The Japanese Sword Museum

The Japanese Sword Museum, Sumida: Hours, Address, The Japanese Sword Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

The Japanese Sword Museum
3.5
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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WintersummerJ
San Jose Metro, Costa Rica73 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
The exhibition room features magnificently crafted swords, some of them designated national treasures. There are also explanations on the art of sword making.
Although it was worth the trip for me, I will say that the museum was small and might not be worth it for some, the entrance was 1000 yen.
Written June 21, 2019
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Silver325
South Pacific28 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
I suppose the situation has changed since the older reviews were written (where people complained that it was just a collection of modern swords). I visited in mid May 2019 and at that time there were plenty of old and valuable swords on display, some of them 800 years old and of great historical value. But I am not certain whether that was a permanent collection or a temporary exhibition. So, please contact the museum if in doubt.

There is a little space on the ground floor where you can see a video about the traditional process of making a Japanese sword. I found it quite interesting, even if a bit slow.

The new location of the museum is in the little park not far from the Edo-Tokyo Museum and you can easily see both on the same day.
Written May 20, 2019
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maxfield
Newcastle, Australia139 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
I expected this museum to be as per my guide book from 2017. A historical look at the sword in Japanese history including the process of making, sharpening and using the sword. This new ‘improved’ building is lovely, but housed an exhibition of recently made swords, though impressive, isn’t really reflective of a ‘museum’. 1000 Yen to get in, unless you want to see a nice collection of all modern blades, it’s probably not for you.
Written October 4, 2018
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NormandJess
5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I had never seen a true Japanese Sword, let alone one that is 800+ years old in perfect condition. I can only imagine the story that the blade holds.

This museum might not be for everyone, it is a slow methodical look at pieces each with their own design. Some of them left unsigned, why would you not sign something that took so long to make.

We were welcomed, given the materials in English, told we could take pics of everything except for two pieces.

We tried to go on one day and it was closed because they were switching over exhibitions.

I'll attach pics of my two favorites.
Written February 27, 2020
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KupitDom
33 contributions
Jan 2020
I love Japanese culture ABD I love Japanese swords or nihon to in Japanese
Unfortunatly I don't speak nor read Japanese which makes it hard to me to function in Japan
The exhibition is supurb but very poorly serviced fir foreign visitors
Many lovely ancient Japanese swords on display but with the most important information about swords appreciation available only in Japanese
They give you some material written in English but it's only of General nature!!!
The most important part of the exhibition on how to appreciate each piece and read the item is in Japanese only!! No photographs is allowed inside ( no reason is given but I failed to understand the real reason?!?!? As I wouldn't use flash but only took photis of Japanese written part to translate it later into English!!)
Also they have very strange rule there: if you get say thirsty and must go out to buy a drink ( no vending machines inside!!) they force you to buy another ticket fir re- entry!!!
General attitude towards guests is careless, unfriendly and careless!!!!
Huge bias towards non Japanese speakers ABD yet they happy take your money for the ticket and take it again if you get thirsty ( they make double money on thirsty people so why to put a vending machine there when you can double your profit?!?!?!?)
My recommendation is to give it a miss unless you are fluent in Japanese!!!
Written January 18, 2020
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Amir
Cairo, Egypt123 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
For those passionate about Japanese swords, this place is just awesome. Great display, lots of information on the making of swords. It has an amazing collection and very well organized. I'd advise visitors to have an ID handy as you can borrow a lense to have closer looks at swords.
Written May 5, 2019
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Hristo L
9 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
It is quite interesting, especially for those who don't know that a sword is composed of more than just a handle and blade. Very educational and portrays the beauty of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to 8 centuries ago.
Written December 6, 2018
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IbnBattuta2009
Lebanon6 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Not a real museum. Avoid. Small, expensive, not visitor friendly. No explanations given. Also beware: no photos allowed.
Written October 29, 2018
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SirAnthon
Brisbane, Australia85 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Ground floor display was free with some basic displays but no English explanations, for that reason we chose not to pay to see the rest. The modern architecture was of interest when compared to the original building it replaced.
Written September 21, 2018
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Dinadan
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
If you are not interested in Japanese sword smithing then the 1,000yen entry fee makes a visit unjustified. If you interested be aware this museum is small (two rooms) and has only modern blades forged recently. If you want to historical blades then the Tokyo National Museum is a better option
Written September 20, 2018
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