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

The Masterpieces of the Museum Collection - The last exhibition in Yoyogi
January 5iThursj - March 31 iFrij, 2017


In addition to their original purpose as a weapons, Japanese swords have also been considered holy, symbols of authority, and objects to be appreciated as works of art. After the Sword Abolishment Edict of 1876 Japanese swords lost their traditional role, then in the aftermath of the Second World War, the occupying forces considered them to be solely weapons, leading to their confiscation and a real danger of their total destruction. However, as a result of the efforts of HONMA Junji, SATŌ Kanichi and others, swords were saved and in 1948, after the postwar confusion, HONMA and SATŌ established the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords to promote the preservation, appreciation, study and continuation of the traditions relating to the Japanese sword as an art object, then in 1968 the Japanese Sword Museum opened as an subsidiary of the society.
The Japanese Sword Museum will move to Sumida Ward. Almost fifty years have passed since it opened in Yoyogi and as this is to be the final exhibition in the current facilities, we will take this opportunity to show all the national treasures, important cultural properties and other valuable works in our collection. These were all donated to the museum through the goodwill of our members and other aficionados who have supported our activities, contributing greatly to our objective of preserving, transmitting and popularizing Japanese swords, mountings, fittings, etc. In this exhibition, we would like to look again at these exceptional swords and offer our sincerest gratitude to their contributors for their kindness, while simultaneously praying for the success of the Japanese Sword Museum as it takes its next step forward.

The Japanese Sword Museum

Exhibition catalog

Hours 10:00-16:30 (Last Entry 16:00)
Closed Mondays
Admission fee Adults : 800JPY
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).
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.