While transport-related conventions and exhibitions would have an obvious tie-in with the Kyoto Railway Museum, the interactive nature of the exhibits means it would appeal to a far broader range of potential users.
Concept The spacious Kyoto Railway Museum showcases Japanâ€™s railway technology from the late 1800s to the modern day. Exhibits include the newest-generation 500 Series bullet train, and visitors are encouraged to get hands-on and explore the displays.
They canÂ go into the driversâ€™ compartments of a number of steam locomotives, drive scale replicas of trains through cityscapes, and operate a video-based train simulator. Eight of the steam engines can also be ridden by visitors.
For anyone feeling more energetic, the museum has a pedal-powered inspection vehicle that can be operated on a length of track.
MICE application The museum offers a fascinating â€“ and unconventional â€“ backdrop for business gatherings. At least four areas can be used for receptions, sit-down meals or presentations, or a combination of all such functions.
The Promenade is a sheltered area designed to resemble a train station, with a C62 steam locomotive, Series 80 train and the very first Shinkansen bullet train all pulled up at the platform. This space area is ideal for receptions or banquets for up to 1,000 people, while the interior of one of the trains can be used for smaller gatherings.
The adjoining Inner Garden has tables on the grass and, while more compact, is a pleasant outdoors spot for social parties.
Between the turntable and the roundhouse, which is home to 20 of the museumâ€™s most important exhibits, is an outdoor area that can be used for larger events.
Another space planners can consider is on the fourth floor, between a train diorama and a track that visitors can use to drive model trains.
The museum works closely with outside caterers.
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