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The Japanese Sword Museum

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Address: 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-0053, Tokyo Prefecture
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Interesting but hard to find museum

If you are interested to see authentic japanese sword, this place is worth visiting. The displayed sword are really interesting and the museum provides brochure about the sword... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
jhona u
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makati city
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makati city
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested to see authentic japanese sword, this place is worth visiting. The displayed sword are really interesting and the museum provides brochure about the sword for your appreciation. You just need to be very determined to find the location of the museum. Its not easy to find. Make sure you take the keio new line train so... More 

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Leeds
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are pleased we saw this as it represents an important part of Japanese history. It is great that this collection, some of which are 7-800 years old, has been preserved so well with interesting history. However, as an experience, there is not much to see, hence only two stars. If you are in the area take a look but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a bit of a fan of the Japanese sword this place is not to be missed. It's tucked away in a back street but in these days of maps on phones it shouldn't be hard to find.

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Thank Wayne I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Though this pace is quite awkward to find it was worth the effort. It was however the final exhibition in January 2017 before the museum moves to its new location in Sumida Ward. Favourite exhibits were the scroll by Miyamoto Musahsi and Uesugi Kenshin's sword

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United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This would take approximately twenty minutes walking distance from metro station. It is down some back streets and seems off the main road, in a remote corner. However, it is worth the detour. The craftsmanship of the swords, handles and other metal details is just absolutely incredible. How can so much detail be possible on such a small metal area.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

It was a fantastic long walk to get here, if you love swords this is the place for you, a lot of history written on the displays. It is not as large as we thought it was going to be, but nonetheless enjoyable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Walked a long way from the station to come and see this and was quite disappointed. (due to relocate soon so it might be easier to get to) There is only a single large room with various swords on display. Although the swords are of historical importance, there were limited descriptions in english so much of the significance was lost.... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is a museum aimed at scholars of Japanese swords, not those with a casual interest. It is difficult to find and expensive by the standards of other museums we visited. The museum consists of one small room showcasing an exhibition of a particular school of sword decorating. The National Museum at Ueno park had more swords and armours and... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

If you're a fan of swords this is a must see. Incredible historic precious pieces with English descriptions. Well laid out with lots of room for visitors and no pressure to move through quickly. It was well worthwhile spending an hour here.

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Maryborough, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We have been planning a Japan trip for ages and specifically scheduled a day to go to this museum. I expected to see armour, fittings and swords from some of the old great masters but was greeted with one small room with a total of 14 blades from the 1840's and a heap of sword furniture from a special exhibition.... More 

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