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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 32 attractions in Saitama
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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New York City
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45 reviews 45 reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

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
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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Indore, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

A very well maintained museum, with models & in many cases even real samples of the trains. A very nice place to see the development of railways.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Trains are an important part of Japanese culture and I wanted to see some of the iconic trains up close. This museum is an enjoyable few hours regardless of if you're deeply interested in trains. There are some good childrens areas too. In many ways it reminds me of the National Railway Museum in York UK (which is bigger and... More

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Kawasaki, Japan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

A great place for train enthusiasts. They have so many trains on display, ranging from 1870s to as recently as 1970s, some of which you can go inside. It's also a great way to learn a bit of modern Japanese history. Admission is 1000 yen and well worth it! How to get there: They tell you to transfer to a... More

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Makati, Philippines
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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a beautiful museum and a must for anyone who loves trains. It is packed with displays of locomotives, railway passenger and freight cars, and very special carriages used for the Imperial Family.. One of the things I particularly liked was the accessibility of the displays. You can actually go on board and get up close to some of... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Being a locomotive fan I ventured to the museum for a morning excursion. It is very easy to find: I took the Shonan-Shinjuku line North from Shinjuku station to Omiya station, which took roughly 30 minutes, followed by the New Shuttle from Omiya station to the museum (1 stop away). The museum itself is well laid out and has a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Its a great museum that is nearby the Bonsai Museum. In fact we had a 200yen discount because of the ticket stub from there. The museum is huge and houses trains across many different ages to show how train technology has evolved over the years as well as how the shinkansen has evolved over the years.

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Irvine, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Full disclosure: I don't really care that much about trains so I thought this museum would be a snooze-fest, but it was actually quite interesting. The huge display of trains, many of which you can walk through, gives a nice hands-on lesson in the history of trains and their influence on Japan. There is some English signage, but if you... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The museum has a collection of locomotives and carriages. Nicely laid out with good explanations in English and a reminder of what a serious transport policy can achieve. There are activities for younger children, such as a miniature train ride, and a room full of train simulators for the older ones. We didn't try the cafeteria but it looks reasonable.

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