Saturday, 8 October 2011

At The Railway Museum

A must for any train buffs visiting Japan! A visit to the Railway Museum in Saitama.
The History Zone is the best part there for me. All those old trains on exhibit for visitors to see. Awesome!
Miniature models need some TLC too.
The museum is an interactive museum and the kids zone is a fun place for children to learn more about train technology.
The best part for us, apart from being able to learn about the history of trains in Japan and how it evolves to the current, super-efficient system was the fact that we can enter, touch and feel the exhibits.

21 comments:

  1. The exhibitions that you can actually touch and feel and play with are usually the best. I know a big kid and little kid that would love this Museum :)

    Japan Australia

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  2. It's true that while I sometimes feel that exhibits in Japan lack some content (in terms of background information, historical details, and similar elements that I'm used to - but the fact that I can't read the language may be a factor) I love the fact that most of them are interactive, they make the whole thing more fun.
    Now, I believe that they should go one step further and be both hardcore in terms of content and fun at the same time.

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  3. yr kid is receiving an education few kids have access to. it will probably influence his adult life in some positive way some how

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  4. @Japan Australia,
    So have the little kid and big kid visited this museum yet? ;)

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  5. @David,
    Oh! I agree with you. As the case with this museum - yeah, maybe not understanding Japanese is a factor; they do have a bit of information but not much for hardcore enthusiasts.

    Still, it was a good experience. And I just compensate any lack of in-depth information by googling about them.

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  6. @Bengbeng,
    I sure hope so too.

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  7. Last year my daughter and I visited this place because I live in Saitama prefecture.
    Her most excited booth was simulation of drive the trains.
    It's real and educational.For example. when it is a rainy day, you have to put on the brake earlier than usual.

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  8. @cocomino,
    A lot of kids were excited with the simulation drive, including my son too. :)

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  9. It is huge and looks like a train station.

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  10. @AVCr8teur,
    It is. Especially at the centre where several old and historical trains are placed for visitors to see, touch and board. :)

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  11. Hi Lina, Have not yet had the chance to visit Saitama.

    Japan Australia

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  12. WOW! It seems to be a super huge museum! @0@ I wish to go there too! Was it a real train station at the past?

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  13. @Japan Australia,
    Maybe some time in future? :)

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  14. @ristinw,
    It is HUGE! But no, it's not an old train station. It was built and opened as a 20th Anniversary Memorial of JR East.

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  15. Good education for kids and adults as well.

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  16. Kids seem to be having fun. ^^
    I thought that platform had been used as a maintenance yard, but was it built for the museum!? Surprised!

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  17. @Bananazஇ,
    Absolutely. Wish we have more museums that are interactive and fun here too.

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  18. @birdmini,
    It is HUGE, right? It is so cool that they actually put real trains that re of historical value for visitors to see. We can even see the undercarriage by going under some trains. Cool! :)

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  19. Hi Lina,

    I would love to visit Saitama in the future. There are still many places I've yet to explore in Japan and will hopefully get the chance in the coming years :)

    Japan Australia

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  20. @Japan Australia,
    Hoe you will! :)

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  21. A comment from Minor (who can't comment here and left his comments to my e-mail for the time being:

    "The former Railway Museum was located near Akihabara station. I remembered the days we went there with my children.

    You and your son are smiling from the window of a train. It is very impressive."

    Minor - we visited to old Transportation Museum way back in 2006 too. It was smaller than the current Railway Museum but it was fun too. And much easier to get to. :)

    Thanks for leaving comments! *^-^*

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