About The Railway Museum
The Railway Museum is located in the Osari district of Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, in the Kanto region of Japan, and was established to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the JR East (East Japan Railway). The museum provides an excellent learning environment for visitors to learn about the history of the railroad industry, as it illustrates the background of each period through the changes in the railroad system and the physical display of vehicles.
The Railway Museum is one of the most important railway museums in Japan. In addition to exhibiting railway heritage and materials from Japan and other countries around the world, the museum also systematically preserves and researches materials related to the national railway reform and the JR East. At the Railway Museum, visitors can visit Japan’s first domestic high-speed steam locomotive and touch other vehicles on display to experience the evolution of the railroad; children can also learn the basic principles of railroads and the most advanced (including future ideas) railroad technology through the observation of various models and the actual operation of simulators and amusement devices. The museum is well received by parents.
How to get there
Saitama New City Transit (New Shuttle) Railway Museum Station, 1 min. walk
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Admission until 16:30)
Closed: Tuesdays, Year-end and New Year holidays
Other: Closing days and hours of operation are subject to change. Also, please refer to the museum’s website for details on facility usage restrictions.
There is a Linear Railroad Museum in Nagoya, but this place was both prestigious and spectacular, as it is a place of longing and a sacred place for railroad fans. It is not easy to get there, but it is a place I would like to visit again someday.