Attraction Japan 〒731-0143 Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima-shi, Asaminami-ku, Chōrakuji, 2 Chome−12−2 Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why Hiroshima City Transportation Museum is special ?
The museum, with a collection of approximately 2,000 scale model vehicles in its second-floor exhibition hall, displays the transformation of vehicles and transportation over the years from the past to the present. The spacious atrium that spans the third and fourth floors includes "Vehicle City", which, at a diameter of 20 meters, is one of Japan's largest transportation dioramas, allowing visitors to control a wide variety of vehicles through levers and buttons. Visitors may also peruse books about vehicles and transportation and view video materials in the first floor library and its video booths. The open-air square also offers "Fun Bikes" (requiring a separate rental fee), along with the "Atomic Bomb Train" display, which teaches us a solemn lesson about the great importance of peace. Plus, with weekend and holiday arts and crafts classes and movie clubs, science shows and more, this museum, where one can have a lot of fun while learning a lot about vehicles and transportation, is truly an appealing place to visit.
What to explore at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum?
The first floor of the building has a library, teaching room for special classes and a craft room where “Science Shows” and other special events are held throughout the year. There is a cafeteria offering normal family restaurant style noodle and rice dishes. There is also a small gift shop and some exhibits of children’s projects on this floor.
The highlight for the many kids who visit this museum is the crazy bike area behind the building. If you head to the back of the building, the area outside is where the Omoshiroi-Jitensha or “Crazy bikes” are kept. For a ¥100 per person for each half hour, kids (and their parents) can enjoy riding 2, 3 and even 4 wheeled bicycles around the track. In the center there is a small playground and there is also a fountain and model tram in the same area, but the bikes keep the kids happily entertained for quite some time. You do not have to pay for entry to the museum to use the bicycle area in the back.
Entrance to the museum offers many interesting exhibits of old and new transportation in Japan and around the world starting on the 2nd floor. There are simulation games where you can ride a bicycle on a course or drive a monorail similar to the Astram line. Many of the exhibits have English titles under the Japanese. The models of the many different varieties of train, plane, automobile and ferry are interesting and there are buttons to push and handles to turn to demonstrate how things work or to play short explanation videos.
The 3rd and 4th floor feature a giant model of a futuristic city which kids can press buttons and levers around to get things to move and light up.
How to get to Hiroshima City Transportation Museum?
A 5-minute walk from "Chorakuji Station", accesible by taking a Hiroshima Electric Railway streetcar to "Hondori Station" and then switching to the Astram Line.
- Attractive Museum for Family
- Great Family Place
- Interesting special events
- A nice craft room
- Many interesting exhibits of old and new transportation
Japan 〒731-0143 Hiroshima-ken, Hiroshima-shi, Asaminami-ku, Chōrakuji, 2 Chome−12−2
Tips for you
First of all, you get to it by riding the Astram, a monorail type train in the sky. This museum shows the fantastic progress Japan has made in transportation. While it is true there are many models, there are also full sized simulations. You can pilot a boat into a harbor. I crashed every time. BTW - after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, the city had the streetcars running after only 30 days. In Japan, trains always run on time. Can any other country claim that? This place is definitely worth seeing. Re: the negative review - they did not look at the museum very closely.