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History and Culture connected by train

Yokohama, Kawasaki 15h15m

The route between Shinbashi and Yokohama is where a train run for the first time in Japan. Becasue of that, there are a lot of remaining train-related sites in Kanagawa prefecture. Especially, in Yokohama, from the opening to the Meiji period the port made a great contribution to the success of Japan in exporting silk and tea as an important treaty port. This trip is full of train-related activities, such as an unique train ride experience and a museum tour for train enthusiasts. Tsurumi river (Near Tsunashima station)Tsurumi Hara Model Railway Museum.

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The Railway Museum

The Railway Museum was built as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project. It preserves both the physical elements and heritage of railways of Japan and of abroad. In 2017 total renewal of a miniature railway , driving simulator and other instruments were done. You can learn a lot from the renovated instruments. Train cockpit and cars are open to guests. You can...

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Tsurumi-gawa Riverbank

From the riverbank and the walking path along the river, you can enjoy observing water birds as well as taking pictures of trains up-close. There is not only a rail track for Toyoko Line nearby, but it also has a bridge girder for Tokaido Shinkansen Line a 10-minute walk away, this is a dream-come-true spot for photography lovers. On a sunny day Mt. Fuji can be viewed in a distance as well.

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HARA Model Railway Museum

In 2012, the Hara Model Railway Museum opened in Yokohama, where Japan’s first railway started. The museum opens to the public a massive collection of models trains, said to be the largest in the world, made and possessed by Nobutaro Hara. The collection also includes many railway collectables other than the model trains. One of the features of Hara’s models is that they recreat...

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Kishamichi Promenade

A promenade made by overhauling a dead track used by the former Japan National Railways that opened in 1911. It consists of three bridges connecting the Nihonmaru Memorial Park to the Shinko area. Skyscrapers of the Minatomirai area can be viewed from this 500-meter long boardwalk. Rubblework constructed at the time of the opening of the railways, a US-made railroad bridge and other historical ...

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Aka-Renga Soko (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 1st Building The 3rd floor houses a hall with approximately 300 seats used for theater performances and concerts. It can be used as a party space as well. The 2nd floor is a multi-purpose space used for gallery and other events. The 1st floor has 5 shops including “Akarenga (brick) Depot” that sells brick goods, “Yokohama Glass” where you can...

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Zou-no Hana Terrace

The Zou-no Hana Terrace opened on June 2nd in 2009 as part of the celebration projects of the 150th anniversary of Yokohama City Port. The City of Yokohama built the Zou-no Hana Park on the land where the Port of Yokohama had been born with the design to make it an iconic space that connects Yokohama's future with its past. Located inside this iconic park, the Zou-no Hana Terra...

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Yokohama Tram Museum

Yokohama Tram was loved by locals and was called "Chin Chin densha" and run for about 70 years from 1904 to 1972. Yokohama Tram Museum was open to public on the site of Takigashira tram factory site in 1973 after one year of its end of history. It was reconstructed in 1983 as what it is now. In the museum, 7 trains of the tram, tram stop signs and pavement stones are conserved. It rem...

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Shonan Monorail

The Shonan Monorail is a suspension type monorail, which is very unique because it is not seen very often in the world. This is the innovative ride that the Kanagawa prefecture is proud of. It has total of 8 stations (from Ofuna to Shonan Enoshima) and the length of the line is 6.6 km.

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Enoshima Electric Railway

Although this is a short railway with a total length of 10km, along the tracks there are both mountains and the sea. From the window you can enjoy a view of Enoshima Island and Mount Fuji. If you purchase a 1 day pass, you can enjoy a discount and reduce the hassle of having to buy tickets every time.

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Yamakita Railway Park

This is one of the few facilities that indicates Yamakita was an important "Railway Town". After Gotenba Line was separated from Tokaido Main Line, a steam locomotive JNR Class D-52 70 run Gotenba Line to climb up and down Hakone mountain. The beautiful train,D52 70, is exhibited in this park and is lit up at night. Gotenba Line runs along the side of this park. Yamakita cherry t...

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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

This museum is full of dreams and memories of each generation. They introduces "the Progress of high-speed rail technology" from Tokaido Shinkansen to local trains and superconducting MAGLEV. Railway models and simulator will help children and grown ups learn about railways with lots of fun.

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