Nagoya Museums: Toyota Automobile Museum
Toyota Automobile Museum トヨタ博物館
The Toyota Automobile Museum is a fascinating showcase for locally-based Toyota Corporation showing the history of the world's cars and one of the best museums in Nagoya.
Toyota Automobile Museum has exhibits of European and American cars on its second floor and Japanese cars on the third floor. The displays are carefully themed with sections dedicated to historic automobiles, luxury cars and mass production models. The Japanese section has high performance sports cars, as well as general Japanese cars from 1930 onwards. In all there are 60 cars from Europe and North America and 60 automobiles from Japan including Toyota, Nissan and other Japanese auto makers.
The models on display are beautifully maintained and lit and the buildings are spacious as you stroll the exhibits. Text explanations are presented in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Hour-long guided tours are available twice daily.
In addition to the main museum, there is a fascinating annex, which contains over 2,000 "cultural goods" detailing the social history of Japan from around the beginnings of the 20th century to the 1970s: album covers, household items (TVs, comics, fridges, cameras, clothes) as well as more cars, motorbikes and other vehicles.
Toyota Automobile Museum opened in 1989 and has a growing collection of around 120 cars including such names as Alpha Romeo, Austin, Baker, Benz, Buick, Cadillac, Chevolet, Citroen, Datsun, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Lancia, Mercedes, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Renault, Rolls Royce, Toyota, and Volswagen. The annex opened in 1999.
Additional facilities at the Toyota Automobile Museum include a restaurant called AVIEW, cafeteria, kids' room, research library, the Rene Lalique Car Mascot Gallery and museum shop.
Toyota Automobile Museum
From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line (yellow) to Fujigaoka, then transfer to the Linimo (Tobu Kyuryo Line) and get off at Geidai Dori Station. Turn left out of the station and you will see the museum ahead of you, a five minute walk. Alternatively there are buses from Fujigaoka.
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