As a kid I was a big fan of Samurai and Japanese history, so when I was passing through Tokyo last week I knew I had to pay a visit to the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku.
This is basically a 2 story mini-museum that has helmets, suits of armor, swords, guns, and more things from the Samurai era. All of these are labeled for their respective time periods and some of the items are pretty unique.
I thought the entry price ($17.50 USD) was a bit high for what you get, but I wouldn’t say I felt cheated or anything. It would be nice if they lower the price or expand the museum a bit to have more things to see.
The rooms and exhibits are on the small side, but hey, I guess that’s life in Tokyo! I still enjoyed the visit and I think it’s worthwhile if you’re in the Shinjuku area. They have a gift shop with some authentic items for sale, but naturally those were very pricey.
Tour & Activities
The museum staff are super friendly and they have a free English guided tour that they put on every day. This is a group tour that they do every 20-30 minutes, and they take you room by room explaining all of the exhibits.
After the tour you can get your photo snapped wearing a Samurai helmet, or you can even wear a full Samurai costume if you want (see the pictures below). A friend did this and it looked pretty fun! It’s free, so it adds some extra value to the museum ticket.
According to their official website, there are some other special activities that they run throughout the day too, like calligraphy lessons and sword lectures.
Credit cards or cash are accepted, and there’s a free photo shoot and sword performance included in the ticket price. The hours for these and other activities can be found on their official website.
Photos are allowed to be taken in the museum, but not videos.
How To Get To The Samurai Museum
The museum is located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.
There are multiple rail options to get there, or you can even take an express bus from Haneda Airport (HND), which is what I did. I stored my bags at Haneda and then took the express bus to Shinjuku, which stops just a 5-10 minute walk from the museum. It was super convenient by Tokyo standards!