The SC Maglev and Railway Park is a great museum for train enthusiasts young and old. It houses 39 of JR`s rolling stock displays, some with marked world speed records. Visitors can see, touch and tour the interior of the trains, learn the mechanics behind the bullet train and Maglev as well as learn the history of the railways. Combine with a trip to the Nagashima Spaland Resort or the new Legoland Outdoor Theme Park for an exciting long weekend family trip.
Visitors start their journey with a darkened entry hall exhibiting three trains, a steam engine and two shinkansen locomotives, with an excellent short film running continuously. Visitors continue their journey to the main floor housing over 30 life-sized trains, some you can touch and enter, all of which have played an important part in the development of Japan’s railway over the past 100 years. Panels display the history of each train, and a wall is dedicated to explaining the physics and mechanics of the trains. They also educate visitors and how the shinkansens are protected against earthquakes.
Visitors can submit their tickets for a lottery drawing to drive a number of their train simulators at the entrance (before noon) or at the event floor (post noon). The Lottery application and results announcement schedule can be found below.
Another highlight of the Railway Park is viewing Japan’s largest and detailed railway diorama. Families can also enjoy a bento lunch indoors or out and build a miniature train city in their kids` playrail room.
The SC Maglev and Railway Park provides an Audio Guide with explanations of the rolling stock highlights in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese at the Entrance / Information Booth. Cost is 500 yen per tour.
|Time slots||Lottery application time||Announcement of lottery results||Lottery application place|
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|10:30-12:00||When museum opens||10:25||Entrance|
(Shinkansen rolling stock side)
SC Maglev and Railway Park Details:
Address: 3-2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato-ku, Nagoya (名古屋市港区金城ふ頭3-2-2)
Business hours: 10:00 – 17:30 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing); Closed Tuesday. When a National Holiday falls on a Tuesday, the museum will be closed on Wednesday. Also closed from December 28 – January 1.
Fees:Adults 1000 yen; Elementary School Aged Kids 500 yen; Kids aged 3 years + 200 yen
Train Simulator Fee per drive: Shinkansen 500 yen (15 minutes); Train Crew Simulator 500 yen (15 minutes); Train Driving Simulator 100 yen (10 minutes)
Access: A 2-minute walk from Kinjofuto Station on the Aonami Line from Nagoya Station
Notes: There is no parking lot at the museum. Please use the neighbouring Central Exchange Area for Monozukuri Culture Parking. Stroller friendly and nursing room on site.
SC Maglev and Railway Park
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