If your kids are like mine and are obsessed with the trains in Japan, then you’ve got to check out the Railway Museum in the Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. We had been to the Ome Railroad Museum several times […]
If your kids are like mine and are obsessed with the trains in Japan, then you’ve got to check out the Railway Museum in the Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. We had been to the Ome Railroad Museum several times and always enjoyed it, but thought it would be nice to see something different. This museum is much newer and nicer than the one in Ome (although I love the charm of the one in Ome) and takes longer to get to, but we thought it was totally worth it. When I was figuring out how to get there, I came across this blog that will definitely give you some great tips and information. http://aroundtokyo.net/blog/2012/10/28/railway-museum/. One of the best tips is that you can bring your own lunch into the museum. There is a McDonald’s at Omiya Station right before you get on to the “shuttle train” to go to Tetsudohakubutsukan Station, which is where the museum is located. They have a little train that is specifically for eating or you can sit on the 3rd floor and watch the Shinkansens come by. They have a couple of restaurants too inside that have your typical Japanese food. (tonkatsu, curry, etc).
At noon and 3pm, they have a special steam engine “whistle blowing” demonstration that is great. If your kids are sensitive to loud noises though, I recommend going up to the second floor to watch it from above as it can be quite loud and startling for the younger ones. This is a great day trip and I highly recommend it! Hours: 10am to 6pm. Closed every Tuesday and Dec 29-Jan 1. General admission for adults is ¥1000. Elementary – high school age it is ¥500 and children ages 3 and up ¥200. If you have a Suica train pass, you can use that to purchase your entry tickets at the electric ticket vending machines. Phone number: 81 48-651-0088, GPS: 35.922238, 139.616874. -Krista Whipple, June 2013
DIRECTIONS: Take the train to Omiya Station. From Omiya station take a shuttle to Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station. From there it is a 1 minute walk to the train museum. There is limited parking at Tetsudo-Hakubtsukan train station at GPS coordinates: 35.922238, 139.616874. If you decide to drive, basically you’ll head North on Route 16 for 36 kilometers past Iruma and Kawagoe. At Route 216 exit left and keep left until you turn around and head under Route 16, traveling on Route 216. Click on “view larger map” below for more directions.
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