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Railway Museum, Saitama
(4.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Discover the history and heritage of one of the world's most advanced railway systems at Railway Museum. The institution aims to preserve materials from the railway's development and provides a historical context for its exhibits, which include numerous railway cars, train simulators, railway dioramas, miniature trains, and train-related books. The museum also boasts a shop, video booths, a multipurpose hall, a research room, and a cafe. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Railway Museum by using our Saitama vacation builder.
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Reviews
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  • I went with the grandchildren. It is memories column order to satisfy many adult fans while waiting for arranging admission to Chuck, I arrange, I went several times. Little reservation system or unlikely?.
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  • Children Railway Museum is very interested in the playing hours, seems to want to be where. I also gives children, and enjoys. Saying again 2 times is a place I will go three times even.
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  • Train nerd, reminds me of the memories I took was very impressed which Museum guests, but once I wanted to go see such Jnr limited express is the youngest around 50-somethings who never places once, try
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  • Very underrated museum. Everyone knows the Kyoto one but you should visit this one as well. Many locos in display from all eras. Turntable actually works and the steam whistle demo is certainly fun (get your ears ready, you've been warned). N scale layout, kids ride on layout,observation decks for photos of shinkansen and Jr local trains. Great shop as well. Spent about 5 hours and really enjoyed ourselves. Very easy to get to. Very kid friendly. Lots of photo opportunities.
  • Although it's a long trip from Tokyo, this museum is of course conveniently located to public transport. My visit time was around 4 hours. Time will vanish. I went on a weekend, and the museum was extremely busy because of this. The train selection is very broad and includes a great selection of original steam engines, and some very famous diesel and electric trains. The long history of Japan's train history is presented in both English and Japanese. There is a wide range of food, and upstairs there is a clear view of Shinkansens travelling north of Tokyo in both directions. For the kids there is a outdoor self drive mini train system, but on the day I visited it was so busy my allocated time was for 3 hours later and despite arriving in a group of 4, we were only given a ticket for 3 of us to drive the train together. Best thing to do if there are many members in your party would be to arrive in smaller groups to get tickets for multiple groups of 3.
  • The Railway Museum is located at Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station, just one stop on the monorail from Omiya Station. This is a great place to visit for anyone with an interest of trains, the general layout and feel is very similar to that of the Transport Museum in London. They have a huge diorama which was probably the highlight of the trip for me, but they are about to begin some maintenance in it which will last for 10 months I believe. Might be worth waiting until the new diorama is up and running before visiting.
  • An eye opening place to go that any railway or train otaku will enjoy. A huge warehouse / rail yard with many many locomotives and shinkansen. There's even simulators for you to try driving some of the subway trains. Super fun! Plus a diorama show. This place is a bit far from the tokyo area but still accessible via the new shuttle.
  • If you have interest at the history of Japan Railway, you will feel interesting when visiting at this museum. But the location is quite far away from downtown Tokyo and the Omiya Station, the time on travelling is quite long.