A museum specializing in Japanese swords. Some 190 items including swords, mountings and fittings, armor, and information on metalwork.
This is a rare museum specializing in Japanese swords. It was created by the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords established over 50 years ago. The museum's collection contains some 190 items including swords, mountings, fittings, armor, and information on metalwork. Swords, mountings and fittings by prominent swordsmiths from the Heian to Edo periods are generally on display. There are also special exhibitions such as for new swords and for winners of sword-polishing and mounting competitions. In recent years the museum has attracted an increasing number of overseas tourists. Japanese swords are not just weapons; their intrinsic beauty comes from a design that eliminates the unnecessary and focuses on function. A seven-minute walk from Hatsudai Station on the Keio New Line (Keio Shinsen).