tate” sword fighting shows and the experience of actually wearing armor known as “haori.”
There are also lectures on the captivating history of the “Japanese sword” and their beauty as well as on calligraphy, which was considered to represent the heart of being a samurai. If you are interested, be sure to make your reservations in advance.
You will be sure to walk away from the museum with the samurai spirit inscribed in your heart -- an intangible Japanese souvenir.
2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Open year around
Adult 1,900 yen, 11 years old or younger 800 yen, 3 years old or younger Free
・ 8 minutes walk from JR “Shinjuku Station” East Exit
・ Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Toei Subway Oedo Line Higashi Shinjuku Station, 6-minute walk from Exit A
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