The samurai class rose to prominence during the Kamakura era and would rule Japan for most of the 2nd millennium until the Meiji Restoration in 1868 put power back in the hands of the emperor. The museum displays the swords, matchlock guns, and armor used by the samurai over the different periods of Japanese history. There is also a makeover section where you can dress in samurai attire and have your photograph taken. The museum caters well for foreign tourists with information in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.

Information
Location
Samurai Museum, Eiwa Building No. 6, 2-25-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
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Getting there
8 minutes from the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station
Details
10:30-21:00
Adults ¥1,900, U12s ¥800, children under 3 are free
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