Deep in the middle of the busy Shinjuku district surrounded by modern buildings and fancy restaurants sits a museum that takes its visitors through Japan’s glorious, battle-filled past.
This museum features dozens of samurai armor sets, including those of renowned historical figures such as Oda Nobunaga, Date Masamune, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Most of the armor sets come from the Muromachi and Edo periods.
There is also an area specializing in Kamakura-period weapons and armor. Also included amid the display is the attire of the Shinsengumi, who were the special police force of that era.
The museum also features regular performances in which skilled professionals showcase the art of Japanese swordsmanship. Visitors also get a chance to try out some of the samurai armor sets themselves and unleash their inner samurai warrior.
Update as of November 2022: The museum is closed indefinitely.
Know Before You Go
A ten-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. The museum is open from 10:30 am to 9 pm every day.