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Interactive Fun!

This has been a 'must visit' for my son when we visit Otaru. Many interactive exhibits, including... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii
Otaru City Museum (Railway Museum at the former JNR Temiya Station site)

“Otaru-shi Sogo Hakubutukan” or Otaru City General Museum is its official name. However, its... read more

Reviewed August 15, 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

This has been a 'must visit' for my son when we visit Otaru. Many interactive exhibits, including being able to ride on a train and seeing how they operate! Also has other science themed exhibits which are updated along with special programs to watch out...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank richsmar
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Not a deal breaker if you don’t go but interesting fun facts on the development of railway in Otaru. Maximum 30mins, 45mins if you can read the Japanese descriptions of the items on display

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank spxcfc
Reviewed August 15, 2017

“Otaru-shi Sogo Hakubutukan” or Otaru City General Museum is its official name. However, its Temiya complex branch here is really a train museum based on the former Japanese National Railway’s long-abandoned short line called the Temiya Line Temiya Station. We visited the museum just after...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Chuzaa
Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

Includes old steam loco and passenger car that you can board. Fun interactive switching game. Good history with some working dioramas. Nice turntable display with locos over time. Spent about an hour. For train buffs, an interesting small museum.

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank chitravelers11
Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Good train museum located in Otaru, take a bit of time to walk there from the canal, children should like it here.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank KMatariki
Reviewed March 26, 2016

Wonderful displays of uniforms railway workers throughout the ages. Fabulous interactive scenes of how and when the railway was constructed. Also great visualization of the different trains and their uses. There is also a large science room upstairs and a crafts room down the hall.

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank Botchan10
Reviewed March 8, 2016

Even though the outdoor trains were under wrap to protect them from the weather the museum is well worth a visit. The indoor exhibits are well displayed. There is an excellent model of the building of the railroad. The turntable model is great. You select...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank Shibanxi1
Reviewed January 12, 2016

We thought that they still have their steam train ride on winter but was mistaken, as there is no information found on the website about it closed down on winter. So we basically only see the indoor museum. They show you how they build the...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank Yulie22
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Been to this place a couple of times. There are 3 storey to visit including shopping and some really old musical boxes which is a must see if you are in otaru.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank budtrav
Reviewed August 23, 2015

There are two parts, the old warehouse buildings and the railway museum. Both are excellent. The restored buildings give one an appreciation for the many unrestored buildings all around. The railway museum includes several trips per day of a steam locomotive pulling a carriage, a...More

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank MunichEricJ
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