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Otaru Museum

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Address: 1-3-6 Temiya, Otaru 047-0041 , Hokkaido
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Phone Number: +81 134-33-2523
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Great history of Hokkaido train development

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2016
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Gardena, California
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Gardena, California
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Forest Hills, New York
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4 of 5 stars 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 an engine from the roundhouse, it comes out on a turntable, rotates 360 degrees and... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars 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 tracks through mountain on the aged day. Will be interesting for train lover, but mostly... More 

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spore
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5 of 5 stars 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.

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Munich
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5 of 5 stars 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 favorite for the kids.

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Aomori, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Overall rating: 3.9 stars In return for a modest admission price, I really enjoyed the Otaru City Museum located in a kura (old warehouse) near the canal. The small, but well organized, exhibition walks visitors through the history of Otaru starting from around the mid-1800s. Shipping trade between Otaru and Osaka had been taking place for awhile; but business really... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The price of the ticket allows for entry to 2 museums, one near to the Otaru canal and one further down the road that is focuses on Trains. Interesting to learn about the history of Otaru being the Wall Street of Hokkaido and also the scale of commercial fishing. I especially enjoyed the train museum as it traces the history... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

interesting museum for those interest in Hokkaido. even though everything was in Japanese and my wife was not in the mood to explain the kanji i could not read the people working there were helpful in explaining. worth a visit if you have time to kill in Otaru.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a nice small historical museum of the history of Otaru. The museum features many displays representing the early fishing and financial centers of Otaru. Everything is written in Japanese, so it helps to know some, but for the most part the displays are self explanatory.

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