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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 37 Attractions in Saitama
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Hasuda, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Gold Coast, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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1,178 reviews 1,178 reviews
379 attraction reviews
474 helpful votes 474 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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