Kyoto Railway Museum, Kyoto

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The Kyoto Railway Museum (京都鉄道博物館, Kyōto Tetsudō Hakubutsukan) (formerly the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum (梅小路蒸気機関車館, Umekōji Jōkikikansha-kan) until 2016) is a railway museum in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The original Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum opened in 1972, but was expanded and modernized in 2016, becoming the Kyoto Railway Museum.

The museum is owned by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) and is operated by Transportation Culture Promotion Foundation.
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  • Adults can have fun & learn about trains,operation too Quite big place I’m not into train but I loved  more »
  • Having visited both the Railway Museum in Saitama and Kyoto Railway Museum in the same trip, I would say the Kyoto one offers much better experience to non-rail fanatics, as the interactive displays.....  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing. One of the best museums I have been to. I am a big time railways fan anyway, but this display is on 3 levels with a huge amount of beautifully preserved trains from yesteryear through to the current bullet train. There are heaps of interactive activities for kids (and adults) demonstrating how trains work. The highlight is the live model display, 30m x 10m, which is operated regularly and shows models operating around the scene. Food outlets, clean toilets and a rooftop garden area overlooking the nearby railway yards. Fantastic
  • We had a great afternoon at the railway museum. There were lots of buttons for the kids to press to see how things work and plenty of activities to keep all entertained. There is a lottery for going on the train simulators so keep your tickets and check the numbers. Ask staff for more details. Great job putting the titles in English but for top marks it would be nice to see the explanations in English (and other languages).

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