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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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Train lovers would be interested

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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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 89 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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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 

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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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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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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 

Thank Christos P
Kashiwa, Japan
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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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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