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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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  • There are exhibits, take one day. The inside of the vehicle was and is also available. There were goods available only here, and you can also buy the Ekiben. There is a problem. From Omiya station, change at 1 station access is good.
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  • The Museum's giant, as much as the story of the train. Since an exhibition featuring all kinds of wagons to simulation of how to run the machine, the Railway Museum is the kind of tour that you hold all day-in the best way possible. There is so much to see, to do and to move. The ticket is expensive compared to other museums, 1000 yen, but justifies charging once inside. For those who want to go deeper in experience, you can buy a ticket the part that allows you to fly a mini train. Has a hint of truth to these thumbnails with about six different kinds of machines and you need to speed up and slow down according to the commands of the signs. It's a lot of fun. I can't remember how much, but certainly not more than 300 yen. For those who go with small children, there is also a (free) which makes a little trip to a few meters by the Museum, a mini train. Is geared in particular to the small, but has no age limit. I went. I also saw an internal area dedicated to children, where parents can sit relaxed in a corner while they play in a colorful and fun. As for the simulations, are about four different types of train, at least, you can fly for free. Three giant screens form the vision of each cabin and you fly "for real", stirring a real Accelerator, as well as brake. Also has a special simulation that is paid, but I confess that I didn't look for more details. The others have already been more than enough for me! As it has a lot to do, quietly gives to spend the day at the Museum. Great plan B for a rainy day. And have a restaurant there, then gets more comfortable still. To close, the museum gift shop is pretty cool. The price is steep, but for anyone who has interest in machines, is a doom. Has everything you can imagine related to trains.
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  • Many vehicles are lined up, but still... It is felt, are arranged in tight places, so difficult to take a picture. I or II should spread the place a little more carefully.
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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.