The Railway Museum is Japan’s leading historical museum of railways which is run by East Japan Railway Culture Foundation a non-profit affiliate of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It was opened on 14 October 2007 in Onari, Saitama City.
The museum features about 30 railway cars, train cab simulators, railway model dioramas, mini trains, storage for artefacts and books, video booths, a multi-purpose hall, a gallery balcony, a cafeteria, a museum shop, and a research room. There is also the “Mini driving train” of full circle of 300m which is popular among children. The museum places emphasis on learning through interactive experiences and is mainly divided into two zones: the history zone and the learning zone.
Operating Hours: 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30).
Closed: Every Tuesday and the New Year’s holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan. 1).
Access from Tokyo: 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.
3-47, Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-city, Saitama.
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