Otaru Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kent P
Batavia, OH100 contributions
Oct 2020
This museum is only about trains. The museum was just ok, very little English info. I did really enjoy the train cars on display outside. Especially the snow plow trains. It's worth a visit.
Written 30 October 2020
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Etupirka
Minato, Japan1,152 contributions
May 2019 • Family
屋内と屋外エリアに分かれており、屋内1階は北海道の鉄道史をテーマにした展示室とプラネタリウム、2階は子供向けの物理実験室となっています。
屋外エリアには北海道を走っていた鉄道車両が展示されており、動態保存されたSLが牽く客車にも乗ることが出来ます。
入場料は大人400円(冬季300円)とリーズナブルですが、館内にはジュースの自動販売機しかないため、食事は予め済ませておくか、購入して持ち込む必要があります。
小樽駅からは博物館の手宮口(夏季のみ)までタクシーで680円、正面入口までだと920円でした。
バスだと、駅前バスターミナルの3番乗り場から10番系統です。

You can go around and look at displayed old train cars. Please prepare your lunch by yourself since there is no restaurant inside.
Written 3 May 2019
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richsmar
Honolulu, HI17 contributions
Jul 2018
This has been a 'must visit' for my son when we visit Otaru. Many interactive exhibits, including being able to ride on a train and seeing how they operate! Also has other science themed exhibits which are updated along with special programs to watch out for. Cool train car for dining just outside museum or ramen place across the street if you get hungry!
Written 27 September 2018
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The Travelling Larrikin
Singapore, Singapore964 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Not a deal breaker if you don’t go but interesting fun facts on the development of railway in Otaru. Maximum 30mins, 45mins if you can read the Japanese descriptions of the items on display
Written 23 July 2018
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
“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 2:00 p.m. and were suggested to try a short ride by a steam locomotive outside the museum building. We learned it is a very short ride of a passenger train pulled by a steam locomotive called the “Iron Horse.” The Iron Horse turned out to be a small early-day steam locomotive built in Pittsburgh, USA in 1909.

The steam locomotive did work and upon completing the ride of two minutes, it was separated from the passenger cars and went to the railway turntable for a return ride. It was fun. They say this is done four times a day in the summer months.

Besides the “Iron Horse,” there are several poorly kept former JNR passenger trains within the complex. You cannot go onto these, but to just observe from the ground leve.

Inside the museum is another real steam locomotive called “Shizuka” that is also a US-built steam locomotive for the early 19th century Hokkaido.
Written 15 August 2017
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KMatariki
Bangkok, Thailand141 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
Good train museum located in Otaru, take a bit of time to walk there from the canal, children should like it here.
Written 4 December 2016
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Botchan10
Gardena, CA26 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 26 March 2016
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Shibanxi1
Forest Hills, NY120 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
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 an engine from the roundhouse, it comes out on a turntable, rotates 360 degrees and backs back in.
Written 8 March 2016
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Yulie d
Jakarta, Indonesia322 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
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 tracks through mountain on the aged day. Will be interesting for train lover, but mostly are in japanese. On 2nd floor there is an interesting room about different kind of mirror and perspective. Also there is a display on the rocket, some sort of science corner i think.
I suggest not to go there by BUS, even there is a bus passing that route, but its quite a distance (especially in the rain!) to walk there, i think about 1 km? and no clear sign. And no clear sign from the bus where to stop too, luckily we asked someone and they ask us to stop on the next one. It is not according to the list they gave us, so those are not the bus stop point they make.
However, if you are really taking bus, you stop at the bus stop where there is a bank, i cant remember the name, i think North pacific something. Then walk towards the redlight with big intersections, across it 2x, then walk along until you see big superstore, cut cross the parking area (we didnt do that, we went around, big detour), and you can find the museum entrance.
Written 12 January 2016
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budtrav
spore33 contributions
Dec 2015
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.
Written 3 January 2016
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