The Railway Museum
A Japanese leading railway museum satisfies visitors from children to railway geeks!
© The Railway MuseumThe Railway Museum is a Japan's leading historical museum of railways which is run by East Japan Railway Culture Foundation, a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation. The museum exhibits, researches and studies the materials relating to railways in Japan and abroad. Visitors can learn the history and the structure of railways through interactive exhibits. Visitors can also experience operating a train.
© The Railway MuseumThe museum has 6 zones. An IC card such as Suica is used for admission. The first thing that welcomes visitors is “Entrance Zone." One of the largest model railway dioramas in Japan catches the visitors' eye.
The “History Zone" occupies about half of the entire space and is one of the main exhibits of this museum. The carriages which were actually used are exhibited as well as valuable materials. Visitors can see the transition in the railway technology epoch in Japan.
In the “Collection Zone," the collection and the library relating to railways are exhibited. A special exhibit is held sometimes. (Please visit the official site of the Railway Museum for the latest information.)
On the 1st floor of the “Learning Zone," there are the carriage factory laboratory where visitors can experience assembling and disassembling a carriage and the station laboratory where visitors can experience the works of station staff and the like. On the 2nd and 3rd floor, visitors can learn the principles and the structure of railways using interactive devices for which real parts and model carriages are heavily used.
In addition, there are the “Park Zone" where visitors can operate a miniature train and the “North Wing" where small children can enjoy safely.
This museum is where visitors of all ages, from children who love trains to adults who are railway fans, can enjoy.
Address: 3-47, Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-city, Saitama
Hours open to visitors: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Last admission 5:30 p.m.)
Admission Fee: Adults 1000 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 500 yen,
Young children (Preschool children 3 years old and up) 200 yen
Closed: Tuesday(Tuesday is open if it falls on a national holiday, and the day after that will be closed)and the year-end through the New Year periodParking Available (paid parking)
From Tokyo:[Rail]About 25-min by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Omiya Station, about 3-min by New Shuttle to Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station or about 25-min walk from Omiya Station