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The Railway Museum

Address: 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852 , Saitama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 48-651-0088
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Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Saitama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This museum is for train lover. They display a lot trains from time to time, and in real size. One of them is turning like turntable, at 12 pm and 3 pm, please make sure you watch it. They also have several trains driving simulator, from modern train to coal train. So your child (and you) can learn how to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My son and I took the opportunity when we were in Japan this last summer to visit this railway museum. They have a wonderful selection of equipment on display with many of the exhibits with interactive components. Most of the exhibits had explanations in English so it was easy to understand that we were looking at. One of the best... More 

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Emerald, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Great way to spend a few hours with the kids and getting there is half the adventure. Lots of different trains to experience and simulators. We actually caught the train from Tokyo Disney and took just over an hour with train swaps at Tokyo and Omiya. The 'New Shuttle' that takes you to the station where the museum is located... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Entry is Y1000, and you use your IC card to purchase a ticket, then you swipe at the turn-styles, just like entering a train station. The English coverage is ok, could do with more though. At 3pm the loco on the turntable was spun a full 360 degrees and they let the whistle off a couple of times, takes maybe... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

odd it costs 470 yen to get from the middle of Tokyo a single stop ride to this museum which costs 190 yen. the museum is a must for train buffs (I am not one, but wanted to find out more @ the Shinkansen, which is 50 years old this year). its loud, kid centric and could do with a... More 

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Hasuda, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Well worth a visit. We have been several times with our kids who seem to never get bored of walking around and spot different things every time. There are a heap of trains on display, a play room for kids full of train track they can assemble, train siumlators and a small outdoor playground. There is a miniature railway and... More 

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Pasig, Rizal, Philippines
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Ahh, The Railway Museum. Everything what you will see and experience is one of a kind - memorable, I should say. There are the old trains that have been preserved and they're very neat. The trains (or cars) that include are the ones used by the imperial family of Japan, the first shinkansen (bullet train), some old third class cars... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A worthwhile visit to the museum. We started the journey by hopping onto the Shinkansen, kids were thrilled to bits! At the museum, walk through the variety of trains used over the decades, some carriages allow you to sit and experience a feel of the old days. There are also simulators that kids can try their hand at driving a... More 

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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