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Omiya is a hardcore railway town with all six northern shinkansen lines (Tohoku, Joetsu, Hokuriku, Yamagata, Akita, and Hokkaido Shinkansen) and local train lines passing through. A train maintenance facility is also near Omiya Station. To get to the Railway Museum, from Omiya Station, ride the New Shuttle line.
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The Railway Museum is near Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station on the New Shuttle line.
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Opened in October 2007, the Railway Museum in Saitama is one of Japan's largest train museums. The highlight exhibits include the first locomotive that was used for Japan's first train line between Shimbashi and Yokohama, the 0 Series first-generation Tokaido shinkansen, the 0 Series first-generation Tohoku shinkansen, and sleeper trains.
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Train wheels displayed on the way to the museum from Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station.
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Train display on the way to the museum from Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station.
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Train display on the way to the museum from Tetsudo-Hakubutsukan Station. 167 series train for school excursions.
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Path to the Railway Museum has a train schedule on the floor.
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Lobby of Railway Museum.
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Lobby of Railway Museum has large picture windows where you can watch real trains go by.
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Railway Museum highlight: The first locomotive used on Japan's first railway between Shimbashi and Yokohama in 1872. Imported from the UK, a Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1
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Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1
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Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1
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Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1
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About the Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1
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Third-class car.
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Mighty fine-looking third-class car.
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Class 150 steam locomotive – No. 1 at Shinbashi Station.
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Shinbashi Station
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Shinbashi Station sign
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Woodblock prints depicting Japan's first railroad.
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Model of the train set given to Japan by Commodore Perry on his second visit to Japan in 1854.
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Japan's first train tickets.
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Scale model of Shinbashi Station opened in 1871. Displayed at the Railway Museum in Saitama.
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Scale model of Shinbashi Station opened in 1871 displayed at the Railway Museum in Saitama.
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The first locomotive used on Hokkaido's first railway. JNR Class 7100 steam locomotive – No. 7101 Benkei
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JNR Class 7100 steam locomotive – No. 7101 Benkei
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JNR Class 7100 steam locomotive – No. 7101 Benkei
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About JNR Class 7100 steam locomotive – No. 7101 Benkei
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JNR Class 7100 steam locomotive – No. 7101 Benkei
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Hokkaido's first train car.
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Locomotive turning on a turntable inside the museum.
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Tohoku shinkansen, 200 Series Shinkansen
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Tohoku shinkansen
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Tohoku shinkansen
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Tohoku shinkansen's snow sweeper.
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Tohoku shinkansen's snow sweeper.
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Tohoku shinkansen driver's cab
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Inside Tohoku shinkansen
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Inside Tohoku shinkansen
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Scale model of JR Ueno Station, the initial terminus of the Tohoku shinkansen.
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0 Series Tokaido shinkansen
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0 Series Tokaido shinkansen cab section
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This Tokaido shinkansen cab was formerly displayed at the old Transportation Museum in Tokyo's Manseibashi in Akihabara, which closed in 2006.
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Behind the 0 Series Tokaido shinkansen cab
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Tokaido shinkansen ticket issued in Sept. 1964
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1970s children's book about traveling.
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1970s children's cards about transportation.
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The Railway Museum has a separate building just for the 0 Series, first-generation shinkansen.
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The building recreates the opening ceremony of the Tokaido shinkansen running between Tokyo and Osaka taking 4 hours.
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Just like new.
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Inside the 0 Series Tokaido shinkansen.
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Very pristine. We could sit on the seats too.
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0 Series Tokaido shinkansen's windows have various pictures along the shinkansen. This is Mt. Ibuki. Railway Museum in Saitama.
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0 Series Tokaido shinkansen's windows have various pictures along the shinkansen. This is Mt. Ibuki. Railway Museum in Saitama.
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Side table
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Corridor
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Water dispenser.
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Urinal
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Squat toilet in the 0 Series shinkansen.
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Wash basin
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Early history of shinkansen.
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About shinkansen stations.
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All shinkansen stations had platform chairs having the same color theme of blue and cream.
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Shinkansen wheels
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Tokaido shinkansen commemorative postage stamp
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Asakaze sleeper train between Tokyo and Hakata. The start of the "Blue Train" nickname given to sleeper trains in Japan.
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Sleeper train room
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Sleeper train bunk beds.
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Sleeper train bunk beds.
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Sleeper train bunk beds.
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Sleeper train bunk beds with curtains drawn.
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Outdoor exhibit of Limited Express tokkyu trains.
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Asama Limited Express
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Toki Limited Express
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Inside the Asama Limited Express.
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Hibari Limited Express, 485 series
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Inside Hibari Limited Express.
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Ueno Station
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Ueno Station bench
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Ueno Station platform sign
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Ueno Station turnstile.
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"Silver seat" now usually called "Courtesy seat."
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Toki Limited Express, 181 series
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Inside Toki Limited Express, 181 series.
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Vendor
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Chuo Line, 101 series.
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Class Nade 6110 electric train geared for commuters. Used by the Yamanote and Chup Lines in Tokyo from 1914.
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Inside Class Nade 6110 electric train geared for commuters. Lacquered wood interior.
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Class Oha 31 train car. Japan's first semi-metal train car for improved strength. Built in 1927.
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Inside Class Oha 31 train car. Japan's first semi-metal train car for improved strength. Wooden interior. Notice the heater.
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Class Kiha 42300 train car, Japanese government's first mass-produced steam train car. Used by many train lines from 1934.
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Wooden interior of Class Kiha 42300 train car.
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TR73 series first-class car
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TR73 series first-class car targeting foreign tourists.
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Freight train locomotive, JNR Class EF66
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Freight train cars
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Refrigerated freight train car.
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Refrigerated freight train car.
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2nd floor of museum.
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Diverse exhibits of artifacts on 2nd floor.
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How the government railways' logo evolved. It's now JR.
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Train ferry
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Scale model of Tokyo Station.
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Scale model of Tokyo Station northern dome.
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Chiyoda S model bus from 1932.
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Long-distance JNR bus that ran on the Meishin Expressway in 1964.
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Tokaido shinkansen commemorative postcards
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Tokaido shinkansen commemorative medals.
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Discover Japan rubber stamps.
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Sayonara JNR train nameplate in 1987 before JNR was privatized into JR.
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Hello JNR train nameplate in April 1987 after JNR was privatized into JR.
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"Head mark" is the train's nameplate attached to the front of the train.
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Noto train nameplate
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Fuji Hayabusa train nameplate
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Train simulators
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Train simulator
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Mini trains
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Mini trains
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Mini trains
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Museum gift shop.
 
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