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World speed record holding trains

Opened in 2011, the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is the railway museum of Central Japan Railways (JR Central). The museum seeks to educate visitors on the advances in high speed rail in Japan and displays a number of actual trains including historic steam locomotives, world record setting experimental shinkansen (bullet train) and the latest magnetic levitating trains (maglev).

A collection of 39 retired train cars are displayed in the museum. Many of these can be entered or viewed from underneath, and are accompanied by a host of exhibits explaining the different parts of the trains and all aspects of their operation and maintenance. Another section of the museum is dedicated to maglev trains and JR Central's plans to construct a maglev high speed link between Tokyo and Osaka. The second floor of the museum also has lots of learning experiences, which are specifically geared toward young children.

A large variety of historic shinkansen, express trains and passenger cars on display

Some of the most popular attractions are the train simulators, which include driving simulators for conventional and shinkansen trains, and a train crew simulator where you can experience the duties of a train conductor in charge of opening and closing the doors. The simulators cost an additional fee (either 100 or 500 yen) and reservations must be made in advance at the museum information desk. Reservations are determined by a lottery system which takes place four times per day. Entries must be submitted at least 45 minutes in advance.

The museum also houses one of Japan's largest train dioramas, with miniature trains running through incredibly detailed recreations of Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. Another collection displays historical artifacts from the early days of Japanese railways. An excellent English audio guide is available for rent for 500 yen, which provides detailed explanations of all of the museum exhibits.

Railway Diorama

Access

SCMAGLEV and Railway Park is a few steps from Kinjofuto Station, the terminal stop on the Aonami Line. The one way trip between Nagoya and Kinjofuto stations takes about 25 minutes, costs 350 yen, and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Trains depart approximately every 15 minutes.

How to get to and around Nagoya

Hours & Fees

Hours

10:00 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00)

Closed

Tuesdays and December 28 to January 1

Admission

1000 yen (simulators cost an additional 100 or 500 yen fee)

English

Good

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Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: April 25, 2016