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The Railway Museum Tours

The Railway Museum
A short trip from central Tokyo, the Railway Museum is a must-do for train enthusiasts and families with kids. The 3-story museum includes everything from 19th-century carriages to contemporary Shinkansen bullet trains. Explore the hands-on exhibits, and try out the steam locomotive simulator.

The Basics
Many travelers visit the Railway Museum on a day trip from Tokyo. Over a large area with both indoor and outdoor zones, you’ll find a variety of train carriages on display, some of which you can enter or view from above and below. When you’re ready for a break, eat lunch in a historic carriage at one of the railway-themed restaurants, or have a coffee in the rooftop café while watching the bullet train speed past.

Most signage is in Japanese, but there’s some information available in English and other languages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend two to three hours at the Railway Museum.
  • Some of the rides and simulators require separate tickets.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, both of which guests can borrow from the entrance counter.

How to Get There
Omiya—a ward of Saitama City—is a major rail hub about 30 minutes north of central Tokyo. Many JR rail lines stop at Omiya station. From the JR Omiya station, take the Saitama Shintoshin Kotsu New Shuttle one stop, to Tetsudo Hakubutsukan. From there it’s a short walk to the museum.

When to Get There
The Railway Museum is usually open every day except on Tuesdays and during major Japanese holidays. It’s an extremely popular place, especially with families. For fewer crowds, avoid going on weekends and during school vacations.

Visit the Saitama City Space Theater
While you’re in Saitama City, check out the Space Theater. Learn about Japanese astronauts, enjoy a simulation of the night sky as it appears from Saitama on the day of your visit, and more. Fun for travelers of all ages, the planetarium is located near the JR Omiya station west exit. Most of the signage is in Japanese.
Address: Saitama, Omiya Ward, Onaricho, 3 Chome−47, 330-0852, Japan
Admission: Varies
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Steam Locomotive, Diesel Engine, Shinkansen & The Railway Museum from Tokyo

Steam Locomotive, Diesel Engine, Shinkansen & The Railway Museum from Tokyo

Get on a steam locomotive, a diesel engine and Shinkansen (a bullet train) in the countryside, and visit The Railway Museum on this tour. Train riding is not only the way of transportation, but also unique experience to know the variety and the history of Japanese railroads. Boarding a steam locomotive and a diesel engine in rural area is very special like 'Thomas & Friends'. The last stop for this tour is The Railway Museum opened in 2007. You can see more details of railroad history, design and how to operate. This tour is recommended especially for boys and girls who are interested in railways, and their family. Meeting point is Akihabara Station (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo), the tour is ended in Omiya Station (JR Saikyo Line, Saitama).
  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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