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Kyoto Railway Museum

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Having seen the Tokyo railway museum I found this was far more representative of railway history... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Reynella, Australia
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Phenomenal collection and excellent interactive displays

This must be one of the top train museums in the world. It seems like there is no part of train... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Frederick, Maryland
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Kankijicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8835, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having seen the Tokyo railway museum I found this was far more representative of railway history , in particular the 20 or so steam engines in the collection. The stem trail trip as well as the marvellous displays of historic and current engineering was a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This must be one of the top train museums in the world. It seems like there is no part of train design or train operations that is missing from these elaborate and very well designed displays. There are many unique and historically important locomotives and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Although very busy due to it being close to New Year, we enjoyed our visit to the museum. We paid for one English language device that had lots of information, and we shared it between us. There is an impressive selection of trains, some good...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Copa6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is well presented with lots of interactive and educational exhibits. It show the history and progression of rail in Japan and has plenty of full sized exhibits. Recommended for all but especially those with younger children, or are young at heart.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AUKeith
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not just for kids.. there are so many information about trains that u could learn.. So many things to see and do for the kids.. but the nearest train station is kyoto station so u have to walk about 700 meters to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rohaiza
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large recently opened museum, with a wide range of exhibits on three floors, including a large round house with a comprehensive collection of steam locos, and inside the main halls a wide variety of more modern rolling stock. In fact it is more than a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nolabola
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many much more interesting places to see in Kyoto - so why on earth did I visit this one? Nothing much to interest an average train traveller. However, pretty straigth forward walk from Kyoto station.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elina S
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Charming museum. Lots to learn eg. history of transportation in Kyoto, advancements, technology, etc. Must visit the circular train berth & roof level for breadth taking view of Kyoto, highlight of the museum.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

I didn't know quite what to expect, but damn was I blown away. I have to admit, i've always loved trains since I was a kid, my grandfather was involved with the railways and my love for them never disappeared. Here I am, years later...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank RD_Global_Wanderer
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

This place is 20mins walk from Kyoto Station. I will take the taxi there, esp when one have small kids. Very interesting exhibition. Although we don't get much information in English.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub,
Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining,
and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with
tourists and local business travelers, making it a
competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
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Gail B
June 20, 2018|
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Response from mikef888au | Reviewed this property |
Hi Gail, Sorry I didn’t see your question earlier. From memory, it was 1700¥ for adults. No discount for overseas passport holders. Have fun!
jane n
December 1, 2017|
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Response from sand2skis | Reviewed this property |
Walking there is flat and easy. If you have a decent pair of sandals, experience the streets of Kyoto for 20 mins. There is even a good department store (Yodobashi) and supermarket along the way, if you take a slightly... More
May 2, 2017|
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General 1,200 yen College student · High school student 1,000 yen Junior high school student · Elementary school student 500 yen Toddler (over 3 years old) 200 yen Discount with JR Rail Pass.
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