SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Buckster21
London, UK392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
It is worth the journey to get from the city centre down the Aonami line to see this great railway museum. There is a large range of trains from the earliest days to the latest Maglev designs with detailed explanations of everything you can see. There are simulators for many different kinds of train and the vast railway diorama shows off what can be done with railway modelling if you have enough space, and presumably time and money. We came away having been on many of the exhibits and learnt plenty from our enjoyable visit.
Written January 10, 2023
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James
Brisbane, Australia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a must do in Nagoya, certainly a highlight of the trip. It caters to all ages and offers both English and Japanese information about each of the trains with a great gift shop.
I’d recommend at least 2 hours here, as there is plenty to see and learn, would be fantastic to see more on the MAGLEV side, although there is a seperate museum for that near Tokyo.
Written December 22, 2023
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,425 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I think if you have time to kill, this is an option. I did learned a few things about the Shinkensen technology and history after the visit. However, the sad part is that the exhibit are mainly explained in Japanese so english speakers can only view the pictures and not much else. It would have been nice to provide english translation.
Written February 21, 2024
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Mar Bea
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Well curated museum on the history and current operation of rail travel in Japan. A great opportunity to learn more about the importance of Shinkansen in Japan. Great English language translation and wifi to use your translation apps when necessary.
Written May 29, 2023
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stevethegibbon
Gwersyllt, UK584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Train taking us here was packed out.
Loads of screaming kids, I was worried!
Arrived at station, all worries disappeared, as the kids were all going to legoland!
Anyway in we went and had a great afternoon.
Shinkansen past and present are there and with the scmaglev, perhaps a glimpse of the future.....it certainly looks interesting for Japanese railways.
Best part for me though was seeing the 0 type Shinkansen, Japanese Railways presented one to Britains York National railway museum, some time ago.
We saw Yorks Shinkansen 10 years ago and photographed my young son with it.
Today we photographed my now 15 year old son with the Nagoya type 0.
The staff were very interested to see our two pictures, of my son, ten years apart, surprisingly they didn't know there was a JR Shinkansen in a UK train museum.
I've attached the two photos, from York and Nagoya.
We think they're great
We also think both rail museums are great!
Both are well worth a visit
Written July 27, 2019
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i0kan
Tokyo, Japan293 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
I found out the hard way that most attractions are closed in Japan on Monday. Once I travelled quite some distance, only to find out the museum was closed. As was the museum next door, and the next one, and the zoo... So I was pleasantly surprised to find out the Scmaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya is open on Monday (and closed on Tuesday)!

If you want to see everything, you're done in this museum in less than an hour. It is just one big building with two storeys. If you want to experience everything, you'll spend the best part of a day. Besides the huge trains, there are many displays explaining the technology behind the various aspects of the shinkansen. One does not need to speak Japanese, most information is available in English as well (abbreviated).

There are simulators where one can operate a normal train or a shinkansen. Don't forget the maglev room, where there's even a simulator that shows what it's like to travel Japan at 500 km/h.

At first I was hesitant to visit this museum because it is outside of Nagoya. The travel instructions on the museums website are minimal. It turns out there's very little to it. Take the Aonami line from Nagoya central station. Since Nagoya is the starting point of this line, there's no worry about getting on at the wrong platform. The museum is at the end of the line (Kinjo-futo), so nothing confusing there either. The museum is clearly visible from the train and the station. Still there are signs every few metres directing to the museum, for those who manages to miss even the most obvious clues. It's foolproof and even tourist-proof.

While I'm not really into trains, the visit was interesting and pleasant, making it a wonderful way to spend a Monday. Thanks to this museum I do like Mondays after all!
Written December 2, 2013
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nm758
Interlaken, Switzerland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2011 • Solo
If you are a rail fan and in the Aichi prefectural area, you owe yourself a visit to this newly-opened museum. There are so many things to see for both adults and children. Among them are a look at Japanese rail history, a very large and detailed diorama and walk-throughs of the Shinkansen and other historical carriages. I would recommend staying a few hours to soak everything up.

As this museum opened in March 2011, it will probably be crowded through the Summer months. The Shinkansen Simulator and diorama were particularly popular and therefore crowded (long waiting times.)
Written July 24, 2011
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Arriving in Nagoya by train around mid-morning on a Sunday, my initial intention was to park my luggage in a locker at Nagoya Station and take in the Railway Museum before checking-in to my hotel. The Museum (in the Port area of Nagoya) is only accessible by taking the (private) Aonami Line train to the terminus station of Kinjo-Futo. Luggage parked, I made my way to the Aonami Line Transfer Gate at the far side of Nagoya Station only to be confronted by a queue of several hundred people (and crowd control measures in place), ...... simply to access the few ticket machines for the Aonami Line. I abandoned my proposed itinerary and headed off to the Toyota Museum instead.
Later I was to discover that the other major attraction adjacent to Kinjo-Futo Station is Legoland; probably a very popular destination on a Sunday. The Railway Museum is open on Mondays, so the following day I headed out for v.2 of my itinerary; no queue at the ticket machines but the train about to depart was already standing room only. As a late 60-something, I didn't fancy standing for the 24-min journey, so elected to get seated the next train on the opposite platform which was due to depart 15-mins later. Although this train too was packed by departure, I was relieved to find that virtually all the passengers, on arrival at Kinjo-Futo, headed off towards Legoland. Although it was raining heavily, the Museum is an ideal destination in inclement weather as there is a covered walkway from the Station to the Museum entrance.
Having toured Japanese Railway Museums in Kyoto and Kyushu on previous visits and rated them highly, the Nagoya exhibits were equally impressive. On entry, three items of rolling stock that set world speed records (C62 Steam Locomotive, 300X Shinkansen and Superconducting Maglev) are stunningly presented in near darkness. Walk through to the spacious open hall beyond and the advances in high-speed railway technology are showcased from early Electric Railcars to the latest Shinkansen. For me, the Railway Park is memorable for its' impressive array of various iterations of Shinkansen from Series 0 (1964) through to the latest Series N700 (displayed outside).
Written May 9, 2020
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282jellybean25
Tarui-cho, Japan41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
I think I went in with too high of expectations, but this museum was rather small and not that interesting. It's basically comprised of a collection of trains. As I've already traveled by train a lot in Japan, seeing these trains and going on them was nothing special. They also didn't have comprehensive information in English. The price was 1000 yen and I thought that was too high for this museum. My husband won the lottery for the train simulator which was basically a video game of driving a train with life-like controls. You have to pay extra to try the simulator as well. The museum is out of the way of other attractions as well. I would definitely suggest going to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology instead. The best part of the museum was the section about how the Maglev works. Plan to spend 2.5 hours if you go.
Written June 9, 2015
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Vivien N
Hong Kong, China35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
My kids were never into trains until they got to Japan and saw the myriad of trains in the country. But they still enjoyed seeing real trains up close and going into the various trains. We could see what the restaurant cabins looked like, learnt a little more about the evolution of trains and got to “drive” the trains using simulators.
To get into the simulator for Shinkansen, you’d need to join the ballot. We didn’t win the ballot so only went to the simulator for regular trains which was still fun.

I’m not sure I’d stay another night in Nagoya for this tho, I read that Kyoto has a bigger rail museum.

Next time if I go, I’d prob take a day trip from another city.
Written June 9, 2018
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