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Japanese swords

The beautiful blade of a Japanese sword is renowned for its sharpness. It is a symbolic item representing the "spirit of Samurai warriors", and to this day, it is highly appraised as a "work of art in iron".

At the "Japanese Sword Museum" in Shibuya, Tokyo, swords and armor gathered from throughout Japan are conserved and exhibited. Here, you have the opportunity to view Japanese swords of National Treasure class.
(Note) Swords/side arms are not sold at the Japanese Sword Museum.

When purchasing a Japanese sword, select one with a registration certificate. If you are going to take it out of the country, you must submit an application to the Agency for Cultural Affairs, so please confirm this when you making your purchase. If you wish to buy one as a souvenir, a reproduction for ornamental use would probably be safest.
There are specialty shops such as "Ginza Choshu-ya" and "Token Shibata" in Ginza, Tokyo. "Token Shibata" also has a direct retail shop in the fine art section of the Tokyo Daimaru Department Store located at Tokyo Station.

The Japanese Sword Museum
Address: 4-25-10, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0053
Contact: 03-3379-1386
Hours: 10:00-16:30
Closed: Mondays and from the year-end through the New Year period
Access: 10-minute walk from Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line (take the Kakueki-Teisha or a train that stops at every station from Shinjuku and get off at the 2nd station)

Ginza Choshu-ya
Address: 3-10-4, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Contact: 03-3541-8371
Hours: 09:30-17:30
Closed: Sundays/National holidays
Access: One-minute walk from Higashi-Ginza Station on the Toei Asakusa Line

Token Shibata
Address: Ginza Suzuran Dori (Ave.), 5-6-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Contact: 03-3573-2801
Hours: 09:30-18:30
Closed: Sundays/National holidays
Access: One-minute walk from the subway Ginza Station