Usui Tōge Railway Village

Central Honshū

Fans of the iron horse will love this rail graveyard–locomotive museum, with rolling stock, stations, carriages, simulators and years of Japanese rail history in a lovely rural setting. Take the train from Takasaki to Yokokawa Station (¥500, 30 minutes), the end of the Shinetsu main line.

For self-drivers, the park is also within easy reach of Karuizawa (22km).

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