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The Railway Museum

3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852, Saitama Prefecture
+81 48-651-0088
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Very family friendly

The train museum is quite a way out of central Tokyo but we really enjoyed the trip. We have a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ben T
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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great for families with kids and mad about trains!!!!!!!!

I took my boy to visit this museum, and we spent the whole day there and we both love it 100%! The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
colman_lee
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Sydney, Australia
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The Railway Museum was built in Onari, Saitama City as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project. This is a railway museum, and it preserves both the physical elements and heritage of railways in Japan and abroad. It also preserves materials relating to JR East and the JNR privatization reforms. The Railway Museum also conducts research and development. This is a historical museum that tells the industrial history of the development of the railway system while introducing the historical background of each period with displays of actual models. It is also an educational museum. Children can learn about and experience railway principles, systems, and the latest technologies (including future plans) through models, simulations, and play equipment.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852, Saitama Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The train museum is quite a way out of central Tokyo but we really enjoyed the trip. We have a three year old who is very excited by trains - their highlight of the trip to Japan was going on a proper Bullet train. At...More

Thank Ben T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my boy to visit this museum, and we spent the whole day there and we both love it 100%! The train displays are comprehensive and most of them you can get into the driver seat or the passenger carriages. The cafe offer lunch...More

Thank colman_lee
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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

It’s a nice museum to visit especially for train enthusiasts. We were impressed with the first few trains and the Shinkansen, then the interest started to wane a little. Had lunch in the first floor cafe. Food was ok. Nonetheless the time spent in the...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

The main railway museum in Tokyo is a fantastic collection of steam and electric locomotives; royal train cars, rolling stock; railway workings; and models. Despite being a half hour from central Tokyo, it is well worth the journey. The first bullet train (Shinkansen) is here....More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

While it maybe an awesome treat for kids, it's also a great source of information and history for adults. We were impressed by the way they have laid out the exhibit space, and marveled at the simulations that you can try. More importantly, when the...More

Thank Loyva F
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

My wife was reluctant to spend the day looking at trains, but I won her over as it'd been raining for days and we really needed to get the kids out of the house, so we took a drive about an hour out to Tokyo...More

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

I love trains, so to come here and see all the Japanese train history was excellent. Really loved the diorama show. But the main highlight was driving one of the simulators...so life like and realistic. Excellent selection of train related souveniers.

Thank Lee H
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Nice train models from different historical periods. Also interesting for a foreigner is to observe the infatuation of Japanese toward railway system and trains. Avoid the crowd and visit only at off peak days. Food tend to be a little expensive. Parking fine but needs...More

Thank travelmomVancouver
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We went here with our two sons 9 and 12 years old. The museum shows a great variety of locomotives and carriages. Ranging from steam engines to the first Shinkansen. Many carriages are open for a walk through and the boys loved to sit in...More

Thank Ludvenz
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is the place for train lovers young and old. It has the most train engines and cars under one roof that I've come across. From Japan's earliest steam engines to early diesel and electric to the modern "bullet" Shinkansen trains, this has them all....More

Thank tehmann
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Sharon T
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
Take the Saikyo line to Omiya, then exit and take the New Shuttle (private railway) (if you don't see the sign ask at information desk) and it is 1 stop. There should be signs to the Railway museum.
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