Japanese Sword Museum

Japanese Sword Museum information

Tokyo , Japan
4-25-10 Yoyogi
Getting there
Train: Keiō New Line to Hatsudai, east exit
More information
adult/student/child ¥600/300/free
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun
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In 1948, after American forces returned the katana (Japanese swords) they’d confiscated during the post-war occupation, the national Ministry of Education established a society to preserve the feudal art of Japanese sword-making. There are about 120 swords with their fittings in the collection, of which about one-third are on exhibition at any one time. The museum’s location, in a residential neighbourhood, is not obvious. Head down Kōshū-kaidō to the Park Hyatt and make a left, then the second right under the highway, followed by another quick right and left in succession. There’s also a map on the website.