The Japanese Sword Museum in Ryogoku near the Edo Tokyo Museum

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The Japanee sword museum moved to Ryogoku that are downtown of Tokyo and opened in January 2018.

The Japanese Sword Museum

It is a museum where you can see many many Japanese swords as its name suggests.

It was previously in Yoyogi, but it moved to Ryogoku.

Now, Japanese swords are displayed in a brand new building near the Edo Tokyo museum and Kokugikan.

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Exhibited works

The exhibited work will change regularly.

A memorable the first exhibition of the new building is “Contemporary Swords and Artworks – The Ancient Techniques Inherited for Generations”.

Works winning pieces of swords and its polishing technique are exhibited.

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Floor Guide of The Japanese Sword Museum

1F: Entrance lobby

There is a ticket counter.

You can receive a brochure that summarizes the basic knowledge of Japanese swords written in English here.

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You pay for the ticket and turn right, then you can find the stairs on the left side, and elevators on the right.

Please go up to the 3rd floor.

As well as there is a cafeteria on 1F.

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2F: Office floor

2F is the office floor of a secretariat.

3F: The exhibition room and the Garden

The sword works are exhibited on the 3rd floor.

You have to show your ticket at the entrance of the room and then you get a guide copy.

They prepare the guide papers written in English.

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There also is a rooftop garden on 3F.

You can look down a Japanese style pond from the rooftop.

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It’s the Former Yasuda Garden.

The Japanese sword museum is placed in the Former Yasuda Garden.

The park is always open to the public.

This traditional garden has no entrance fee, but tourists are few and it’s not very crowded.

It’s a place that’s not well known even among Japanese people.

I recommend you to visit there after the Japanese Sword Museum.

Access to the Japanese Sword Museum

1-12-9 Yokomami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

MAP

From JR Ryogoku Station

Leave the West Exit and turn right.

Go past the Ryogoku Kokugikan and go a little.

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For about 5minutes, you’ll arrive there.

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From the Ooedo Subway Line Ryogoku Station or the Edo-Tokyo Museum

I recommend you to exit the A3 exit of the subwaystation.

There is a green road on the left side of the exit.

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As you cross the green road towards the back side of the museum, the road will branch like this, so you can go to the road on the right tile pavement.ryogoku-japanesesword-museum-route

 

↑turn right

When you turn left at the end of the tiled road,

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↑turn left

You’ll find a signal. Then across this way.

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There is the museum next to the garden.

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Hours: 9:30am-17:00pm
(Last admission 16:30pm)

Closed: Monday
(If Monday is national holiday, it opened at Monday and closed the next day)

Entrance Fee: 1,000yen

Discount information

Until the end of March 2019, you can enter at 10% OFF by presenting the semi-ticket at the Sumida Hokusai Museum of Art.

Hokusai Museum is near.

For about 10 minutes on foot.

2 Things I want you to be careful about

Including the Hokusai Museum and the Japanese Sword Museum,  museums around the Edo Tokyo Museum are all close on Monday.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closed until the end of March 2018.