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The Kyoto Railway Museum Opens on April 29, 2016

The Kyoto Railway Museum opens on April 29, 2016, this is a must see when visiting the city. Whether you are a train fanatic or just a normal tourist, this museum will be a highlight of your trip.

Kyoto Railway Museum
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Kyoto railway museum opens in Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, just a few stop away from Kyoto station on April 29th, 2016. The museum highlights the progression of train technology in Japan spanning the last several decades. The museum is really focused on education. Many of the exhibits, documents, and trains offers a unique hands on approach. It does a great job showing the importance of Japan’s railway business and technology.

Kyoto Railway Museum
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The museum is home to over 50 different trains ranging from the steam powered train all the way to the high tech Japanese bullet train. Each train carries historic significance such example include the record breaking 500 series bullet trains and the C62 steam train. While the focus of the museum is on education, being able to photograph and see these engineering marvels will be a highlight of your travels in Japan. There are number of exhibits that you should really see.


#1. Railway diorama

Kyoto Railway Museum
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First, the museum’s railway diorama. This diorama is nearly a 100 feet wide and 30 feet deep. It’s built on a 1/80th scale to actual trains. This exhibit allows you to see parts and functions of a real rail yard. While watching this, you really get an appreciation for the complexity of Japan’s rail system. It also showcases many of the different types of trains all in one place. Watching the whole exhibition takes about 15 mins.

Weekdays : 10:30*, 11:25, 12:15*, 13:25, 14:30, 16:00

Weekends and Holidays : 10:30*. 11:25,  12:15*, 13:15, 14:15, 15:15, 16:15
* Only for group showings


#2. Operating simulator

Kyoto Railway Museum
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If you ever ridden on a train in Japan, you may have notice the train conductors. This next exhibit is one of my favorites. It is the operating simulator. This area actually allows you to use simulators that actual train conductors use for training. Not only experiencing what real train conductors do, you can also see what they carry and you can even try on a uniform.


#3. The SL Steam

Kyoto Railway Museum
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This next area is probably one of the most popular areas, it is the SL steam exhibit. Here you have the chance to ride cars pulled by a real steam power train. The total distance covered is about 1 km and takes about 10 mins. This experience really takes back you in time. And it is unique because not too many of these trains are still operational today.

Operation time : 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*About every 15 ~ 30 mins

Fees :
300 JPY  (Adult, University and High school students)
100 JPY  (Child and middle school students )


Kyoto Railway Museum
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Although we only highlighted three exhibits, the museum offers much more. Whether you want to look at original historical documents or a fan of more interactive exhibits, you will certainly have a wonderful experience here.
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Kyoto Railway Museum

Address : 15 Kankijicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Access: Refer here

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
*No admission after 5:00 PM

Admission fee :
1,200 JPY (18 years older)
1,000 JPY (University and high school students)
500 JPY    (Junior high and elementary school students)
200JPY     (3 years and older)

Phone : +81(0)75-323-7334

Website : Kyoto Railway Museum


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  1. Dick Banner

    April 29, 2016 at 8:10 am

    This museum looks like fun! I’m definitely going there on my trip to Japan. This is written very well! It really sells this museum, count me as a big fan of Haruna!

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