Jun. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Kyoto Railway Museum

- 京都鉄道博物館 -
Enjoy Japanese train history first hand
The Kyoto Railway Museum offers a wide range of experiences to learn about 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 visitors to learn the history of rail in Japan through five exhibitions, there are a lot of entertaining attractions in the museum, such as getting on an actual steam locomotive, taking photos of the former Nijo station building, and more. On the other hand, they are planning to develop some more fascinating attractions so you can enjoy the museum every time you visit. There are no airports or harbors in Kyoto city, so the railway became the core transportation among Kyoto's locals. So how about adding the museum to your itinerary as it’s close to Kyoto station?
Exhibition
1Highlight
Exhibition
Some historical Japanese trains are exhibited based on 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 the setting of a train platform where you can walk and look through the exhibited trains. These lines are still active in Japan, but the train models as well their interiors have been renewed. So it is a very good opportunity to ride some old style trains. As some restaurants and a rest area are available on the second floor, please take a break there and then resume your visit!
Sky Terrace
2Highlight
Sky Terrace
The sky terrace 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 past the museum. Enjoy seeing both the model and the actual trains from this floor! Rail fans will definitely be satisfied with this scenery.
Get On a Steam Locomotive
3Good Experiences
Get On a Steam Locomotive
The departure bell of the steam locomotive sounds frequently, and the train actually runs with you! The train garage was still under construction when we went and will made it so that visitors can watch the steam locomotive from a pedestrian path in the future.
Former Nijo Station
4Good Experiences
Former Nijo Station
The former Nijo station used to be the oldest wooden station platform in Japan. Getting a photo of what it looked like is a really good idea. There is a museum shop inside the building and a variety of goods related to many Japanese trains are sold. Why not get some souvenirs of Japan!
3.8 experience4.0 access3.0 photogenic4.5
Price
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Kenji
3.8 experience4.0 access3.0 photogenic4.5
Kyoto Railway Museum is always bustling with railway enthusiasts from Japan and abroad. It is a walking distance from Kyoto Station so many tourists head to this museum right after they get to Kyoto. Only at this museum you can see steam locomotives in their folding fan shaped rail yard and view Kyoto Station from the sky terrace.
4.2 experience4.5 access4.0 photogenic4.0
Price
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Jack
United States of America
4.2 experience4.5 access4.0 photogenic4.0
Kyoto Railway Museum / 京都鉄道博物館
Category 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
Open Hours 10am - 5:30pm
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Every Wednesday (open on holidays) and New-Year season (12/30 to 1/1).
Price range
Adult:¥1,200 University and high school students: ¥1,000 Junior high and elementary school students: ¥500 Children (3 years and older): ¥200
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Some staffs speak English in the museum. English brochures are provided at the entrance.
Information Japanese and English
Lanuages spoken Japanese and English
URL1 http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/en/
Access
×
Share
Page Top