HARA Model Railway Museum, Nishi

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The Hara Model Railway Museum is a model railway museum in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan, which opened on 10 July 2012. Managed by Mitsui Fudosan, the museum houses the extensive collection of model trains built and amassed by the Japanese model railway enthusiast. The museum covers an area of approximately 1,700 m², with the display area covering an area of approximately 1,200 m².ExhibitsApproximately 1,000 items from Hara's private collection of more than 6,000 model railway items are on display. The centrepiece of the museum is a 30-metre x 10 metre diorama called which features "1 gauge" (45 mm gauge) model trains from around the world, and has approximately 450 metres of track. The layout features working overhead power lines to power trains via their pantographs. The collection also includes the original models of Thomas the Tank Engine and several of his friends from the production of Thomas & Friends prior to 2009, some of which occasionally operate on the layout.Exhibits on display include models in 1 gauge (45 mm gauge, 1/32 scale), 0 gauge, and H0 gauge.HistoryThe museum was unveiled to the news media on 20 June 2012 ahead of its public opening on 10 July.Nobutaro HaraThe owner of the collection, Nobutaro Hara, was born in Tokyo on 4 April 1919, and built his first model train at the age of 13. He studied mechanical engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. After World War II, Hara worked as a development engineer for the office equipment company. In his spare time, he continued to build and collect model trains, travelling to some 380 different countries and building up a collection of over 6,000 items. Over the years, he received a number of invitations from museums to exhibit his models, but always refused. He finally agreed to lend part of his collection to Mitsui Fudosan because the museum was located in Yokohama, the terminal of Japan's first railway, from Shimbashi in Tokyo. Hara died on 5 July 2014 at the age of 95.
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  • as i know,it is a biggest train model museum in japan,and it build the Sakuragichō eki station with day and night mode it has playground for the kids and they can see the train travelling in the...  more »
  • Celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the birth of famed modeller Hara Notaburo. This exhibition is outstanding. It shows the skills and dedication of a railway engineer. The design of models is...  more »
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  • Excellent place... especially if you’re into model trains. Went during the weekday and it was super quiet. If you’re able to sign up for a slot to drive the simulator... do so!! The staff was super nice and helpful as well.
  • Went there to kill boredom on a rainy day. We absolutely loved it, even my wife who is not even interested at all in model trains. Kids (2 and 5) loved it. First a couple of rooms with lots of beautiful models on display, then a massive layout, complete with lighting that change to represent day, sunset, night, sunrise and so on, and lots of different trains travelling through it. And a smaller one of modern Yokohama, equally beautiful. There is also a room where small kids can play. Definitely recommended.
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