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The Railway Museum

3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture 330-0852 , Japan
+81 48-651-0088
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Ranked #1 of 35 attractions in Saitama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What an awesome train museum. If you have any interest in trains, go here. There are excellent preserved historical trains that you can walk inside of including the first Shinkansen. There're lots of interactive exhibits including simulators for various trains, a powered bogie (motors and wheels) that you can control, and mini trains on tracks outside that you can actually... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Japan and with an interest in railways, this was an obvious "must visit" place. It was well presented and attractive and probably would be the best railway museum that we have seen. The only real comparison is the National Railway Museum in York and I would say that this is better. Recently completed it is modern, clean... More

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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

As a big fan of railway, I would say the museum is really AMAZING!!! Its scale and the attention to detail really impress me. The museum are clearly divided into different zones so that we could find the train related collections and the past train cabins are shown in a consistent theme. I really like the simulator hall in which... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

No matter what age group you belong, you will find so many things to enjoy at this Railway Museum. It has old and new trains on display: a miniature shinkansen in which you can ride a short distance; superb model railway set up; historical record; outdoor displays and plenty of places to eat food whilst siting down- including the outdoor... More

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Yilan, Taiwan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We bought JR 3-day Kanto Area Pass, and travelled to Karuizawa. Omiya is a big station in between, only 20 minutes by Shinkansen. Using JR Pass you can take the train from Omiya Station to the Museum Station for free. The railway museum is big, equipped with all kinds of trains, rail and relative things. No only kids enjoy, adults... More

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Adrian, Michigan
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1,076 reviews 1,076 reviews
354 attraction reviews
415 helpful votes 415 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is well done and is unquestionably the top attraction in Saitama Prefecture. I thought I was simply visiting a train museum (and I certainly was doing that). But an equally enjoyable treat was watching the kids who came with their parents and grandparents. There is something about kids and trains and it was a delight to watch them... More

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San Jose, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The Japanese take rail travel seriously. Typical Tokyo residents and visitors use trains daily. If you are just mildly curious about the Japanese railways this museum is for you! About one hour's travel (by train, of course) north of central Tokyo. I don't read or write Japanese, and only have a few words, but I spent a wonderful day in... More

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Saitama, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Do not go during school holidays or weekends if you are in Omiya, I made the mistake of going there on the school holidays, rush rush, crush crush, but that aside, a wonderful place for kids to have a look at yesteryears trains, has a food court, and if you take the elevator to the top, there is a viewing... More

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New York City
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43 reviews 43 reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My main reason for going was to go on a shopping spree in the gift shop for my toddler great nephew who adores trains. The gift shop was incredible but so was the museum! Although I was not with a child, just looking at things through a child's eyes made for a wonderful experience. For anyone visiting Greater Tokyo with... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This museum is a Must-go for Train Enthusiasts especially for the Steam Locomotive(SL) train on the first floor. The turntable turns at 3 P.M and the other train models there are very realistic. And if you go to the outdoor area of the first floor,it is possible to see the trains running on the Tokaido/Takasaki Line and they are required... More

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