The “Kyoto Railway Museum” is a popular tourist spot that has just opened recently.
The “Kyoto Railway Museum” opened in April 2016. With fifty-three cars on display including steam locomotives and Shinkansen bullet trains, it is the largest railway museum in Japan. At the entrance is the “Promenade” created in the image of a train station platform, which is lined with representative trains of Japan’s railroad history including a “0 Series Shinkansen bullet train” from 1964 when it was first developed, and a “C62 steam locomotive”. At the open-ceiling space on the first floor of the main building at the end of the Promenade are even more cars including the “500 Series Shinkansen bullet train”, which was featured by its long and pointy front car. The driving simulator is a popular attraction. It comes with driver’s uniforms and caps, and lets you feel as if you are a real train driver.
The “Railway Museum” in Saitama City, which is a famous spot in the Kanto Area
The “Railway Museum” is located in Saitama City, which can be reached from central Tokyo in about fifty minutes by train. The “History Zone”, which covers about half the area of the facilities, lets visitors learn of the history of Japan’s railway technology and railway systems from 1872, when rail transport in Japan began, until modern times. Thirty-six actual railroad cars are displayed inside the museum along with miniature trains for visitors to enjoy driving outdoors.
Visiting a railway museum and seeing Japan’s railway culture and technology can change the way you see rail travel during your trip here. Please be sure to visit one of these railway museums, which are also popular with families. (Photo note: The photo at the beginning of the article is of the Railway Museum in Saitama City)