The Tokyo Subway Museum, located at Kasai Station on the Tozai Line, is a perennial favorite for train-mad kids and their parents.
The refurbished museum (which first opened in 1986) features a number of historic train carriages, video displays, poster exhibitions, model train layouts and simulation games.
Visitors enter the museum through a subway ticket gate and first up is a section on Tokyo's first underground line between Ueno and Asakusa (now part of today's Ginza-Line) which opened in 1927. On display in the 1920s-period reconstruction of Ueno station is an original 1927 model 1000 subway carriage, which was modeled on New York Subway rolling stock and a 1954 model 301 Marunouchi Subway Line carriage.
The museum also has displays on tunnelling technology and some excellent simulation games, where kids of elementary school age and above are allowed to "drive" the trains under the supervision of the uniformed attendants.
The museum also contains a 1938-model 129 electric carriage, where children can operate the doors, an audio-visual hall, a library, and a small room with drinks and snacks from vending machines.
All in all an excellent hour or two for trainspotters of all ages!
Tokyo Subway Museum
Tel: 03 3878 5011
Admission: Adults 210 yen; Children 100 yen
Take the Tozai Line from Otemachi Station to Kasai station. Otemachi Station can be reached by underground passage from Tokyo Station or take the Marunouchi Line one stop from Tokyo Station.
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Monday, January 22, 2007