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Otaru Museum

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Address: 1-3-6 Temiya, Otaru 047-0041 , Hokkaido
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+81 134-33-2523

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 9, 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank chitravelers11
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank KMatariki
Gardena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank Botchan10
Forest Hills, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Bob L
Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank Yulie22
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank budtrav
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

4 Thank MunichEricJ
Aomori, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank Andrew1234
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank Arthura33
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

3 Thank johntaro

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