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The New Kyoto Train Museum

kyoto Train museum

Umekoji Park, just a few minutes away from Kyoto Station, is home to a growing number of museums and other family attractions. Near the Kyoto aquarium and just next door to the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, in spring 2016 a brand new three-story museum opened, focusing on Japanese trains!

This new building house real trains, models that were groundbreaking for their time. You can take an upclose look at a 500 series shinkansen bullet train (the first to travel more than 300 kph), or at trains whose seats fold out into beds.

Because Umekoji Park is very close to Kyoto Station and the many railroad tracks that connect to it, plans are also in the works to give visitors a nice space to watch the in-service trains come and go.
What’s more, a new JR train station just next to the museum is under construction (though not set to open until 2019).
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