You don’t have to go to the lengths Tom Cruise did to immerse yourself in Samurai culture. (In fact it’s probably best if you don’t). Instead, to better understand Japan’s famed warriors, all you need to do is understand their most iconic accessory. Yep that’s right: much more than just a weapon, a Samurai’s sword was also a beautifully-crafted work of art, reflecting the fashions of the day as much as it did the rank and role of the warrior who owned it.
During this half-day tour with a sword expert and former British Museum Curator, you’ll pay a visit to the Samurai Museum, Tokyo’s beautiful Sword Museum and finally, to the hidden workshop of a bona fide sword craftsman, still hand-forging and engraving sword guards as they have for centuries. A fascinating glimpse into the lives of Japan’s military nobility you won’t forget in a hurry.