The popular appeal of the samurai is hardly surprising. A class of noble, ancient warriors who valued honor, courage and loyalty. What's not to like?
The Samurai Museum documents around 700 years of Japan's most intriguing social class, and its effect on the country's modern way of life. Learn how samurai culture evolved and see authentic armor, swords, and even guns (who knew?) in the heart of Tokyo. There's a tour in English, and you can also see a live sword performance!
The neon dazzle of modern Shinjuku is a world away from the one that cultivated the samurai spirit. But, stray just a little from the bustling Tokyo streets, and you can track the evolution of samurai culture from the Kamakura period to the relative modernity of Edo Japan.
Take a guided tour for an hour-long introduction to samurai history, including the strict belief system which saw them thrive. You can also get your hands on traditional swords and have a quick lesson from a skilled swordsman (it's more complicated than sticking them with the pointy end).
Plus, there's the opportunity to don replica samurai clothing and gear, including helmets. Cameras at the ready!
Searching for some stylish samurai souvenirs? Make sure you check out the gift shop, featuring real swords!
Tickets for Samurai Museum Tokyo: General Admission