We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Railway Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852 , Saitama Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 48-651-0088
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 465 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
So much to see

Went there before leaving Japan and you can spend hours there. Goes from steam trains to the newest trains in Japan.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
kjsatorius1
,
Newport, Rhode Island
Add Photo Write a Review

465 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 77: English reviews
Newport, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there before leaving Japan and you can spend hours there. Goes from steam trains to the newest trains in Japan.

Helpful?
Thank kjsatorius1
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids really will love them.. daddy too.. cause there is really many train to look at... you could also get a train bento to eat in those cabin. But the mini train self drive must really reserve first arrived, the coupon was used up even before the stated timing.

Helpful?
Thank Thye H
KL
Level Contributor
232 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To get to the railway museum, we took a Shinkansen to Omiya, from there, we took a monorail to Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan station, which is right next to the railway station. Here, one can indulge in their own railway fantasies. The museum has many of Japan's older train models (portions of it) including some currently in use. This includes the early Shinkansen... More 

Helpful?
Thank SipsTea
Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Museum is filled with lots and lots of trains, past and new models. Little boys and vehicle lovers would like to take a walk inside. Visitors can also enjoy obento lunch inside the train style space.

Helpful?
Thank anned0201
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Level Contributor
165 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The locomotives are just cool. from coal burning ones in perfect condition, to the cut out cross section to show how the boilers work, and the early high speed trains just had a magic look about them. Over all it was enjoyable, but I thought it was a bit of a gouge on the price. 1000 each to visit, 500... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank whygoback
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
138 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

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 

Helpful?
Thank Khyron82
Rochester
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

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 

Helpful?
Thank ibmman
Seoul
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Helpful?
Thank bree1980
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

Helpful?
Thank Christos P
Kashiwa, Japan
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Helpful?
Thank ardhi108

Travelers who viewed The Railway Museum also viewed

 
Saitama, Saitama Prefecture
 

Been to The Railway Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Railway Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Railway Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?