If you’re looking for something to do in the heart of Shinjuku, you might want to try popping over to the Shinjuku Samurai Museum. It’s nestled within Kabukicho, the red-light district of Tokyo, which always makes for an interesting walk. Admission is 1,800 yen for an adult, but it’s totally worth it. First, you will get an English speaking guide who will explain everything to you. And by that, I mean she even points out characters in paintings and explains what they are doing. Our guide, Haruno, was a very friendly girl that spoke excellent English and made lots of jokes throughout.
Fun things to watch out for – there is a demonstration by a samurai master, and he’ll get two volunteers to help with him. My friend Cecilia very sportingly was up for the challenge, and here’s a video of her and the samurai master!
Another thing is, you get to try on the samurai mask and headgear, which does leave you feeling pretty powerful. Although, after I saw how I looked in it, I’d like to revise feeling powerful to now feeling a little silly.
You can’t miss it from the outside!
And here’s what you’ll find inside:
Would I recommend it? Yes. I think it’s a fun thing to do, and the guided tour makes it very much more interesting as opposed to wandering around wondering about the meaning of what you’re looking at.