Railway Museums in Kansai

Kyoto Railway Museum

Introduces steam engine history and culture, preserved, restored steam.
(ex Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum)

Oct 1973.

C62 2

The Kyoto Railway Museum (ex Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum) has the biggest exclusive steam engines museum in Japan. It was opened after the centennial anniversary of Japanese railroads on Oct 10 1972. It is interesting that, that museum has few active engines there. They are actually running a 1 km line in the museum yard 3 times a day.


Sizes : L
Location : Kyoto city.
Exhibit engines : B2010, C1164, 8630, 9633, C51239, C5345, C551, C56160, C571, C581, C59164, C612, C621, C622, D50140, D511, D51200, D52468,
Official website : Kyoto Railway Museum (Japanese)
Kyoto Railway Museum (English)
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for visiting museums :


The Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum.
My story .... behind the story.


The Umekoji Steam Locomotive museum closed on the 30th of August 2015.
The new museum was opened on the 29th of April 2016 as the Kyoto Railway Museum.



Sagano Sightseeing Railway (Sagano Kanko Tetudo)
A part of the Hozukyo (Hozu valley) section on the Sanin line. It was replaced by a new line during Mar 1989. This section was restored to a tram special sightseeing railway during 1991.
Left photo, before replacement of the old line during 1969, and the right photo was taken on the new lines opening year 1991.
Sizes : M
Location : Sagano, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto city
Primary exhibits : Resored diesel railroad. Preserved C5698 C5848 D5151 D51603 A-7 in Sagano.
Official website : Sagano Railway (English)
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Kaya Steam Locomotive Square

Introduces Kaya private railway.
(Kaya SL Hiroba)

Kaya Co. railway service was closed April 30 1985. But the site has been reopened for the Railway museum. Kaya museum displays its precious station house, engines, etc. for the viewing public.

Sizes : M
Location : Yosano-mati in Northern part of Kyoto.
Exhibit engines : Old time steam engines No.2 etc..
Official website : Kaya Museum (English)
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Modern Transportation Museum (Osaka Kotu Kagaku Kan)
The Modern Transportation Museum closed on the 6th of April 2014.
The new museum is scheduled to open on the 29th of April 2016 as the Kyoto Railway Museum. The exhibition vehicles are moved to the new museum.


Left D51-2 and Right C62-26
During 1988

Class 1800 No.1801
During Jan 1974
Sizes : L
Location : Benten-Tyo Osaka city.
Primary exhibits : Overall introduction of Japanese railroads. The Primary one is in the Kansai area.
Steam Engines - 7100, 1800, 230, D512, C6226, Diesel Engines - DD13638, DF5018, DD5433, Electric Engines - EF521 etc ......
Official website :
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Nagahama Railway Square

Restored original Nagahama station building.
(Nagahama Tetudo Sukuea)

The museum building is the oldest railroad building still in existence in Japan. The building was built on the tenth of March in 1882 and was part of the Hokuriku line in the direction of Kanazawa. On May first during the next year, 1883, a part of the original Tokaido line (Tokyo-Kobe) joined on to this station from the East. Originally, only ferry service existed on Biwako lake to Otsu (near Kyoto) from this stationside pier. But after the establishment of rail service, the ferry service was closed on July 1st 1889. The building was used until a new station replaced it in 1903.
A picture of the station during its opening period has been reproduced in the museum.

The left photo was taken before the station became a museum in 1972.

Sizes : M
Location : Nagahama.
Primary Exhibit : History of Hokuriku line, ED70 D51793 engines.
Official website : Nagahama Museum (Japanese)
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Oumi Railway Museum (Oumi Tetsudo Museum)

Class ED14 No.1
Hikone depot, during Dec 1973

Class ED31 No.5
Hikone depot, during Dec 1973
Left pfoto
The Class ED14 is one of the imported first electric locomotives in Japan. The ED14 had a total of four engines and were imported from the General Electric Co. US as a Class 1060 during 1926. The ED14 is an important locomotive in the history of Japanese electric locomotives.

Consult please .... Class ED17
Sizes : M
Location : Hikone city.
Primary exhibits : Introduction of Oumi Railway. Preserved ED14, ED31 etc.
Official website : Oumi Railway (English)
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Note : Openings are on an irregular basis.




Other Kansai's Railway Museums

Sizes Museum Name Official name in Japanese Location Primary exhibits Official site
(Japanese)
S Fukutiyama Chug Land Fukutiyama Tetudokan Pottpo rando Fukuchiyama city, Kyoto Introduction of Hokutan Railway. Preserved C5856 and wheel of C5793. none




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