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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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+81 48-651-0088

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Loved it! Must for those who love trains.

You can easily spend a large part of the day here. The place has old trains, including a bullet train, on display, and you can get in and pull the levers and push the buttons on a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can easily spend a large part of the day here. The place has old trains, including a bullet train, on display, and you can get in and pull the levers and push the buttons on a lot of them! They have a virtual experience as well where you can 'drive' a train but we couldn't get in as the... More 

Thank Guruprasad
Hong Kong, China
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had an extra hour in Saitama, so decided to visit the railway museum. Train lovers will enjoy it, kids will enjoy it. The "learning" area is currently closed for renovations, but the play areas are open and all the models are available too. Kids will enjoy driving their own train (extra fee?) and going up to the rooftop to... More 

Thank MusicMandy
Newport, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

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

Thank kjsatorius1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 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.

Thank Thye H
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232 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 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 

Thank SipsTea
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank anned0201
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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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 

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Seattle, Washington
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 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 

Thank Khyron82
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22 reviews
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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 

Thank ibmman
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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 

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