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Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan

Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan

To help you discover and explore a few of the amazing trains Japanese engineering has produced throughout the years we`ve listed a few of our favorites. Explore the interiors of the historical train cars, view the antique collections, learn the mechanisms of the rails, test your skills with train driving simulators and play with interactive exhibits. These museums are a great place to visit for families and railway enthusiasts rain or shine – and to escape the summer heat. Have fun!

 Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan - Kyoto Railway Museum1. Kyoto Railway Museum – The Newest & Largest Railway Museum in Japan  The JR West Kyoto Railway Museum (京都鉄道博物館), formerly the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, was expanded and modernized, and reopened in April 2016. The museum houses 53 retired railway vehicles from a steam locomotive built in 1880 to a 500 series shinkansen built in 1996. There are 2 floors of trains, mini dioramas, a working railroad crossing, and interactive displays that will  Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan - Kyoto Railway Museumkeep your train enthusiasts busy for hours. The 2nd floor houses train driving simulators where visitors can experience Kyoto Railway Museumusing a simulator real train conductors use for training, and a cushioned play area equipped with playrail trains for little ones. Outdoors visitors can ride in passenger cars pulled by steam locomotives as well as view a number of locomotives parked in their roundhouse platform. More Details –>

 

 Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan - SC Maglev and Railway Park2. SC Maglev and Railway Park, Nagoya  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. They also have train simulators, a large and detailed railway diorama, kids` playrail room, and bento lunches to be eaten indoors or out. More details –>

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 Top Train and Railway Museums in Japan3. The Railway Museum, Saitama – One of Japan`s More Popular Train Museums – The Omiya Railway Museum is a short 40 minute train ride from Shinjuku station. The museum features railway cars, train car simulators for would-be-train drivers, model dioramas, miniature trains, train rides, an outdoor playground and indoor playrail area, cafeteria, museum shop, train library, and more. The museum has many small model trains as well as actual train cars on display covering the history of the Japanese railways to the present. More details –>

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Tokyo Subway Museum4. Tokyo Subway Museum, Kasai – History, Engineering and Fun! –  The Tokyo Subway Museum is organized into ten different areas starting with history then covering construction, maintenance, engineering, traffic control and more. The biggest thrills of our visit were the historical train cars, operating the buttons and levels in a train car and the video simulation of driving a train on the Ginza line. Fun museum to visit for 1-2 hours. More details –>

5. Tokyu Train and Bus Museum, Kawasaki-shi, Kanazawa-Ken The Tokyu Train and Bus Museum is a small museum located at Miyasakidai Station. The museum has many functioning miniature trains as well as actual train cars and busses on display. It holds a virtual driving simulator for both a bus and a train, a panorama theatre of miniature functioning model trains, a small museum shop and much more. More details –>

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