Hara Model Railway Museum

Hara Model Railway Museum © PIXTA

About the Hara Model Railway Museum

The Hara Model Railway Museum is a railway museum located in Yokohama City. The museum focuses around model railways collected from Japan, Europe, and America by model railway creator and collector Hara Nobutaro as well as Mr. Hara’s very own model railway that he built.

The exhibits at the museum aim to introduce the culture and history of railways to visitors through the models. The dioramas in the museum have been made out of iron in order to be as close to reality as possible, and there is real electric current flowing through the overhead wires on the models. They also offer programs where you can experience what it would be like to ride on the train. By using cameras attached to the train you can enjoy the scenery as if you were really riding on the model train.

The general open hours of the museum are from 11:00~18:00 (final admissions at 17:30), from 8/1 ~ 8/31 the hours are from 10:00~18:00 (final admissions at 17:30). The museum is normally closed on Tuesdays but during the period of 7/15 ~8/31 the museum is open 7 days a week. The entry fee is 1000 yen per adult, 700 yen per middle/high school student, and children 4 years or older are 500 yen each.


The Hara Model Railway Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Yokohama Mitsui Building. To get to the Yokohama Mitsui Building, take the Yokohama Railway Minato Mirai Line to Shin-Takashima Station and from there it is a 2 minute walk to the building. Additionally, from JR Yokohama Station it is a 5 minute walk to the building. 

Description: Hara Model Railway Museum

Sights Hara Model Railway Museum (原鉄道模型博物館)
Address 1-1-2 Mitsui Building, Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0011
Phone / Fax Phone: 045-640-6699
Duration 2Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Hara Model Railway Museum