The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords
(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai)
The Japanese Sword Museum

Supereme Sword Country,Bizen
First stage(Tuesday, June 9 - Sunday, August 25, 2015)
Second stage(Tuesday, August 25 - Sunday, November 1, 2015)

In the area currently known as the Okayama Prefecture, a Supreme Sword Country, Bizen, once existed, prevailing from the Heian until the Muromachi period. The history of sword country Bizen can be traced back to a group of swordsmiths known as Ko-Bizen-mono in the latter half of the Heian period. With the two great swordsmiths, Tomonari and Masatsune, a number of swordsmiths established a firm foothold of the sword country. The Ichimonji school succeeded sword making. Conforming with the distinctive culture of the military samurai government that was in power during the Kamakura period, they created swords of dignified shapes with splendid choji hamon, thereby launching the flourishing age of sword production. Recognizing Mitsutada as its de facto founder, the Osafune school continued by his legitimate successors, Nagamitsu, Kagemitsu, and Kanemitsu. They formed the greatest lineage in Japanese sword history, which lasted until the Muromachi period, and consequently ensured the solidity of the gSupreme Sword Country, Bizen.h This exhibition follows in the footsteps of the Bizen swords by featuring works from the legitimate Osafune line, along with great works by members of collateral lines, Nagayoshi and Motoshige, from a time of social upheavals in the Nanbokucho period. Concurrently, there is also a focus on a group of swordsmiths known as Kozori-mono. Overall, this exhibition presents the attractiveness of the Bizen swords of the sword country. It would be greatly appreciated if you would take this opportunity to step into the world of the gSupreme Sword Country, Bizen.h

Next Exhibition: Tuesday, November 3 - Sunday, November 29, 2015 Newly Designated Important Swords and Fittings Exhibition

Hours 10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)
Closed Mondays
Admission fee Adults : 600JPY
Members/Students : 300JPY
Children under 15 : Free
Access 8 minutes by foot from Sangubashi station of Odakyu-Line.
7 minutes by foot from Hatsudai station of Keio-Shin-Sen-Line (the Keio New Line).
Map Map link
Address 4-25-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku Tokyo , Japan 151-0053
Phone 03-3379-1386
Fax 03-3379-1389

Sword Museum Access movie
8 minutes by foot from Sangubashi station of Odakyu-Line.

7 minutes by foot from Hatsudai station of Keio-Shin-Sen-Line.

Grutt Pass is a value-priced ticket booklet which provides admission or discounts to the 71 facilities in Tokyo.
gurutto path

* NBTHK Japan offers courtesy service of English translation from 'Token Bijutsu' bulletin to overseas members. Also we started another English translation service of "Nihon Koto Shi" (Hisotry of Koto) written by Dr. Junji (Kunzan) Honma, which we have been carrying in serial form since Token Bijutsu No.547 in 2002 and hope you to encourage foreign sword lovers to join our association. Members receive 'Token Bijutsu' (Japanese edition) every month and are able to see all of sword photos and oshigata of the translations in it.

* Please access to the web site of our overseas branches to apply for your overseas membership.