Located close to Kinjofuto Station, the terminal stop on the Aonami Line from Nagoya Station, the SCMaglev and Railway Park is operated by JR Central and teaches visitors about the development of high speed rail in Japan and displays a number of trains including steam locomotives from the past, world record setting bullet trains and of course, the latest maglev trains.
There are 39 train cars on display, most of which can be entered and explored and there are many exhibits explaining the trains’ operation and maintenance. On the second floor of the museum there are many hands on exhibits, which are aimed at younger visitors.
Among the more popular exhibits are the train driving simulators, which include bullet trains and conventional trains and there’s also the opportunity to experience the duties of other train crew. Note that there are small additional charges for the simulators and reservations should be made in advance at the information desk.
An English audio guide is available to rent for 500 yen; this provides detailed explanations of all of the museum exhibits.
The journey from Naogoya station takes about 25 minutes and costs 350 Yen. Note that the Aonami Line is not covered by the Japan Railpass.