Japanese Sword Museum
Hatsudai: Museum
Japanese Sword Museum: Hatsudai
Hatsudai / Museum
Open 10am-4:30pm (enter by 4pm). Closed Mondays.
General admission Y600
Average visit time: 10-20 minutes

This small, somewhat out-of-the-way museum will mostly be of interest to Japanese sword enthusiasts and collectors, with extensive English-language captioning for foreign visitors. The facility is run by the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, and there are usually several dozen swords and other objects from their 190-piece collection viewable at any given time.

In addition to swords, you can admire dozens of beautifully decorated fittings, scabbards and stands, and a full-size suit of armor. In order to promote the practice of traditional crafts, the museum also sponsors competitions in the areas of sword-making, polishing, and crafting of fittings.

A small museum shop offers nice sword-themed picture books (in both Japanese and English), magazines, sword carrying bags, and hunks of raw steel.

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7 minutes from Hatsudai station (Keio line); 8 minutes from Sangubashi station (Odakyu line)
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