Visit the best railway museums across Japan, voted by Japan Holidays – a must do for any rail enthusiast!
Japan is rich in railway history, with some of the world’s best and most innovative railway infrastructure. Whether you’re a die-hard rail fan or simply using it as a means of transport, everyone can appreciate the rail system Japan has to offer
Below are some of the recommended railway museums from Japan Holidays – visit these on the fully escorted tour: The Great Train Journey of Japan – Autumn 2019 with Japan Holidays, departing 07 November
Railway Museum in Saitama
Located only 45 minutes away from Tokyo (by 4 different types of Bullet trains), the Railway Museum can easily be visited during a stay in Tokyo. Opened since 2007, this museum displays the Japanese railway history and development over the 150 years of railways in Japan, including retired rolling stock, train simulators and an impressive model railway layout. Operated by JR East Japan, you can easily spend hours here seeing the culture of Rail.
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park in Nagoya
Located 23 minutes local line from Nagoya Station, this museum by the bay, shows the dynamism of the JR central railway, with 39 rolling stock displays, varying from Steam Locomotives, Experimental Bullet trains and trains using Superconducting Magnetic levitation (SCMagLev), along with other rolling stock through the ages. Great for a day trip of Nagoya Bay, with many nearby attractions to the museum.
The Kyoto Railway Museum in Kyoto
Located near Kyoto Station, this is the third of the “trinity of railway museums’ recommended by Japan Holidays. From Kyoto station, it only takes a brief 10 minute walk through the ever-lively Umekoji Park to see the exhibitions of JR West. See the interactive displays and sets, promotional trains, and a huge model diorama with shows throughout the day. Enjoy lunch at the museum from the observation deck overlooking the roundhouse, holding old SL’s from times past, or enjoy a famous Bullet train bento lunch box in the park.
These museums visits are all apart of the Japan Holidays fully escorted tour – The Great Train Journey of Japan – Autumn 2019.