Attraction Japan 〒220-0011 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama YOKOHAMA MITSUI BUILDING 西区高島1−1−2 Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why HARA Model Railway Museum is special ?
Hara Model Railway 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 recreate cars from Japan, Europe, the United States, and other places around the globe. From steam locomotives to electric locomotives, those tell of an age when railways were making tremendous advances.
With those models, visitors can enjoy the world's railways without ever leaving Yokohama.
Another feature of Hara's models is that they faithfully recreate real trains. They draw power from overhead lines and run on iron rails with iron wheels. One area museum visitors should take notice of is the click-clack sounds the model trains make.
You can hear the same sound as real trains as they go over the joints between track sections. Running models are made possible by incorporating the same technologies as real trains, even if those cannot be seen from the outside. Such technologies include gears, leaf springs, bearings, swing bolsters, brakes and more. At the museum, you can enjoy gauge one (1:32 scale) model trains incorporating those technologies running on one of the world's largest indoor dioramas.
What to explore at HARA Model Railway Museum?
The result of Hara Nobutaro's lifelong obsession with trains, this superb collection of model trains and other railway-associated memorabilia is every kid's and trainspotter's dream come true. Even if you don't care much for trains the sheer scale of the collection and beautiful detail of the exhibits is captivating. The highlight is the mammoth gauge one diorama of moving locomotives where you can act as train driver.
How to get to HARA Model Railway Museum?
Akai Kutsu Bus is a sight seeing bus around Minatomirai, Chinatown and Motomachi. It runs every 20-30 minutes and looks like an old red bus. A ticket costs ¥100, and a 1 day pass costs ¥500
A "sea bus" operates between JR Yokohama station (east exit), Minato Mirai and Yamashita Park, and is one of the nicest ways to get around on a sunny day. The fare is ¥340-700 depending on the distance.
- Great for Kids
- Passion and Fantasy Combined
- Hara great collection
- A good hour's distraction
- Such a great train collection
Japan 〒220-0011 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama YOKOHAMA MITSUI BUILDING 西区高島1−1−2
Tips for you
The Hara museum has an interesting address, to begin with. It is located on the first floor (or second, depending on where you're from) of an office tower. It is, however, very near the Yokohama train station. The entrance fee of 1,000 yen wasn't cheap, either. However, even for the non-model-train-collector it is well worth a visit. We thought we'd just drop by for a look, but ended up staying there almost until the time it close. The major attraction was a huge train set - complete with mountains, tunnels, trees, figures, stations - you name it. There was also another smaller set but with smaller model modern trains whizzing by. Every piece was made meticulously with a lot of details. It was addictive seeing them go around. Whilst it may not worth a special trip to Yokohama to see, if you happen to be in the town it's definitely worth a couple hour of your time.