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Railway Museum at Omiya

(First visit to Tetsudou Hakubutsukan)

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  I am Atre Shreyas.   

I am studying abroad at Saitama University and working for Love SAITAMA Ambassador at  the same time. Thank you.

 

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Indians in general are attracted by Japan and most of them tend to visualize Japan’s high speed bullet trains (Shinkansen)

when they hear of Japan. Keeping this in mind , I decided to pay a visit to Omiya’s tetsudou Hakubutsukan ,

where apparently there were models of vintage railways and modern high-speed bullet trains, a mix of modern trains with old ones.

 

To get to the Tetsudou Hakubutsu-kan , you can either go by car or by train. I personally would suggest the train ,

since the museum is directly connected to the station itself at where the museum is located , hence easier to access.

So if you prefer the train like me , all you have to do is to get to Omiya Station first.

Since Omiya is a huge hub of electronic media , and Omiya station is one of the biggest stations in Saitama having connectivity to

over more than 5-6 train lines and also the Shinkansen, you might not have any trouble reaching Omiya station on your own.

 

Once you reach Omiya station , the next thing you have to do is find the train line called ‘New Shuttle Express’.

 

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To do so, you must have to find this structure. It’s pretty easy to find since it is at the centre of the main exit.

Once you do, head westward of this huge pillar.

 

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Find the west exit first if you cannot locate where the previous mentioned structure is.

You will automatically be heading towards the new shuttle entrance.

 

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Once you find this entrance or this signboard, enter inside.

Ride the train towards the Tetsudou Hakubutsukan (which will be the train right in front of you)

and get off at the next station. You have reached at your destination!

 

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Since the museum itself is directly connected to the station you will not have trouble finding the museum at all.

Exit the station , and you will enter this hallway.

 

This means you are already in the museum! That was fast!

 

Go straight ahead and turn left where you will find the vending machines for tickets.

 

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  You will have to buy a ticket at these machines. You may either buy it by cash or by your SUICA card.

(Used for travelling by metro trains in Japan).

 

Fee for an adult is 1000 JPY.

 

Take your ticket and head straight into the museum now!

 

Go inside through the gates and turn right . You will see an escalator.

This will be the point at where you decide which part of the museum you wish to visit first.

 

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Now since the board is not written in Japanese in some parts so most of you will have trouble finding what you want to see.

And sadly , the most interesting part of the museum is the place which should be translated,

if at all, the museum really wants to attract foreign tourists!

Personally , as someone who is in his 20’s , what attracted me the most were 2 things.

 

  • 1.Was actually getting to enter the simulator and drive a train.

  • 2.Entering into age-old locomotive trains which are no more visible on tracks. Yes, you get to enter them !

     

The first place I recommend visiting is the 運転士体験室 or the Driver training room on the second floor.

Go up the escalator and turn against the direction of the wide space of the central part of the museum.

Head straight and turn left. You will find the following room.

 

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This room consists of computers on which you will receive actual training on how to actually monitor a real train.

 

This place is more designed for adults, so this is most advisable to people like me who will come alone or accompanied with adults to this place.

Remember that the waiting time is long so you will have to write your name on the time period and come back again at the designed time.

So be sure to enter this place first when you visit the museum. So that you can save time and come back later for a ride.

 

I bet most of teenagers and people like myself who only come for the bullet train simulator(where you can get to drive a bullet train ,

the Shinkansen in a simulator) which is located on the opposite side of the signboard you are facing.

(Honestly I forgot whether it was on the ground floor or the second floor)

But head in the opposite direction and turn left where you will be greeted with such a sight.

 

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Turn left and you will be greeted by a various number of train simulators right from the JR metro trains to the Bullet train (Shinkansen) simulator.

You have to stand in line and wait for your turn. Remember that there will be noisy kids who will try to get ahead in line in front of you!

Don’t let them get the better of you!

 

Like I said, the simulation rooms are famous with people who visit their kids .

But you will have to be patient enough to get a 3-4 minutes experience of driving a Japanese metro or Shinkansen.

Really short driving time for such a long wait but is definitely worth it.

 

The next part where I suggest you to go is directly located inside the centre of the museum so you won’t have any trouble finding it.

Go to the centre , and start entering inside the trains, or locomotives that you find to your liking!

Here are some pictures of the ones I liked and entered.

 

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Remember that there are some models into which you cannot enter but can get a glimpse of what is inside to a full extent.

 

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The view of the museum from the top. There is also a small place for having lunch on the 2nd floor called Ekiben.

 

Another 2 places I would suggest for people is the kids driving place outside of the museum and the science part on the second floor.

The former is a place where kids can drive a train all by themselves outside on real tracks.

I think the feeling is more surreal than the simulator you its definitely worth a try.

 

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These miniature trains are running on real tracks with real stations.

The only thing you have to remember is that you need a ticket in advance before coming to the museum .

So remember that you need to book it online, or get it outside of the museum.

 

The latter place , or the science zone on the second floor explains the simple dynamics of a train , a

s to how it runs on curved tracks without losing its balance, etc and things like that which are based on simple laws of physics.

You can even play in this place with your kids and test the models of the mini-trains yourself.

 

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Address

3-47 Tetsudouhakubutsukan, Onaricho, Omiya-ku Saitama-shi, Saitama, 330-0852, Japan

Homepage

http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/

Map

https://goo.gl/maps/WxNMU2tiRA52

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