Omiya Things to Do
I thought I'd add this to my previous tip, as this outdoor area is great for kids and my 2 year old loved it.
I really recommend the Railway Museum for people visiting the greater Tokyo area with small children.
Trains are very much part of the fabric of life in Japan, and Japan has a very extensive railway network.
It's no surprise then that such a museum exists. In fact it was reopened on this sprawling site several years back.
You'll see a variety of trains from different eras, and there is quite a display on the history of the railroad in Japan and elsewhere.
It is very kid friendly, and there are tons of them there.
There is a lot more English language commentary than when I first visited, so more accessible than it was for non-Japanese speakers.
Entrance is 1000 yen for adults, and 500 yen for children.
(last date visited - July 16, 2007)
Flee Market @ Keyaki Hiroba
1. Utsuwa - from 500 Yen to 300 Yen
2. Osake cups - from 1,000 Yen to 500 Yen
3. Origami - (7 sets) - from 350 Yen to 300 yen
4. Key holders - (10 pcs) - from 300 Yen to 250 YenRelated to:
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1-7-5 Sakuragi-Cho,Saitama-Shi, Saitama-Shi, Omiya
Good for: Couples
In the railway museum there are some cafes and so on, but these were incredibly busy when we visited.
Assuming that was the case, we went looking in the general vicinity before we actually entered the museum, and found Skylark around 5 minutes walk away. It's a family restaurant chain, where you can expect to have a decent lunch for around 1000 yen or so. There's a fair range of Japanese and Western dishes to choose from.
The New Shuttle runs to the museum, one stop from Omiya station, with the one way fare being 180 yen.
It does resemble a monorail a bit, although is not quite one.
Omiya Station is a very busy station, and has a lot of different services to different places.
All the bullet train services headed North and West from Tokyo stop at Omiya, specifically the Tohoku, Niigata and Nagano Shinkansen services, although it's close enough to Tokyo to just use local trains anyway. If you were heading to Tokyo from those places on the shinkansen, then it would be a good place to stop.
From Tokyo, depending on what part of the city you are coming from, various lines will take you to Omiya, including the Keihin-Tohoku, Saikyo and Utsunomiya lines.
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