“Samurai Museum” in downtown Tokyo Shinjuku. What is surprised when entering inside is the exhibition of fullness and abundant lecture.
“Samurai Museum” is a museum that introduces the samurai era that lasted about 700 years from the Kamakura period to the Edo era. It opened in September 2015. Since opening it is extremely popular regardless of Japanese or foreigner. As a theme of “Samurai”, it is more popular among foreigners than Japanese, about 90% of visitors are foreigners. The information display inside the hall is also compatible with Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. Also, a free guided tour will be conducted in English every 10 to 20 minutes. When observing only the exhibits in the Samurai Museum, the time required will be from about 30 minutes to 1 hour. However, it takes more time to take “Samurai calligraphy lecture” or “Japanese sword course”.
The opening hours of the Samurai Museum are from 10:30 AM to 9 PM. There is no regular holiday. Since it is open until relatively late, it is a good idea to visit with other tourism in the Shinjuku area.
From “Shinjuku Station” east exit of Japan Railway, it is about 8 minutes on foot and from the Seibu Shinjuku Line “Seibu Shinjuku station” it is much closer than a 4 – minute walk away. In addition, it is a 6-minute walk from “Higashi Shinjuku Station” of Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and Oedo Line.
At the first floor of the Samurai Museum, in addition to the souvenir section, armor and helmet are on display. Most armor and helmet are exhibited without being put in case etc. There is not much opportunity to see armor and helmet closely. It is a valuable opportunity for those who are interested. You can basically take pictures except some exhibits.
In the Samurai Museum, swordfight stunt shows by professional performers active in movies and theaters are also held. The show is held every day, four times a day at 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm. It is about 10 to 15 minutes show each. This show can be seen only by entrance fee of Samurai Museum, no extra charge required. Since it is possible to see only the first 20 visitors each time, you should go to the venue a little early when you get crowded.
In Asia’s biggest entertainment district, Kabuki-cho
The samurai who were active in Japan from the 10th century to the 19th century.
Their history is studied and the museum which can feel a soul is located in Shinjuku Kabuki-cho. This is the museum which you can learn their history and can feel their soul located in Shinjuku Kabuki-cho.
The Japanese-styled house which appeared suddenly in Kabuki-cho that was an Asia’s biggest entertainment district. The character of the “samurai” who attracts attention particularly and the showy armor put on the front. Although it may seem what store it is really, this is a museum which introduces the history of the samurai over about 700 years from the Kamakura period to the end of Edo Period.
Real SAMURAI spirits can be experienced
It is said that real SAMURAI spirits can be experienced, and is the spot which has received high evaluation also from the foreign tourists who actually visited.
Four languages is displayed on the showpiece
Under the fantastic illumination, the excellent armor helmet meets you when you step into the shop imitating the Japanese-styled house..Armors form a line in a row when you advance to the depths.
Since explanation of not only Japanese but English, Korean, and Chinese of four languages is displayed on the showpiece, foreign tourists also can understand Japanese culture deeply.
Extremely popular among foreign tourists
You can take a ceremonial photograph in armor in the “armor photography studio”. This is extremely popular among foreign tourists, and became a topic of conversation. You can chose a favorite combination from the haori of six sheets, three helmets, swords, and spears, and commemoration photography can be performed.
Let’s challenge by all means
Inside a hall, the sword fight by an actor and iai (instantaneous drawing of the sword) show are also performed every day. It is the event that powerful “sword usage” can be seen from a short distance, and the stuff explain a style and also answer to a question.
Moreover, you can take a sword in your hand directly and can also ask him to teach a style. With the feeling as if you are a samurai, let’s challenge by all means.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Kabukicho 2-25-6 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021 Japan
|Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line , Toei Oedo Line “Higashi-Shinjuku-eki” Station (6 minutes walk)
|1,900 yen (Adult)
800 yen (Children under 12)
Free (Children 3 or Under)
Please refer the official web page.