Railway Exhibition for Japan-UK Cooperation:
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the ‘Choshu Five’ in the UK

11-21 October 2013

Open weekdays 09:30-17:30
Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy

The Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the “Choshu Five” in the UK. In commemoration of this, the Embassy of Japan, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Council for Global Promotion of Railway (CGPR) and Japan Railway Technical Service (JARTS) present a special railway exhibition.


Japan-UK cooperation relating to railways dates back to 1863, when Masaru Inoue, “The Father of Japanese Railways”, came from Japan to study in the UK. At the exhibition you can find panels explaining historical stories, such as the establishment of the Japanese Railway in 1872 under the guidance of UK engineer Edmund Morel, as well as on current and future Japanese trains such as Shinkansen and maglev trains. The exhibition also features N Gauge models of those modern trains.

Locomotive No 1, the first to operate in Japan (Imported from the UK)
 ©The Railway Museum Japan

Celebrating the launch of the Series 0 Shinkansen train (October 1964)
©The Railway Museum Japan

Superconducting Maglev
©Central Japan Railway Company. All rights reserved.
The Japanese Railway Society in the UK will also exhibit prints of the early days of the Japanese Railway in the next room.