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.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Nux aij Iahc | Dec 24, 2017
One of the best museums I've been to and I don't normally like museums. The exhibits are interesting, but lack English translations. I'm sure the audio guide would have helped but I didn't bother. There were many interactive demos to play with (even though they were for kids). Finally, the fact that they have a functional steam powered locomotive you can ride (¥300) just made it all the more awesome.
MJ YEN | Jan 25, 2018
The staffs in this museum are not well trained and lack of manner. The staff gave me wrong information of the audio rental and five minutes before the closing time, museum staffs keep asking visitors to leave and even told me to head to escalator when I tried to look at a display and asked him nicely that it’s not closing time yet. If you planned to come, be prepared having an unpleasant visit like I had today. Tried to avoid still being there near closing time, you will strongly feel the staff can’t wait for you to leave immediately when it’s getting closing time.
Amos Chan | Dec 10, 2017
Highly recommended. Remember to head up to level 2 to try the train simulators. Could improve with more English commentary. Only English title was available when visited in end 2017. A fun place to admire classic and modern trains.
Evan Dyson | Feb 12, 2018
An insanely impressive and modern museum. Alot of the exhibitions have some English but not alot - so get an audio guide if you want to get full understanding. It was crazy busy with kids when we went - which I think is standard. Impressive facility.
Robert Foster | Jan 9, 2018
Very in depth museum. Amazing for children and train enthusiasts. Like everything in Japan they show amazing attention to detail even going into the evolution of bathroom facilities in Japanese trains.
Rajeev Saxena | Apr 22, 2018
This museum is a little bit out of the way but it was a very pleasant surprise. The displays are very interesting and very well put together. My only regret is I did not spend enough time here to thoroughly enjoy everything that was available especially since the displays were so extensive and so interesting. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys railroads.
Robert Dykes | Apr 22, 2018
(Visits: 1) awesome place. It would be six stars if they just had some English. Almost no English. You have to get an audio headset if you want English. But I don't like those things and don't want to use them when I am with other people. All that being said this place is awesome. So much to see. I had to run cause I was with a group and was still there for 3 hours. If they had English signs and explainations I could spend an entire day here.
Jeremy Ho | Apr 23, 2018
This museum has everything you want. Train food models, large miniature train models, huge gears, actual retired train models, history of train tickets, history of train companies, etc etc. Might take an entire day. Its almost like a shrine, as they really do worship their trains. Which actually explains the high quality of Japanese railway.
Arnold Qin | Apr 15, 2018
Awesome museum filled with many, many cool exhibits on the railway of Japan. Placards usually have some header in English, but the rest is in Japanese. English audio devices available for 500 yen. Hard to cover under an hour and a half, and many parts may close early, so don't come before closing. Those with a JR WEST pass can get a 10% discount, with some exceptions. This means the complete JR pass will NOT get you a discount. Hands on exhibits were especially unique!
Shok Yee Yong | Apr 15, 2018
Good place to understand history of railway in Japan. How they start and how is their progress now. You can try their simulation and suitable for kids from age 4 and above. If you want to see the real show of evaporate train, you should came here.
Davood Shamlo | May 15, 2018
Very good place to spend time with family. With different amusements and fun games for children. You can enjoy riding on an old fashioned steam train running on a short track for 10 minutes in open air part of the museum.
Steven I | May 17, 2018
It was a great museum. I love that Japan museums tend to make their exhibits interactive and many times moving for demonstration purposes. Unfortunately the exhibit is pretty much strictly in Japanese but I still enjoyed walking around.
Wade Hindell | Apr 29, 2018
An amazing museum which is a must see for any train buff who is visiting Japan. Great selection of rolling stock including a series 0 Shinkansen. Staff are super helpful. There is a very nice model railway. There is a very nice little cafe as well. An amazing selection of steam trains with an amazing turn table. The steam shed has 20 sheds. They also have a live steam train which runs on most days. we had a great time there. Very nice cafe as well.
Tim Blank | Jun 9, 2018
Great museum with lots to see. If you have children they will have a blast in this place. Only reason not to give it 5 stars is that it could do with more English on the signs to explain the exhibits better for non Japanese speakers. There are loads of real trains on display and enough things like cockpits to play with. It will keep you occupied for half the day.
Nick Hogg | Jun 12, 2018
Absolutely loved this museum. If you kids have any passing interest in trains this is the place to go. They have a giant collection of old steam trains they also have what is basically a show several times a day where they show off a still working steam train. They have everything spanning the whole history of Japan's trains, nothing was missed. It was a great time and a load of fun, I would go back next time.
Stewart Went | Jun 11, 2018
Now I like train travel a lot but I've no idea where this place ranks in the world's great train museums. That said it's gotta be high - fantastic set-up that just doesn't stop giving. 50+ locos / carriages on display and the coverage runs deep hitting track design, engines and signalling (amongst others). Big focus on kid friendly displays as well. The big 'but' is the very limited english on the displays - a real shame but this place is that good I will give 5 stars anyway.
Simon W | Jun 25, 2018
Very nice museum, interactive and a lots of trains. Most of the displays are however only in Japanese but worth a look anyhow especially for children. There is a train driving simulator for everyone who wants to experience driving a local train in Japan!
Helen Kalde | Jul 26, 2018
Even though I'm not a fan of these kinds of museums, this was one of my favourites in Japan. It was really interactive and fun. Usually you see some trains and uniforms, maybe even get inside trains. But in this museum there were lots of games and interactive presentations that were interesting for children and adults both. The gift shop was also full of fun stuff.
Honda Accord | Jul 9, 2018
Good for train lovers and kids especially Japan is a train country! A huge museum with lots of life size trains old and new, along with train equipment and train parts. There're also some hands on stuff you can play with. On 2F is a carpeted train toys area where kids can play and a train table where you can drive a train on a TV screen. Not near a subway station but has a bus station out front. Nice accessibility.
Björn Andersson | Jul 23, 2018
A well worthy visit. I went on my own without a guide. Noteworthy is that while there are English explanations for many things, they are nowhere near the depth of what's in Japanese.
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