Get a feel of Japan’s railway history…
The history of Japanese railways has continued to develop alongside the changes in people’s lifestyles. At the SCMaglev and Railway Park which was built from the concept of “A place of dreams and memories”, you can view 38 actual trains up close. Starting with the 1913 steam locomotive, one of three examples of train that had achieved the world’s highest speeds along with the Shinkansen and linear motor car, a total of 38 trains are displayed ranging from the passenger trains and conventional trains used after the war to the intergenerational Bullet Trains. Each train has a different shape and different colors in the exhibition area which will have hearts racing just from looking at them. Since they can also be boarded here, you can enjoy a full experience of watching, touching and getting on the trains. It’s irresistible for train enthusiasts but even those who aren’t fans can enjoy themselves while viewing the trains actually used through the history and evolution of Japan’s railway system.
An exhibition area that can be further enjoyed
This is a museum where not only 38 actual trains can be toured up close, but it can also be enjoyed by visitors ranging from small kids to train-loving enthusiasts. However, there are still many more attractions. First off, there is a railway diorama where you can enjoy the scenery around the Tokaido Shinkansen which boasts the largest area of any diorama in Japan. Plus, the simulator where you can enjoy the experience of operating a Bullet or a conventional train is also a hit with visitors. Furthermore, there are plenty of exhibition areas where you can find out about Japanese railway technology in detail such as the area covering the history of the railways, the section devoted to the superconducting maglev train, and the learning section on matters such as the application of magnetic power to the Shinkansen. A play room has been provided for children who under elementary school age so it’s a museum where the entire family can enjoy themselves. There is guidance naturally in English but also in other languages as well, so for people who don’t understand Japanese, there should be no worries.