Japanese Sword Museum

Japanese Sword Museum © N. Nomura

About the Japanese Sword Museum

The Japanese Sword Museum, true to its name, is a museum dedicated to Japanese swords (katana), located in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The museum was opened in 1968 by the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords in order to popularize Japanese sword culture. The museum displays several Japanese swords, as well as sheaths, armor, and some swords that have been designated as national treasures. At the gift shop you can buy “tamahagane” steel, which is a special kind of steel used to make Japanese swords; this museum is full of attractions for Japanese sword lovers.

The museum is also planning to hold exhibitions of works by active sword craftsmen and sheath craftsmen, so if you are interested please check their homepage.

Please note that the museum plans to move to Tokyo’s Sumida Ward in September 2017 and exhibits at the current location will end on March 31st, 2017.

Hours and charges

The museum is open from 10:00AM to 4:30PM (last admission at 4:00PM). Closed on Monday and New Years. Fee is 600 yen for adults and free entry for individuals under 15 years of age.


On foot, it is an 8 minute walk from the Odakyu “Sangubashi Station” or the Keio New Line “Hatsudai Station.”

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Description: Japanese Sword Museum

Sights Japanese Sword Museum (刀剣博物館)
Address 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 0333791386
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Tuesday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:10:00-16:30 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Closed dates Monday Public holidays
Admission Fee Pay admission: 600yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Japanese Sword Museum