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Railway Museum: Railway Museum (鉄道博物館)


General Information

Institution: The Railway Museum
Address: 3-47 Onari-cho Omiya-ku Saitama, Saitama 330-0852
Phone: +81-3-48-651-0088
10:00-18:00 (last entry 17:30)
Tuesday, New Year's Holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan. 1)

About the Railway Museum:

The Railway Museum was opened in Onari, Saitama City on 14 October 2007 as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project.

The museum are sparated into two sections: the history zone and the learning zone.  The history zone presents the history of railway technology In the learning zone, visitors will experience to simulated train operations, which drivers of trains use for training and gain knowledge of the principles and mechanisms of railway.

Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size:

Library: 34,000 volume 

Notable Collection(s): Library materials related to the transportation, railway history, yearbooks and many more.

  • Time tables: the collection of time tables since the Meiji period.
First Floor
  • History Zone: Explains the history of the railway since 1955 including establishment of Japan Railway (JR). Collection include: rare tickets and stamps, which are displayed for the first time, and train models, which inside of trains are displayed.
Second Floor
  • History Zone: Time line of railway history (75m) is displayed. 

  • Model Railroad Dioramas: Total of 1400 m railway display.

  • Collection Gallery: A variety of items which have collected since the Taisho era (1921) including documents, tickets, blueprints, photographs, uniforms and many more.

North Wing

  • Tep'aku Library(てっぱく図書室): Railway related books written in different foreign languages, and picture books.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.


How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum

General Admission:

  • Adults: 1330 yen
  • Elementary, Middle, High School Students: 620 yen
  • Preschool (ages 3 and up): 310 yen

Using the Library

Prior to the Visit: Advance Inquiry Required

  • Please call: +81+48-651-0088

  • Service Hours:10:00-18:00

Service Hours:
  • Hours: 10:00-17:00 (request for reading by 16:30)

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