The Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum near Akaike Station on the Tsurumai subway line is a favorite for parents and their train-loving kids, especially on weekends.
Besides the model railways, Play Station-style computer train simulators and a collection of old subway and tram carriages (ideal for reading a book or newspaper, while the kids play on the trains and ring all the bells) - there are some interesting black and white photographs of Nagoya in the 1960s, when the last trams were still running in the city.
The trams in Nagoya were finally phased out in 1974 as the subway system began to cover much of the city.
Nagoya City Tram & Subway Museum
Tel 052 807 7587
Walk north from Akaike Station Exit 2 down the hill, cross Route 153 and you will see two giant subway drills. The museum is here. Admission free; closed Wednesdays.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009