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The Japanese Sword Museum 刀剣博物館

Japanese Sword Museum Japanese Sword Museum
Japanese Sword Museum Japanese Sword Museum

A sharp slice of old Japan

The Japanese Sword Museum is a facility dedicated to displaying Japanese swords as works of art. Run by the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, visit this museum and receive a fascinating insight into the beauty of Japanese swords.

Quick Facts

The collection contains many swords that have been awarded special status for their important cultural value

Learning about the sword-making process at the free information corner on the first floor

Witnessing the beauty of Japanese swords in specially designed display cases in the third floor exhibition room (paid entry)

How to Get There

The museum is a short walk from Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line or the subway station of the same name on the Toei Oedo Line.

You can walk easily to the Japanese Sword Museum from Ryogoku Station in 5 minutes. The easiest way to find it is by walking alongside the Sumida River, passing by the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium. The museum is located inside of a small park, the Kyu-Yasuda Garden.

The local environment

The size of the museum makes it a quick and easy option to combine with a visit to the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium, Sumida Hokusai Museum or the Edo-Tokyo Museum .

The art of swords

Since ancient times, Japanese swords have been considered not just weapons, but also objects of worship, symbols of authority, and works of art to be admired.

Preservation and education

The Japanese Sword Museum aims to preserve important swords and samurai artifacts, documenting the roughly 1,000 years of Japanese swords and their history. In addition to the swords themselves, the museum has a collection of historical documents and archives about swords and swordmaking.

Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords

The Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (NBTHK-Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords) was created in 1948 to save the Japanese sword after Occupation Forces tried to confiscate and destroy all swords after World War II.

Today, the NBTHK aims to preserve swords from a different demise. Few remaining artisans can forge, polish, and repair old katana, their parts, and other items in the samurai armory and many of these craftsmen are getting old. The society works to sustain these crafts and help people to continue to appreciate the art of Japanese swords.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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