The Railway Museum, Omiya

4.4
#1 of 18 in Transportation in Kanto
Discover the history and heritage of one of the world's most advanced railway systems at The Railway Museum. The institution aims to preserve materials from the railway's development and provides a historical context for its exhibits, which include numerous railway cars, train simulators, railway dioramas, miniature trains, and train-related books. The museum also boasts a shop, video booths, a multipurpose hall, a research room, and a cafe. With our world travel planner, Saitama attractions like The Railway Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The railway museum is the first train museum station by shuttle from JR Omiya Station. In addition to the valuable railway vehicle exhibits used in Japanese railways, it is interesting to introduce dioramas, ekiben, movies, novels, music, etc.
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  • I went with my children, who are 1 year old and 10 months old and three months old. I can recommend it insanely. From the opening to the evening, the child above continued to play. It was a weekday Friday, the day before the three consecutive holidays, but it arrived at about 9:45, and it was the second group to put it. As soon as you enter, you get a numbered ticket for a mini-driving train that is popular with small children. It was ten to twenty times. Then we went to book the d51 simulator. About half of the frame was empty. You can spend endless time at the Kids Plaza, free trains and the terraces. There must have been three nursing rooms on the first floor, but i put them in right away that day, so i didn't have any problems breastfeeding the children below. We had lunch at the Japanese restaurant and the snacks at the table in front of the lunch train. The Japanese restaurant was empty because i went there before twelve o'clock. There was also a chair for children. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I want to go again!
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  • Really nice location for a family day. Tons of interesting things to do and activities to join. Some activities are on a time schedule so it’s important to plan ahead to get the most out of your visit. I went on a weekday and it was fairly busy but I could see it be extremely busy/crowded on the weekends and/or holidays. Some of the more popular activities have time tickets to prevent overcrowding, this is also something to keep in mind when planning your trip.
  • Love the museum! A tad far as my family chose to walk from the train station instead of taking the electric tram. Though my Japanese isn't good enough for me to understand the exhibit, the displays of the various trains in service in the past is impressive. Coupled with cute bento boxes shaped like trains or in train themed packaging, it's a nice place to spend half a day browsing. Definitely a place to spend money on train themed items from souvenirs, books and train models. Suitable for families with kids that are wowed by trains as they have some kiddie rides.
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