The Railway Museum opened in October 2007 in Omiya, Saitama City as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project. The museum opened the new south building in July 2018, and the main building was fully renovated as well. The museum now consists of 5 different stations, The Rolling Stock Station, History Station, Job Station, and the Future Station. With the renovation, the museum was reborn as a hands-on museum telling the story of the relationship between people and railways using various themes.

The Railway Museum re-opened on 10:00 Wednesday, June 10.

Advance reservation is required

Some exhibits and hands-on programs are closed/ canceled

Shortened opening hours

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The Railway Museum

ROLLING STOCK STATION

Main Bldg 1F/2F

Historic Trains
Historic Trains
The Rolling Stock Station has the largest exhibition area of any station in The Railway Museum. 36 different rolling stock are on display, from Locomotive No. 1, the first locomotive to run when Japan opened its first railway in 1872, to the@Shinkansen, which boasted the world's fastest cutting edge technology. Here you can experience the tremendous size and power of rolling stock, and feel first hand the dynamism of these trains when they were in operation, through a production using video, audio, lighting, and ICT.

JOB STATION

South Bldg 1F/2F

Experience railway safety operations
Experience railway safety operations
Railway professionals keep passengers safe and trains running on time. In this exhibit, you can experience how precision teamwork done by these professionals keep railways running safe and on time. Learn about the safety, precision, and punctuality required in railway operation through stunning live action video, as well as exhibits of professional tools and equipment. Become a pro yourself, and experience the burden of responsibility, the appeal, and the fulfillment of keeping railways safe.

HISTORY STATION

South Bldg 3F

Tracing the technological progress of Japanese railway
Tracing the technological progress of Japanese railway
The first railway in Japan started operation in 1872. In the History Station, the museum shines a light on the nearly 150-year history from the start of operations until today. What was expected of railways in each era, and how did engineers and other railway workers respond to the needs of the era and demands of the people? Historical materials and photographs on exhibit here explain the process of how railways evolved in great detail.

SCIENCE STATION

Main Bldg 2F/3F

What are the principles and mechanisms of the railway?
What are the principles and mechanisms of railway?
What mechanisms make railway rolling stock run? How is it that trains can run safely without crashing into each other? You may take it for granted that the trains are always running in Japan, but how they work may still be a mystery to you. Use the exhibit equipment to discover the hidden secrets of railways, and answer questions from a scientific perspective. At the Science Station, you can enjoy learning all about the principles and mechanisms that keep trains running through interactive exhibits.

FUTURE STATION

South Bldg 2F

Letfs think about the future of railways
Letfs think about the future of railways
In this creative exhibit room, all visitors have a chance to imagine the future of railways. Make your avatar and go to the world of the future of railways! You can experience the potential of future railways conceived by The Railway Museum through your avatar. But there is not a single set future for railways. The railway you conceive in your dreams may be built for real one day.

Museum guidance

THE RAILWAY MUSEUM App.

Introducing the Railway Museum app.
If you install this app, you can see the floor map and ideas on how to enjoy your stay at the Museum.
The Railway Museum hosts a variety of events to make your visit even more enjoyable.
Install the app and come with your family and friends.

More

Introducing the Railway Museum app.
If you install this app, you can see the floor map and ideas on how to enjoy your stay at the Museum.
The Railway Museum hosts a variety of events to make your visit even more enjoyable.
Install the app and come with your family and friends.

More

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  • Hands-on Exhibits For more information on popular hands-on exhibits,  click hereHands-on Exhibits For more information on popular hands-on exhibits,  click here

Fee / Calendar

  • Opening hours@10:00`18:00
  • Closed: Every Tuesday, New Year's holiday

Admission fee

Individual fee
  • Adult 1,330 yen
  • Elementary, Junior High,and High School Students 620 yen
  • Children (Preschool children 3 years and older) 310 yen
Group fee
Applies to groups of 20 or more
Annual passport
gTeppaku Annual Passporthallows you to enter the Railway Museum as many times as you like for one year.

Access

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