Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
It was too hot to go outdoor during the Obon holidays in Japan. So we brought Fireball and his baby sister Twinkle Bell, to the Railway Museum (鉄道博物館) in Saitama City. My boys (our four-year-old & his father) totally adored this place, they were running in and out of railcar exhibits, in “High Tension” most of the time.
3-47 Onari-cho, Omiya-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, 330-0852
See access to the Railway Museum here (English available).
For this summer, the museum had a build-a-wooden-toy-shinkasen (E7 Series) workshop for little kids (with a fee of 1000 Yen). We thought Fireball might be interested but he ran towards these Lego bullet trains instead. LOL!At the Learning Zone, children discovers through railway models, mechanism and simulations, to understand how train works. Near the Entrance, there is a real-scale D51 Simulator cab, which requires reservation and a fee of 500 yen, for High-school students (or older) to experience what it is like to drive a train!
The Miniature Operating Train at the Park Zone also requires reservation and a 200-yen fee, and is for elementary school children (or older). Here, you can operate a train on your own!
This is one of Japan’s largest HO-scale railway dioramas. The auditorium has a capacity to seat 200 people (at a first come, first served basis). The show we watched had a lady narrator, who talked about a day-event of a railway system, by using lightings to simulate dawn to night and using train models.
These are the yummy Ekiben (Railway Station Meal Boxes) we had for lunch.The Lunch Trains are air-conditional stationary exhibits, seating areas for visitors to rest and enjoy their ekiben.
After lunch, we took the Shinkasen Mini-Shuttle to the North Wing, where the Library is located. We waited 45 mins for the ride, which is only for a 230-meter long journey! It was pretty hot in the shuttle because it is without air-conditioning, so Twinkle Bell cried all the way for the whole THREE MINUTES! The Library is filled with train-related books of various languages, for both Japanese kids and children from other countries to enjoy. Since Twinkle Bell is a Book-Destroyer, we had to avoid the place (so swiftly that I forgot to take picture). :P
Fireball got to ride the Mini Shinkasen, known as the Hayabusa (はやぶさ) for free. Of which, it is only available four times a year (during Golden Week, Mid of Summer Holidays, a few days after New Year’s Day and Spring Holidays).
Before we headed back home, we let Fireball and Twinkle Bell run wild at the Teppaku Playground. It was located at the open space at the South Wing, where the Mini Shinkansen track is located. The playground is equipped with a Series E5 Slide, a Keihin-Tohoku Line Jungle gym and five Shinkansen bouncy springs. Needless to say, our kids and their father (my beloved husband) had a fabulous time! ^_^b