The Railway Museum is a Japan's leading historical museum of railways which is run by East Japan railway Culture Foundation. It was opened in 2007 in Saitama City by JR East. It features the history of railway in Japan, exhibits many previously trained cars, teaches train operations and explains railway technology as it evolved over the years.
Visitors can see a total of 37 trains including the earliest trains used in Japan, trains that were used in the development of Hokkaido and trains that were used as the developed its rail networks during the Taisho period.
The museum has 6 zones. The first thing that visitors can see is the "Entrance Zone" that exhibits one of the largest model railway dioramas in Japan. Then, the "History Zone" that occupies about half of the entire space and is one of the main exhibits of this museum wherein visitors can see the transition in the railway technology epoch in Japan.
In the "Collection Zone", it exhibits the collection and the library relating to railways. On the 1st floor of the "Learning Zone", there are the carriage factory laboratory wherein vitors can experience the works od station staff and the like. On the 2nd and 3rd floor, visitors can learn the principles and the structure of railways using interactive devices.
Lastly, the 'Park Zone", where visitors can operate a miniature train and the "North Wing" where children can also enjoy safely.
It's just beside the Tetsudo Hakubutsukan Station (Ina Line).
The museum opens at 10:00 to 18:00 and entry until 17:30. It is closed during Tuesdays and December 29 to January 1. Admission fee is 1000 Yen plus additional fee for other exhibits.
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