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The Railway Museum

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Address: 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852 , Saitama Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 48-651-0088

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Japan's History on Rails

You arrive at the museum after a short trip on the New Shuttle from Omiya station, and purchase a electronic "ticket" on your Suica (or other Mobile) IC Card to pass through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You arrive at the museum after a short trip on the New Shuttle from Omiya station, and purchase a electronic "ticket" on your Suica (or other Mobile) IC Card to pass through the gates, much like any Japanese train station (or buy a paper one if lacking a Suica). The main attraction is the History Zone, in which numerous trains,... More 

Thank Khyron82
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't consider myself a train nerd, but I do harbor a certain appreciation for the technological achievement that is high-speed rail. I've spent probably more time than I'd like to know about looking at specifications of shinkansen train sets, and trying to figure out when the Tokaido line maglev will be done. So I had wanted to check this... More 

Thank ibmman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

I spent 5 hours here with my 4 year old, and we could have spent a few more hours. The main hall has lots of train cars to view and explore, and there are two play sections for kids (one with train toys and one with a library of train themed books/lego/Thomas videos). There is also a huge model train... More 

Thank bree1980
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

This isn't a worth excursion for travellers across Japan. If you are only casually interested in railways, and you have a JR pass, then you are much better off going to the new Kyoto Railway museum and/or trainspotting with your JR pass in any major station. It is just a big hall of trains, and many of the other more... More 

Thank Christos P
Kashiwa, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

If you like trains and want to know better about the history of railways in Japan, then this place is a must to be visited. Enjoy the experience for trying the earliest of Shinkansen's car as well as some historical trains. The first floor is consisting a big hall full of trains, while the second floor is the place for... More 

Thank ardhi108
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We loved this and we came out of Tokyo to check it out, it was worth it. There were a bunch of historical trains and the very first Shinkansen and how it worked. For most of the trains you can go inside of them. Some areas display how the breaks work and the tracks. There is also a part for... More 

Thank Jelly B
Brno, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Two halls full of trains, most of them are accessible and well described in English. You can see first Shinkansen trains. Some exhibits are interactive and there is a large space that describes technical principles of trains - interesting for children and adults who have no knowledge of these principles (block system, diesel-electric car, brakes etc). Entrance 1000 JPY.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

A good variety of trains in the museum which was perfect for train enthusiast and for photo opportunities. They also have playground area for kids and a mini train to ride on. Love the bento boxes booth. Plenty of tables & seats to enjoy the bento boxes or you can also at the restaurant near the entrance. The souvenir shop... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Our son loved this place. It is a short ride on a shinkansen from Tokyo station. Once you arrive you take a train shuttle to the museum. There are various trains from the early days, which you can walk through and explore. They have a room full of model trains running through a mini town. They have a playroom for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

There is so much I enjoyed about my visit to the Railway Museum..the building itself, the cared for & beautifully restored trains, the diorama, the simulators, the view from the fourth level, the science areas...but what was distinctly lacking was support for English speaking visitors. Whether they provide English speaking tour guides, portable audio equipment or written explanations in English,... More 

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