See locomotives and learn about the history of the railway

Tsuyama Railway Museum

railway museum
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Located north of Okayama City, the Tsuyama Railway Museum is the home of the second largest semi-circular railway roundhouse in Japan. The roundhouse, where the locomotives are stored, was built in 1936 as a section of the Tsuyama Locomotive Depot. Initially it had 17 storage tracks, but only 11 remain today. There are 13 rolling stock exhibits, with steam (including the D51) and diesel locomotives, 9 of which are from the former Modern Transportation Museum in Osaka. The museum, which offers insights into the history of the railway and its influence on social development, opened in April 2016, and is operated by the West Japan Railway Company.


Tsuyama is a city in central Okayama Prefecture with a population of around 100,000. Nestled in the Chugoku Mountain Range, the natural environment compliments the city’s rich architectual history. The Yoshii River, which runs through the city, had long been the central artery connecting the town to the outside world. Today, it has developed a new importance as a place where locals go to unwind and celebrate.

Tsuyama was a castle town for centuries but after the Meiji Restoration the city’s castle met the same fate as many throughout Japan and was dismantled. Despite this, the city retains the charm of a a typical castle town with visitors flocking to its ruins.

Kakuzan Park surrounds the castle grounds and his said to be the best place for cherry blossom viewing in all of Okayama. Though this may be the case, the park is truly magnificent no matter what the season.

Another visual wonder is Shurakuen Garden, which was designed to resemble the gardens of Kyoto. It was completed in the mid-17th century and captures nature in its idyllic form. The steady disappearance of these gardens throughout Japan inspires visitors to appreciate this gem in Tsuyama. Visitors who enjoy gardens will also enjoy the Chohoji Temple in spring; Chojoji is also known as “The Hydrangea Temple”, and its garden comes into full bloom in June with over 3500 blooming specimens.

The Jotomachinami Historical Preservation Area is a fine area to stroll in year-round, and visitors will enjoy seeing this authentically preserved merchant street. And if you enjoy natural spots, stop by Nondaki Waterfall; this beautiful fall is 50 meters high and looks like white silk falling over the rocks. It is surrounded by green forest for the perfect minus-ion relaxation.


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