Mar. 03, 2017 UPDATE

Kyoto Railway Museum

- 京都鉄道博物館 -
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Enjoy the Japanese train history first hand
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 planning 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?
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 are available on the second floor, please take a break there and then resume going around!
Sky Terrace
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
3Good Experiences
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
4Good Experiences
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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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.8 experience4.0 access3.5 photogenic4.0
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.
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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

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