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Otaru City Museum (Railway Museum at the former JNR Temiya Station site)

“Otaru-shi Sogo Hakubutukan” or Otaru City General Museum is its official name. However, its... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Chuzaa
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Vancouver, Canada
Small But Nice

Includes old steam loco and passenger car that you can board. Fun interactive switching game. Good... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
chitravelers11
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Chicago
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1-3-6 Temiya, Otaru 047-0041, Hokkaido
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

“Otaru-shi Sogo Hakubutukan” or Otaru City General Museum is its official name. However, its Temiya complex branch here is really a train museum based on the former Japanese National Railway’s long-abandoned short line called the Temiya Line Temiya Station. We visited the museum just after...More

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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Includes old steam loco and passenger car that you can board. Fun interactive switching game. Good history with some working dioramas. Nice turntable display with locos over time. Spent about an hour. For train buffs, an interesting small museum.

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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Good train museum located in Otaru, take a bit of time to walk there from the canal, children should like it here.

1  Thank KMatariki
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Wonderful displays of uniforms railway workers throughout the ages. Fabulous interactive scenes of how and when the railway was constructed. Also great visualization of the different trains and their uses. There is also a large science room upstairs and a crafts room down the hall.

2  Thank Botchan10
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Even though the outdoor trains were under wrap to protect them from the weather the museum is well worth a visit. The indoor exhibits are well displayed. There is an excellent model of the building of the railroad. The turntable model is great. You select...More

2  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 12 January 2016

We thought that they still have their steam train ride on winter but was mistaken, as there is no information found on the website about it closed down on winter. So we basically only see the indoor museum. They show you how they build the...More

2  Thank Yulie22
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Been to this place a couple of times. There are 3 storey to visit including shopping and some really old musical boxes which is a must see if you are in otaru.

1  Thank budtrav
Reviewed 23 August 2015

There are two parts, the old warehouse buildings and the railway museum. Both are excellent. The restored buildings give one an appreciation for the many unrestored buildings all around. The railway museum includes several trips per day of a steam locomotive pulling a carriage, a...More

4  Thank MunichEricJ
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Overall rating: 3.9 stars In return for a modest admission price, I really enjoyed the Otaru City Museum located in a kura (old warehouse) near the canal. The small, but well organized, exhibition walks visitors through the history of Otaru starting from around the mid-1800s....More

2  Thank Andrew1234
Reviewed 14 March 2015

The price of the ticket allows for entry to 2 museums, one near to the Otaru canal and one further down the road that is focuses on Trains. Interesting to learn about the history of Otaru being the Wall Street of Hokkaido and also the...More

2  Thank Arthura33
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