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The Railway Museum

3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku, Omiya, Saitama 330-0852, Saitama Prefecture
+81 48-651-0088
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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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3-47 Onaricho, Omiya-ku, Omiya, Saitama 330-0852, Saitama Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located outside Tokyo, about 30 minutes with the Tokaido/Utsunomiya line. After that you take the New Shuttle to the Museum. From the station there are clear signs to the museum. If you have a Suica card you can charge your card with entry to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This does not match the train museum in Nagoya...but it's still a treat. Very accessible from Tokyo and it's a great place to see a collection of trains from old to modern. A miniature train track is displayed in a small auditorium and it's really...More

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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

A really good museum with a lot to do for kids - there is a bit of a lack of English signage (although there is an English leaflet and the museum’s website has quite a lot of English info) Various things need extra tickets and...More

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We bought a package at the station that including a trip on the bullet train, the monorail and the entrance fee to the museum. A great place to visit with plenty to see and hands on activities

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

As others have noted, the Railway Museum is a short train ride from Tokyo, and this museum makes for an excellent rainy day activity from Tokyo. It boasts an awesome collection of replicas of train carriages and locomotives that were used in Japan. The ongoing...More

Thank YP C
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 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

3  Thank Ben T
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

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

2  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

1  Thank Babymuji
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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

1  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

2  Thank Loyva F
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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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