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About the
Hara Model Railway Museum

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the Hara Model Railway Museum will open in Yokohama, where Japan's first railway started.

The museum opens to the public a massive collection of models trains, said to be the largest in the world, made and possessed by Nobutaro Hara. The collection also includes many railway collectables other than the model trains.

One of the features of Hara's models is that they recreate cars from Japan, Europe, the United States, and other places around the globe. From steam locomotives to electric locomotives, those tell of an age when railways were making tremendous advances.
With those models, visitors can enjoy the world's railways without ever leaving Yokohama.

Another feature of Hara's models is that they faithfully recreate real trains. They draw power from overhead lines and run on iron rails with iron wheels. One area museum visitors should take notice of is the click-clack sounds the model trains make.
You can hear the same sound as real trains as they go over the joints between track sections. Running models are made possible by incorporating the same technologies as real trains, even if those cannot be seen from the outside. Such technologies include gears, leaf springs, bearings, swing bolsters, brakes and more. At the museum, you can enjoy gauge one (1:32 scale) model trains incorporating those technologies running on one of the world's largest indoor dioramas.

When hearing of railway technological innovations, Hara would demonstrate his passion for railways and technologies by going places around the world to actually see, ride, and record railways with still photos and 16mm movie film that were rare when Hara first started taking his records . The museum shows off some of the vast array of railway and travel memorabilia he collected as well at technical documents. You will be amazed at how the technologies covered in those documents are actually incorporated in model railways.

The many models and other materials that Hara has collected are valuable in terms of railway history and modern industrial history. They can also be said to demonstrate "dreams of travel," "adoration for unknown worlds," and "dreams of new industries" brought about by the "cutting-edge technology of the time" exemplified by railways.

Come to the Hara Model Railway Museum and see for yourself the wonder of railways.

About the Hara Model Railway Museum

Museum overview

  • NameHara Model Railway Museum

  • Opening dateJuly 10, 2012

  • Floor spaceApprox. 1,700m²

  • Exhibit spaceApprox. 1,200m²

  • Total cars in collectionApprox. 1,500

  • Gauge one diorama areaApprox. 310m²

Sales Overview

Operating hours
10 am to 5 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm)Operating hours are subject to change
without prior notice.
Days closed
Tuesdays / Wednesday
(if Tuesday is a national holiday,
the museum will close the day after)
Entrance fees
Adults: ¥1,000
Junior high and high school students: ¥700
Children (four and older): ¥500(all prices include consumption tax)
Visitors with an identification booklet for the disabled and their escort (one escort per visitor) are entitled to a 300 yen discount off the above price by
presenting their identification booklet.
Ticketing
Please purchase an admission ticket with a designated date and time from the ticket sales service "E Plus" or the "Famiport" in the FamilyMart store.

Calendar

Access

The nearest stations are Yokohama Station and Shin-Takashima Station (Minatomirai Line).

The second floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building  Hara Model Railway Museum.

The second floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building
Hara Model Railway Museum.

Access to the Hara Model Railway Museum
from Yokohama Station / Shin-Takashima Station

  • Those who use the stairs / escalator from Yokohama Station

    Those who use the stairs / escalator from Yokohama Station
    • 1Go straight from the east exit to the Yokohama store where you can get off the escalator
    • 2Go right on the square in front of Sogo and go up the stairs at the end
    • 3Cross the pedestrian crossing and go straight on. The 2nd floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building is the Hara Model Railway Museum.
  • Those who use the elevator from Yokohama Station

    Those who use the elevator from Yokohama Station
    • 1Go right in front of the escalator at the east exit and take the elevator to Porta (underground shopping mall)
    • 2Proceed through Porta (underground shopping mall) to Sky Building
    • 3Turn left in front of the Sky Building and take the elevator between Sogo and Marui to the second floor
    • 4With Sogo on your left, go straight and you will come to "Hamamirai Walk".
    • 5Follow the "Hamamirai Walk" and take the elevator in front of the Nissan Global Headquarters to the "G floor".
    • 6The Hara Model Railway Museum is on the second floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building in front of the Katabira River on your right.
  • Those who use the escalator from Shin-Takashima Station

    Those who use the escalator from Shin-Takashima Station
    • 1Please take Exit 2 immediately after exiting the ticket gate
    • 2Cross the pedestrian crossing on Minato Mirai Boulevard and proceed to the Nissan Global Headquarters side
    • 3The Hara Model Railway Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building next to the Nissan Global Headquarters.
  • Those who use the elevator from Shin-Takashima Station

    Those who use the elevator from Shin-Takashima Station
    • 1Take the B elevator on the right after exiting the ticket gate to the 1st floor
    • 2Turn left at the pedestrian crossing on Minato Mirai Boulevard and proceed toward the Nissan Global Headquarters
    • 3The Hara Model Railway Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building next to the Nissan Global Headquarters.

Cautions

  • *Please do not touch the exhibits and materials.
  • *Inside the museum please refrain from taking copies. The only writing implements allowed are pencils.
  • *Please refrain from eating or drinking inside the museum.
  • *The museum is a completely no smoking environment.
  • *Visitors are not allowed to bring large-sized luggage into the museum.
  • *During busy times, visitors may be required to wait before entering the museum.
  • *Please refrain from bringing pets to the museum (with the exception of seeing-eye, assistance and hearing dogs).
  • *Visitors causing inconvenience for other visitors will be asked to leave the museum.
  • *Parents and guardians are requested to watch their children at all times.

Museum Guide

Hara Model Railway Museum open in Yokohama,
where Japan's railways started!

A new railway venue has opened in Yokohama, just five minutes' walk from Yokohama Station.
Its collections feature exquisitely reproduced valuable models from around the world and models that run with a roar, all of which are amazing pieces.
An exciting wonderland, the museum gives you a fun close-up feel for railway technology and allows you to travel the world through model railways.
(Content may change without notice.)

Floor mapClick on individual areas shown in the map of the facilities below to display explanations.

Museum Guide

Overview of Facilities

Name
Hara Model Railway Museum
Address
2F Yokohama Mitsui Building, 1-1-2 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Area
Approx. 1,700m² (floor space)
Access
5 min. walk from JR Yokohama Station, 2 min. walk from Shin-Takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line
*Users of the “Mitsui no Repark” parking in the first basement of Yokohama Mitsui Building can receive preferential treatment
(discount service).

1First Exhibit Room“ The Essence of Hara Models ”

Here you can find the most representative of all the Hara models. Detailed explanations introduce various episodes in the creation of the models, as well as specific parts.

First Exhibit Room“ The Essence of Hara Models ”

No.1 Locomotive

  • No.1 LocomotiveThis locomotive is the first model Hara created during his childhood and is also the symbol of the museum.
  • Kongosan Electric Railway No.22 EMUThis legendary train used to run on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Hakone Tozan Railway Chiki Series (Chiki No.1)The precision of the woodwork and brass etchings is the attraction of this reproduction.
  • Orient ExpressThis beautiful wooden carriage can be seen in all its glory, including the paintings on the ceiling.
  • “The Train”This is a phantom train from the early 20th century. This model offers an interesting look at the underside of the passenger car through the glass floor.
  • Swiss Federal Railways Ae4/7This model features a reproduction of the Buchli drive transmission system.
  • Hanshin Electric Railway series 311 EMU (No.313)The color and shape of this wooden EMU are part of its appeal.

2Second Exhibit Room “ Storytelling Models ”“ Model building library ”

Storytelling ModelsExhibits are displayed by theme, telling of culture and history of individual eras through Hara's vast collection of models.
As you walk around you can feel the history evoked by the models.

Second Exhibit Room “ Storytelling Models ”“ Model building library ”

Model building libraryThis exhibit displays railway vehicle designs drawn by Nobutaro Hara from when he was only an elementary school student through his teens.
Also open to the public are the books from overseas that he read as reference material for model building.
They are available for browsing upon request.

Second Exhibit Room “ Storytelling Models ”“ Model building library ”

3Exhibition Promenade“ Nobutaro Hara and Japan's Railway History ”

What kinds of railways did Hara see for himself? This exhibit shows a chronology of the achievements of Nobutaro Hara, together with a chronology of the history of railways.

Exhibition Promenade“ Nobutaro Hara and Japan's Railway History ”

4Third Exhibit Room “ Vintage Collection ”“ Photo Library ”

Vintage CollectionScenes from Hara's railway journeys are told through models and other items.
Enjoy rare antique toy trains, the first tickets issued for certain trains, and other items Hara has collected.

Third Exhibit Room “ Vintage Collection ”“ Photo Library ”

Photo Librarysome scenes from Nobutaro Hara's railway journeys are told through various photographs, models, and more.

Third Exhibit Room “ Vintage Collection ”“ Photo Library ”

5Passage “ HO Gauge Models ”

This room is for special exhibitions and events. Please check "Event Information" on this site for details.

Passage “ HO Gauge Models ”

6Exhibit of actual railway nameplates and controllers

This exhibit shows a small selection from Hara's collection.

Exhibit of actual railway nameplates and controllers

7Secret of Hara Models, Model Studio

This exhibit provides easy-to-understand explanations about the technologies used in Hara's models. Look at the explanations through a window designed to resemble that of a carriage from the Orient Express. This is a recreation of the model studio in Hara's own home.

Secret of Hara Models, Model Studio

The Model studio

Secret of Hara Models, Model Studio

The model studio in Hara's home

8Ichiban Tetumo Park

This is a large-scale diorama on which gauge one model trains run, including steam and electric locomotives and trolley cars. A viewing platform with seats has been included so that visitors can take in the entire layout, one of the world's largest indoor dioramas.
Enjoy the realistic scenes like those of actual trains running in a town.

Ichiban Tetumo Park
Ichiban Tetumo Park
Ichiban Tetumo Park

9Yokohama Diorama

This HO gauge layout recreates the scene of Yokohama in the past and the present.
It recreates the cityscape around Yokohama with elements such as the scene around old Yokohama Station (present-day Sakuragicho Station) as well as Bashamichi and Chinatown areas.

Yokohama Diorama