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Japanese Sword Museum


Since the introduction of sword-making techniques from the Asian Continent, Japanese swords have been improved throughout Japans long history of warfare. They were not only traditional weapons but also sometimes regarded as an object of faith or a symbol of power. The Japanese Sword Museum collects and preserves 152 items, including swords such as the ones designated as National Treasures made by Nobuyoshi, Kuniyuki (Rai) and Kuniyuki (Taima), sword fittings, armor, and documents of metal working. Usually, exhibitions such as the "Koto (old sword) and Shinto (new sword) Exhibition" are held and the works of famous swordsmiths from the Heian to Edo Periods (782-1867) are on display. The Archives Room houses about 1,500 historical documents and archives on swords.'


Address: 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3379-1386
Hours open to visitors: 10:00-16:30
(Last admission at 16:00)
Admission Fee: 600 yen
Closed: Mondays, New Years holidays
Directions: About 8 min. walk from Sabgubashi Station on Odakyu Line
About 7 min. walk from Hatsudai Station on Keio Shinsen Line

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