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How to buy an authentic Japanese Sword(Katana) from our shop

How to buy an authentic Japanese Sword(Katana) from our shop
 Have you ever wondered if it is possible to import antique Japanese swords once used by Samurai, one of the most iconic symbols of Japan?

 Samurai Museum located in Tokyo, Japan exhibits antique artifacts related to Samurai warriors such as Samurai armor, swords and other equipment. Since we opened in 2015, we have been dealing with antique Japanese swords and  have shipped over 300 antique Japanese swords overseas from our museum shop. With this experience, we would like to share what is needed to legally export antique Japanese swords from Japan.

1,Exporting Process
5,In case the sword you had bought returned to Japan


1,Exporting process
We can ship authentic Japanese swords to the countries where EMS provides their service. EMS is Express Mail Service run by Japan Post in Japan. Please keep in mind that sometimes airlines would reject carrying edged tools in their airplanes, depending on the areas. We have successfully shipped antique Japanese swords to USA,UK, France,Germany, Canada(BC,AB), Australia and Mexico. If you are wondering if EMS can ship the Japanese sword to your address, please feel free to contact us. We will make an inquiry to Japan Post.

  Each Japanese sword is registered under the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Board of Education in Japan.They issue a registration paper for each Japanese sword for the owner in Japan to legally possess it. After receiving the full payment from you, we will return the registration paper to the Board of Education and apply for its permit to Agency for Cultural Affairs(Bunkacho) to legally export the sword from Japan to other countries. It normally takes around 1-1.5 months to receive this permit. And we would like you to expect at least 2-3 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered.

 Typically, your local post office will be in charge of shipping a sword to your address after it arrives in the country where you live. There are a few exceptions in some countries. If you have any concerns, please feel free to ask us before making a purchase.


An authentic Japanese sword will go through Japanese customs without any problems as long as it comes with its legal export permit. However, it is difficult for us to know your local laws.

Please ask your local police department or Ministry of Justice to confirm that owning an antique Japanese sword is allowed.In some cases, you must have a unique license to own a sword or obtain an import permit from its governmental organization.

If the sword were confiscated by the police and other authorities for its misuse, we would not be held accountable for issuing any refunds nor insurance.


 An international order may cause custom duties on its arrival in your country. Any customs fees for a real sword are your responsibility. If you like to check how much it would be charged, please ask your local customs office.Real swords we deal with on our website are at least 100-150 years old antique items.


 You can make an insurance claim on the sword you purchased when we ship by EMS(Express Mail Service).

 The maximum amount covered by its insurance is equal to the price of the sword. The insurance applies if your shipment is lost, damaged, or missing contents.

If the sword turned out to be damaged, you could receive its insurance after EMS has investigated the situation and proved the item got damaged during its shipping.

Insurance would not be paid more than the written amount on the shipping document, which is the price of the sword.To make an insurance claim, not only our shop but also the purchaser need to talk to the shipping carrier or submit a couple of paperwork.


5,In case the sword you had bought returned to Japan
You can track where your item is online by using a tracking number provided by our museum. Please check your shipping progress after we send shipping notice email to you.

Provided that the sword you bought returns to our museum due to its expiration of the storage period, we will charge you 30,000 yen to reship.

There will be the same charge if the item is returned owing to mistakes made by a shipping carrier in where you live.



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