Ricky’s been a huge fan of trains since he was very young, so it was only a matter of time before we would make our first trip to the Tokyo Metro museum in Edogawa-ku.
It’s very accessible, being located just under the railway next to Kasai station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai line, and as it’s all indoors it’s great fun in any weather.
A poster advertising the museum at Kasai Station
The entrance of the museum has ticket gates (kaisatsu) just like a real station.
At 210yen for adults and 100 yen for children it’s very cheap, and you can also pay for tickets with your Pasmo / Suica IC card.
There’s a lot to explore inside. We started off with the very first metro train (Ginza line 1001) .
There were some mannequins in period costumes, although Ricky was quick to point out that they weren’t real people!
…and the driver.
Next to the train the decor is like that of Ueno station at that time. The hiragana says “うへの” instead of “うえの” – the old way to write it.
Whilst Ricky liked these full-size trains, he was more excited by the painted train tracks on the floor! Lots of children were pretending to be trains and running up and down the tracks!
Ricky also loves watching train drivers when we travel. So whilst fancy model railways were impressive, he was more keen to try driving a train himself.
Next stop: Train driving simulators!
Here, you can drive Ginza line, Yurakucho line and Tozai line trains.
With helpful guidance from the staff, you get to drive from one station to another. The videos are actual footage of the tunnels, as shot from the front of 3 trains.
Although Ricky’s driving wasn’t particularly safe (as he’s a 2-year-old driver), he was very good about holding the brake and accelerator handles tight! He was so focused on his important job that he didn’t smile at all!
Of course, he drove all three different lines – over and over again.
It was interesting to see him so taken up with it. We’ve noticed that with some games / activities, he will focus really hard, and be completely oblivious to then world around him.
He also loved this full-size driver’s seat. As he moved the levers he did his train announcements (in Japanese): “Door’s closing, please be careful”.
There was also a puri-kura (print club – instant photo machine) – something else he really enjoys.
Cheesy but fun!
After playing around for 90 minutes, we had our packed lunch in the rest area. You can take your own food inside the museum, and it’s a good place to relax.
Overall, it was great fun, especially for boys (of all ages!) The entrance fee is also very cheap – 210yen per adult. We’ll definitely go back there again.
They also host a few events there, so check out their website to see if there’s something that you or your children may like.
Opening time: 10am – 5pm (Last entry by 4:30pm)
Fee: Adults 210 yen, Children (age 4 to junior high students) 100yen
Access: Kasai station (Tokyo Metro Tozai line)
Website: http://www.chikahaku.jp (Japanese only)