Sunday, September 9, 2018

Japan Travel: Nagoya: SCMaglev and Railway Park

Being a fan of railway, I usually planned places of interest related to railway in our overseas trip itinerary. We had visited Kyushu Railway History Museum in Japan and Changhua Roundhouse in Taiwan. To add on to the list, during our trip to Central Japan, we visited SCMaglev and Railway Park in Nagoya. It showcases not just the history of railway, but also presents the dream of future development - the Superconducting Magnetically Levitated Vehicle (Maglev). 

Upon entering SCMaglev and Railway Park, the children were given a mission - to complete the activity sheet by answering the questions and getting the stamps. Initially we were confused about where to find the activity stations, we were thankful that a visitor shared with us that the locations are found on the other side of the activity sheet! With my half-past-six command of Japanese language, we managed to answer the questions, though not all were correct.

It was an eye-opener to see different models of trains.

Series 700 Shinkansen (left) and Series 300 Shinkansen (right)

Class Kuro 381 Electric Railcar (left) and Class Kumoha 165 Electric Car (right)

Dr. Yellow

How nostalgic to see the interior of the old trains.

Other than rolling stocks, there were also many hands-on activities for the visitors to learn about the trains. We could use this machine to print the train ticket with our name, at no additional cost!

At the Superconducting Maglev Room, we learnt about superconductivity through hands-on activities.

The simulator of Series N700 Shinkansen looked so interesting. I read from the official website that a lottery system is used to select users, however, when we visited on the weekend, it was based on first-come-first-serve basis at a cost of 500 yen. By the time we reached there in the afternoon, the tickets were sold out! What a pity!

The railway model at the Greatest Railway Diorama Room was so amazing! The lighting in the room changed to simulate daytime and night time, and the model looked so real!

Before we left SCMaglev and Railway Park, the children showed their completed activity sheet and redeemed a small handkerchief. If you are a fan of railway, do visit SCMaglev and Railway Park when you are in Nagoya!

SCMaglev and Railway Park
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.), close on Tuesdays
Admission fee: 1000 yen for adult, 500 yen for elementary and high school child, 200 yen for pre-school child aged above 3
How to Get There:
From Nagoya Station, take  the Aonami Line to Kinjofuto Station (the last stop). The train ride is about 24 minutes. 

Our Central Japan Travelogue June 2018

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