Kyoto Station Museums & GalleriesMay. 11, 2016 UPDATE
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Enjoy the Japanese train history first hand

Kyoto Railway Museum

Kyoto Railway Museum
Kyoto Railway Museum offers you a wide range of experiences to learn Japan’s railway history. It reopened in 2016 on the premises where the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum was originally located. Since the theme of the museum is for the visitors to learn their tradition through five exhibitions, there are a lot of entertaining facilities in the site where you can get on an actual steam locomotive, take a photo of the building of the former Nijo station, and more. On the other hand, they are plan...morening to develop some more fascinating attractions so that you could enjoy the museum every time you visit. There is no airport nor a harbor in Kyoto city. The railway became the core transportation among Kyoto's locals. So why not add the museum to your list since it is near Kyoto station?
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I visited Kyoto Railway Museum on the day it reopened. I was really excited with the exhibition of the old model Tokaido line! It is because I used to get on that model when I was a child. Since it has formed a sister museum relationship with British Railway Museum, try to check both if you have a chance to visit!
Exhibition
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Exhibition
Some Japanese historical trains are exhibited based on the three categories from the first floor to the third floor.
On the path called promenade in French between the entrance and the square, there is a setting of a train platform where you can walk while looking through the trains exhibited. These lines are still active in Japan, but the train models as well their interior of them have been renewed. So it is a very good opportunity to get on old style trains. As some restaurants and rest area...more are available on the second floor, please take a break there and then resume going around!
Sky terrace
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Sky Terrace
This is a train viewing spot. There is an observatory area with some seasonal flowers on a part of the third floor. Trains, including JR Kyoto Line and Tokaido Shinkansen (the bullet train), run through beside the museum.
Enjoy looking at both the model and the actual trains from this floor! Rail fans must be satisfied with these sceneries.
Get on a Steam Locomotive
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Get On A Steam Locomotive
A departure bell of SL is sounded frequently. The train actually runs with you! A train garage has been still under construction next to the SL stand so that visitors can watch the SL from a pedestrian path in the future.
Former Nijo station
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Former Nijo Station
It used to be the oldest wooden station platform in Japan. Taking a photo of its appearance is really good. There is a museum shop inside the building. A variety of goods which are related with so many Japanese trains are sold. Let’s buy some as souvenirs of Japan!
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Kyoto Railway Museum
Categories Museums & Galleries
Phone +81 75-323-7334
Address Kankijicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions Approximately 20 minutes on foot to the west from the central gate of JR Kyoto Station
Hours 10am - 5:30pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Every Wednesday (open on holidays) and New-Year season (12/30 to 1/1).
Fee University and high school students: ¥1,000
Junior high and elementary school students: ¥500
Children (3 years and older): ¥200
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Some staffs speak English in the museum. English brochures are provided at the entrance.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese and English
URL http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/en/
Kyoto Railway Museum +81 75-323-7334 University and high school students: ¥1,000 Junior high and elementary school students: ¥500 Children (3 years and older): ¥200 -1/3

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