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Address: 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852 , Saitama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 48-651-0088
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Awesome Museum

This museum is totally rad. There are trains everywhere. You can get into them. Take tons of selfies. Explore the history of the development of the Japanese railway system... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is totally rad. There are trains everywhere. You can get into them. Take tons of selfies. Explore the history of the development of the Japanese railway system. You can even wait in line, and ride a "virtual" train - which is hilarious when you really think about it. But so cool. We don't have the "Train Culture" like... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A huge place with trains from every age. Enough explanation in English to make it clear what's what (and if you take a smartphone you can look up more). It's lovingly done and perfect for anyone with any love for trains.Caters to all ages. Great shop. Well worth the trip from Tokyo for. Particularly if it's raining!

Thank Heidbummer
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was a long ride out of Tokyo, but definitely worth it! Once you get to the New Shuttle train much of the English starts to disappear, but it was still pretty easy to find the museum. The museum had plenty of English on signs, was easy to navigate, and easily took up 2-3 hours of time. It's a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it's a long trip from Tokyo, this museum is of course conveniently located to public transport. My visit time was around 4 hours. Time will vanish. I went on a weekend, and the museum was extremely busy because of this. The train selection is very broad and includes a great selection of original steam engines, and some very famous... More 

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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum is a dream come true for a train fan like me. You have history of Japanese Railway (JR). Many many real pieces of train engine, from the classic steam locomotives to the high-tech Bullet Train. Most of them are for you to touch, broad and also interact. There also many train simulators you can try your train driving... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

There was an attraction to some degree, but when I didn't make a reservation beforehand, it could hardly be used. Exhibit kind of a lot was astonishing to history and a life of a free railroad. The attraction is for children and the enjoyment by which an adult exhibits us in a museum is Maine, isn't it? The entrance charge... More 

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Belvedere, France
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Oriented towards children as well as overgrown trainspotters, this very modern and well-planned facility will tell you everything you need to know about the history of Japan's rail system. There is enough English in the captions to make this possible. Sufficient rolling stock and locomotives to provide texture to what you are reading about on the walls. Massive model rail... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Oh my goodness, the train buffs loved this! An enormous area, with historic trains on show, many passenger cars open to be wandered through. A huge diorama model set, real trains hurtling past and you can even drive a train in a simulator. Excellent all round!

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I wasn't aware of this museum until my Japanese mother in law told me, and how to get there. A quick monorail takes you directly to the museum which I must say was a very impressive day. I took our 3-year old who absolutey loved it! The tickets were not expensive, and their were options to drive little trains (which... More 

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Pune, India
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Good place to drop by if you are around Omiya. Can spend 2-3 hours. Experience of driving a train on simulator is good. Kids would love it. There is also a 10 mins show of toy trains. If you have visited Tokyo Metro museum, this may be repetitive. Although language used for explanation is mostly Japanese only. There are restaurants... More 

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