Bound for Glory

The sounds of a steam whistle and a puffing train can evoke another era. At Museum Meiji-Mura, tel: (81-568) 670 314, they take you to one. Set outside Inayuma, near Nagoya in central Japan, the open-air museum park comprises a collection of splendid, century-old buildings rescued from demolition, linked by historic train and trolley cars.

"We are arriving in Tokyo station!" announced the conductor of an 1874 Sharp, Stewart & Co. locomotive chugging through the museum grounds. For a moment, it was easy to believe him—not least because we were staring at a onetime icon of...

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