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“Unusual but Interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

Hiroshima City Transportation Museum
2-12-2 Chorakuji, Asaminami ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 732-0143, Japan
+81 82-878-6211
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Ranked #21 of 49 Attractions in Hiroshima
Type: Specialty Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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“Unusual but Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We saw a Mazda RX500 pan display at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed and noticed that it was from the Hiroshima Transport Museum. As we were due to visit Hiroshima, we decided to check out the museum.
Their weren't any sign there in English but we got the kist of what they were displaying. There were a lot of models of planes, trains and Autombiles but none of the real thing.
I'm glad I went but disappointed that I didn't get to see the Mazda RX500. I guess it was still in transit but from Good wood.

Visited July 2014
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Hiroshima, Japan
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“Attractive Museum for Family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

You can enjoy with your family or friends to look around transports such as vehicles trams. It's easy to reach at this museum from Hiroshima city centre by Astram.

Visited May 2014
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“Great Family Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

First of all, you get to it by riding the Astram, a monorail type train in the sky. This museum shows the fantastic progress Japan has made in transportation. While it is true there are many models, there are also full sized simulations. You can pilot a boat into a harbor. I crashed every time. BTW - after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, the city had the streetcars running after only 30 days. In Japan, trains always run on time. Can any other country claim that? This place is definitely worth seeing. Re: the negative review - they did not look at the museum very closely.

Visited July 2012
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“Mostly models, few artifacts, little English; a waste of time and Yen”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

I didn't see a single full-size car, boat, or airplane, and the only full-size train is a single Hiroshima street car parked outside. Aside from a collection of motorcycles and scooters and a few interpretive pieces (e.g. engine cutaways), it's all models. And while 1/80 scale models are a great way to see the difference in size between a Boeing 737 and an Airbus 340, they don't impress the way real artifacts might. Very little of the interpretive material is in English.

The museum is right next to the Astram line's depot, and it feels like it may have been built either to motivate people to ride the line (at 390 Yen each way from downtown) or as a condition of the city's granting the Hiroshima Rapid Transit company its franchise. But it's a terrible museum. The third and fourth floors are taken up by a "future transportation" model layout. It's impressive for its scale and the variety of moving parts, but it's grotesquely bland: simple flat paint with no landscaping, some interpretive video systems (all in Japanese), and enough theatrical lighting implements to run four simultaneous crappy college plays. But you won't learn anything from it. If they had instead put in interpretive material about the Astram line, perhaps with a window into the shop floor, it might be more interesting.

This is not worth spending a 25 minute (each way) train trip and 1280 yen on. (500 admission, plus 390 train fare each way.)

I'm giving it a second dot because the sheer number of (often plastic) plane, boat, and train models IS impressive. Several thousand, I'd guess, mostly at 1/100 to 1/80 scale. But the scales aren't consistent, so comparisons are sometimes tricky. Behind the museum is a bicycle-riding track that seemed to be popular with the kids: they hire a wide variety of human-powered conveyances.

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