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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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Rainy-Day Winner for Little & Big Kids

My wife was reluctant to spend the day looking at trains, but I won her over as it'd been raining... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paul M
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Karamea, West Coast, South Island New Zealand
Train lovers paradise.

I love trains, so to come here and see all the Japanese train history was excellent. Really loved... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Lee H
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku, Saitama 330-0852, Saitama Prefecture
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+81 48-651-0088
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
Reviewed 21 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
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
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
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful time. So much to see and do for young and old. Japan has such a rich railway heritage, and it is evident in this museum which ranks as possibly the best one for families with small kids in Tokyo.

Thank Brent G
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Lots of trains and activities to keep the kids entertained. There is a play room with train sets and then real life size replicas and smaller version to ride on. Very large space about 30 mins by train from the center of Tokyo. A great...More

Thank Nayt99
Reviewed 9 June 2017

absolutely worth the visit....I was a bit sceptical at first, thinking just old trains - but it was really impressive, lots of history, so many full size trains, so much for kids to do and very much worth the trip

Thank cleo064
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Its currently undergoing building works do the education centre on the first, second and third floors were closed. However, it was still a most enjoyable visit. The outside play area has also been removed while the site is renovated. Be sure to reserve the little...More

3  Thank Tearose333
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This museum shows various kinds of old Japanese train including steam train and Shinkansen which means first bullet train all over the world. You can enjoy train simulator just similar to true train cockpit. Please try them

Thank Tarou C
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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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