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Get an up-close look at the latest in car technology during a 90-minute tour of Nissan's Oppama plant, one of the country's largest plants. Electric and e-POWER-equipped vehicles are built at this sprawling facility.

Quick Facts

The tours are only available in Japanese, so interpreters are needed

The tours are usually held twice a day in the morning and afternoon for individual and group visitors

The tour involves walking alongside the production line for about 20 minutes

Depending on participant numbers, you may be grouped with other visitors

How to Get There

Oppama Station is about a 25-minute train ride from Yokohama Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line. Getting from Oppama Station to the plant requires a 20-minute walk.

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Size and technology

A 5-minute video presentation kicks off the tour. You will be given a brief but interesting introduction to the plant and its activities, including its size, more than 1.7 million square meters; its number of employees, more than 3,000; and its methods of manufacturing, which use the latest technology and delivery systems to avoid wasting materials and time. It takes around 24 hours to build a car from start to finish.

Ready for the world

The tour includes a trip to the wharf area, where cars are loaded on ships for delivery to other ports in Japan and overseas. If you are lucky, you will see the professional drivers load the cars on the ships at a pace of 100 cars an hour, parking them only 10 centimeters apart.

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The visit to the assembly line is the highlight of the tour. The Oppama Plant became the first in Japan to use robots on the production line when it introduced welding robots in 1970. The robots are still an amazing sight to see as they twist and rotate with the precision and grace of an automated ballet.

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Top 20 factory tours in Japan

There’s nothing worse that getting stuck on a guided tour going through room upon room of humdrum displays while a sleepy-eyed guide rambles on about nothing important. To save us all from making the mistake of going on a boring tour, Trip Advisor Japan compiled a list of the best factory tours in the country. Results are ranked according to the most talked about museums and factories on their website. As you might expect, over half of the best tours involve alcohol.

1. Instant Ramen Museum (Osaka)

Visitors can not only view the history of instant ramen, but also try their hand at making Chicken Ramen from scratch in a 90-minute workshop that costs only 500 yen. Visitors can also choose to make their own Cup Noodles for 300 yen. English audio guides are available for videos shown in the Research Shack and Cup Noodle Drama Theatre.

2. Nuchi-masu Salt Factory (Uruma City, Okinawa)

Nuchi-masu is a salt made in Okinawa that is so rich in minerals, it was in the Guinness World Records in 2000. Nuchi-masu is made entirely of Okinawan seawater taken from the Pacific Ocean and visitors of the salt factory can view and experience the making of this natural seasoning.

3. Nikka Whiskey Distillery (Yoichi City, Hokkaido)

Self-guided tours and guided-tours in Japanese are conducted daily. The best part is that visitors can taste three different types of whiskey for free.

4. Orion Beer Factory (Nago City, Okinawa)

Lesser known Orion beer can be sampled during your visit to Okinawa at the Orion Beer Factory.

5. Kawasaki Good Times World (Kobe City, Hyogo)

With a name like that, it’s got to be a good tour. Visitors to Kawasaki Good Times World are treated to a showcase of technology made by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group including ships, rolling stock, aircraft, and motorcycles.

6. Suntory Musashino Factory (Fuchu City, Tokyo)

Enjoy free samples of beer here…and tours and other stuff, but mostly free samples.

7. Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (Shimamoto Town, Osaka)

Enjoy free Yamazaki Whiskey here.

8. Chateraise (Hokuto City, Yamanashi)

Chateraise is a natural sweets and gifts company in Yamanashi Prefecture. Enjoy a tour of the ice cream making facilities as well as sweet samples.

9. Toyota Technology Museum (Nagoya City, Aichi)

The Toyota Technology Museum boasts over 4,000 exhibition pieces in their Nagoya-based building.

10. Suntory Kyoto Beer Factory (Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto)

Enjoy those free samples.

11. Asahi Beer Factory (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka)

This isn’t even the last alcohol-based tour on our list…

12. Suntory Tomi No Oka Winery (Kai City, Yamanashi)

For wine lovers.

13. Kirin Yokohama Beer Village (Yokohama City, Kanagawa)

Keep scrolling for more beer tour options.

14. Unagi Pie Factory (Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka)

Unagi Pies are a famous Hamamatsu City confectionery. After touring the factory, visitors are invited to try original ice cream creations using Unagi Pies.

15. Sapporo Beer Museum (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

16. Suntory Hakushu Distillery (Hakuto City, Yamanashi)

17. Tokachi Winery (Tokachi City, Hokkaido)

18. Shiroi Koibito Park (Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

Enjoy sampling Hokkaido’s famous treat at the Shiroi Koibito Park.

19. Royce Chocolate World (Chitose City, Hokkaido)

Royce Chocolate World is in the New Chitose Airport. It is the first chocolate factory and museum located in an airport. 20. Cup Noodle Museum (Yokohama City, Kanagawa)

View 3,000 different packages of ramen and enjoy making your own at the Cup Noodle Museum.

There you have it, the top 20 factory tours in Japan starting and ending with ramen. Of the 20 factories listed, 11 are related to alcohol and five are located in Hokkaido. Suntory seems to hold great tours if the company’s five spots in the top 20 are any indication. But the lesson to take away from this list is that no matter where you go in Japan you’ll be able to find a factory tour giving out free alcohol. Happy drinking!

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Harry_Gatto June 6, 2013 08:42 am JST

Suntory and Nikka make whisky, not whiskey.

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nicolls June 6, 2013 10:00 am JST

it's all food.

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JetSpeed June 6, 2013 11:05 am JST

Bunch of damn drunks.

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davestrousers June 6, 2013 11:37 am JST

Asahi Beer Factory (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka)

There are 8 Asahi Beer factories offering tours dotted around Japan. Any particular reason this one makes the top 20?

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nath June 11, 2013 02:39 pm JST

@ dave because Kyushu was ill represented in this list.

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Matt McCormick Oct. 1, 2013 06:50 am JST

The Sapporo beer museum doesn't do tours anymore. I was there two months ago and was disappointed going there. Basically it's just a room where you can see a couple vats and read about the history (only in Japanese)

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Toyota is Japan's and the world's largest automobile manufacturer. Read about touring a Toyota manufacturing plant and the Toyota Kaikan Museum.

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It is the world's largest automaker and is talked about in universities the world over for its innovative approaches to manufacturing. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki-gaisha), headquartered in Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture (capital: Nagoya ), is well worth a visit by anyone interested in automobiles, engineering, manufacturing and technology.

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World famous terms from the Toyota Production System like kaizen (continuous improvement), jidoka (automation and humans together), poka-yoke (fail-safing) and just-in-time all come to life on the tour. The tour begins at the bus terminus outside the Toyota Kaikan Museum that is on the campus of the global headquarters. You journey by luxury motor coach for about 20 minutes to the Tsutsumi Assembly Plant (one of 12 plants in Toyota City).

Toyota assembly line

The plant is an expansive campus and the journey in the motor coach will take you through a large part of it. The first point is the tour of the assembly line. On my visit they were busy filling an order for 120,000 third generation Prius's Toyota's flagship hybrid automobile. The line also produces the Camry, Premio, Allion, Wish and Scion tC but they numbered few compared to the Prius. The tour takes you over a bridged walkway that passes through the ceiling rafters adjacent to automated conveyors. You get a birds-eye-view of everything. Jidoka is the main theme in the assembly area humans and machines working together. Auto assembly is still labor intensive but it is a lot more efficient than before.

Toyota Kaikan, Aichi, Japan.

Toyoto welding shop

The second point of the tour is the welding shop. This is where all of the metallic parts of the body are assembled and welded together. The thing you will notice most about the welding shop is the lack of people and the dense population of robotic apparatus applying exact welds to every seam of the vehicle. The welding shop is the scene you see in books and on television that typify the advanced processes of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

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Toyota Corp HQ, Toyota, Aichi.

Auto assembly at the plant is in four stages. The welding and assembly shops are stages two and four respectively. Stage one is the stamping process where they take rolled steel and form it into body parts. Stage three is the painting process. Stages one and three are not part of the tour for practical reasons. The stamping takes place in large enclosed machines and the painting takes place in booths and tunnels. Neither is conducive to sightseeing.

Toyota Kaikan Museum

Following the tour of the assembly and welding shops guests are returned to the Toyota Kaikan Museum by motor coach. On my, tour this time was spent as a session where guests asked the tour guide a range of questions that she carefully answered.

The Toyota Kaikan Museum is a large facility that features a show room with all the latest models from both Toyota and Lexus. You can learn more about the Toyota Production System, the history, technology and future plans. After all of the touring, you're probably in need of a snack so you can enjoy the Starbucks Coffee and outdoor seating area. There is no better way to complete your tour with a browse of the gift shop where you will find original Toyota merchandise some of it is not badly priced.

Toyota Kaikan, Aichi, Japan.

Toyota tour details

Free tours are offered in English by the Toyota Motor Corporation Monday through Friday starting at 11:00 AM. All tours start and end at the Toyota Kaikan Museum, 1 Toyota-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, 471-0826.

Guests need to arrive by 10:30 AM. Phone +81 565 29 3355 for more information or visit toyota.co.jp and find information under the 'corporate responsibility' tab. Advanced reservations are necessary. My recommendation is to make your own way to Toyota Kaikan Museum (maps and directions available on the Toyota website). The tours offered by travel agencies are a little over-priced but offer convenience to those who are not comfortable navigating their way off the beaten track.

Update: Toyota no longer accepts tours from "fee-based business courses group tours operated by travel companies, etc."

Other Toyota Museums in Nagoya are the Toyota Automobile Museum on the Linimo Line near Geidai Dori Station and the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology close to Sako Station not far from Nagoya Station.

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Are you an automotive enthusiast fascinated by the intricate manufacturing processes behind your favorite vehicles? If so, a visit to the Toyota factory in Nagoya, Japan is a must-do experience. As one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, Toyota offers free factory tours that provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their cutting-edge production facilities.

Located in the Aichi Prefecture, the Toyota factory offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness the meticulous craftsmanship and advanced technology that goes into creating their renowned automobiles. From the assembly line to the quality control stations, you’ll get an up-close view of how a car goes from raw materials to a finished product.

Whether you’re a car enthusiast, engineering student, or simply curious about the manufacturing process, the Toyota factory tour offers an educational and immersive experience. Witnessing the precision and efficiency of Toyota’s production methods can be both inspiring and eye-opening, leaving visitors with a newfound appreciation for the automotive industry.

Not only is the tour informative, but it also allows visitors to explore the rich history and legacy of Toyota. The company’s commitment to innovation and quality can be traced back to its roots, and the factory tour provides a deeper understanding of Toyota’s evolution over the years.

But before you rush off to book your Toyota factory tour, there are a few important details to consider. In the next sections, we’ll dive into the location, requirements, reservation process, tour schedule, and what you can expect from this unforgettable experience.

Location and Requirements

The Toyota factory is conveniently located in Nagoya, Japan, making it easily accessible for both domestic and international visitors. Nagoya is the capital city of Aichi Prefecture and is well-connected by various modes of transportation, including trains, buses, and flights.

To participate in the Toyota factory tour, there are a few requirements to keep in mind. First, all visitors must be at least 13 years old. While there is no upper age limit, it’s important to note that the tour involves walking and standing for extended periods, so a certain level of fitness and mobility is necessary.

Additionally, it is mandatory for all visitors to wear closed-toe shoes during the tour. This is to ensure safety standards are met in the factory environment. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing, as the tour can last up to two hours.

If you’re an international visitor, it’s important to note that the tour is conducted in Japanese. However, audio guides in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Korean, are available. These audio guides provide detailed explanations about the various stages of the production process, allowing non-Japanese speakers to fully engage with the tour.

When planning your visit, keep in mind that the Toyota factory tour is only available on weekdays. It’s always best to check the official Toyota website or contact the factory directly to verify the tour availability and timings.

Now that you’re familiar with the location and requirements, let’s move on to the next section: the reservation process. It’s important to secure your spot in advance, as the tour can be quite popular, especially during peak tourist seasons. So, let’s explore how to reserve your seat and secure your place on this exclusive tour.

Reservation Process

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, it is highly recommended to make a reservation for the Toyota factory tour. Reserving your spot in advance guarantees that you won’t miss out on this fascinating opportunity to witness automotive manufacturing at its finest.

The reservation process is straightforward and can be completed online through the official Toyota website. Simply visit their website and navigate to the factory tour section. There, you will find all the necessary information, including available dates, time slots, and requirements.

Once you have selected your preferred date and time, you will be prompted to provide some basic information, such as your name, contact details, and the number of people in your group. It’s important to double-check all the information before submitting your reservation to avoid any issues.

After completing the reservation process, you will receive a confirmation email containing your booking details. Make sure to save this email as you may be required to show it when checking in for the tour.

It’s worth noting that reservation slots can fill up quickly, especially during peak tourist seasons. It is advisable to book your tour well in advance to secure your desired date and time.

If you encounter any difficulties or have specific inquiries, you can reach out to the Toyota factory directly through the contact information provided on their website. Their helpful staff will assist you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the reservation process.

Now that you know how to reserve your spot for the Toyota factory tour, let’s move on to the next section: the tour schedule. Understanding the timings and duration of the tour will help you plan your visit accordingly.

Tour Schedule

The Toyota factory tour operates on weekdays, excluding public holidays. It is important to check the schedule in advance to ensure that the tour is available on your preferred date.

The tour schedule typically consists of several time slots throughout the day, allowing visitors to choose a time that best suits their itinerary. The duration of the tour is approximately two hours, including both the factory visit and a visit to the Toyota Museum.

It’s important to arrive at the Toyota factory at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. This will give you enough time to check-in, receive any necessary instructions, and prepare for the tour.

During the tour, you will be guided through different sections of the factory, where you can observe the various stages of automobile production. From the initial stamping and welding processes to the final assembly line, you’ll witness the intricate steps that transform raw materials into a fully functional vehicle.

Each stage of the production process is carefully explained, either by the guide or through the audio guide if you’ve chosen to use one. This allows you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing techniques employed by Toyota.

After the factory tour, visitors are given the opportunity to explore the Toyota Museum, located on the same premises. The museum showcases the history, innovations, and iconic models that have shaped Toyota’s success over the years. It’s a fantastic way to delve deeper into the legacy of one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers.

Remember, the tour schedule may be subject to change, so it’s always wise to double-check the official Toyota website or contact the factory for the most up-to-date information.

Now that you’re familiar with the schedule, it’s time to jump into the next section: the factory tour experience. Discover what you can expect during your visit to the Toyota factory.

Factory Tour Experience

The Toyota factory tour provides a captivating and immersive experience that allows visitors to witness the intricate workings of automotive manufacturing. From the moment you step foot inside the factory, you’ll be greeted with a sense of awe and fascination as you observe the state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated workers in action.

Guided by knowledgeable staff or using the provided audio guides, you’ll be taken through different sections of the factory where you’ll witness the production process firsthand. You’ll see automated machines and skilled professionals working together to create the components that make up a Toyota vehicle.

From the stamping and welding processes that shape the vehicle’s body to the assembly line where parts are meticulously put together, every step of the production process is carefully executed with precision and attention to detail.

Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about Toyota’s commitment to quality and innovation. You’ll gain insights into their world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS), which focuses on eliminating waste, improving efficiency, and continuously improving processes.

One of the highlights of the factory tour is witnessing the harmony between humans and robotics. Toyota has pioneered the use of advanced automation and robotics in their factories, and you’ll see firsthand how these technologies seamlessly integrate with human workers to optimize production.

The factory tour also emphasizes Toyota’s dedication to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. You’ll learn about their efforts to minimize environmental impact through energy conservation, waste reduction, and the use of eco-friendly materials.

As you explore the factory, don’t hesitate to ask questions and interact with the knowledgeable staff. They are always ready to share their expertise and provide further insight into the manufacturing processes.

After the factory tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Toyota Museum, where you can delve deeper into the company’s history, technological advancements, and iconic vehicles. The museum showcases a remarkable collection of automobiles, from classic models to the latest innovations.

Overall, the factory tour experience provides a unique and memorable opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship, technology, and innovation that go into creating a Toyota vehicle.

With the factory tour experience covered, let’s move on to the final section: the Toyota Museum. Learn more about what you can explore in this captivating museum.

Toyota Museum

Located within the premises of the Toyota factory, the Toyota Museum is a captivating destination that allows visitors to delve into the rich history and technological innovations of one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.

Upon entering the museum, you’ll be greeted by a collection of stunning vehicles that represent different eras and milestones in Toyota’s journey. From classic models that evoke nostalgia to cutting-edge prototypes that push the boundaries of automotive design, the museum showcases the evolution of Toyota’s craftsmanship and engineering excellence.

One of the highlights of the Toyota Museum is the opportunity to learn about the company’s founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, and his vision for creating reliable, high-quality vehicles. Through interactive exhibits and informative displays, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the Toyoda family’s legacy and the values that continue to drive Toyota’s success.

The museum also showcases Toyota’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Exhibits highlight the company’s efforts to develop eco-friendly technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, in response to the global call for more sustainable transportation solutions.

In addition to the vehicles on display, the Toyota Museum offers a wealth of information on the company’s research and development initiatives, safety innovations, and engineering prowess. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to explore the inner workings of engines, experiment with aerodynamics, and get hands-on with cutting-edge features.

For those interested in the future of mobility, the museum provides a glimpse into Toyota’s concepts and prototypes that push the boundaries of transportation. From self-driving cars to advanced connectivity features, you’ll witness how Toyota continues to innovate and shape the future of mobility.

As you explore the Toyota Museum, take your time to appreciate the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, and the passion that goes into every Toyota vehicle. From iconic sedans and SUVs to sporty coupes and rugged trucks, the museum showcases the diverse range of vehicles that have earned Toyota its global reputation for quality and reliability.

Before concluding your visit to the Toyota Museum, make sure to stop by the gift shop where you can find a wide range of Toyota merchandise, including miniature vehicle models, apparel, and collectibles.

With the Toyota Museum tour complete, you’ve now experienced the full wonder of the Toyota factory tour in Nagoya, Japan. The combination of the factory tour and the museum visit provides a comprehensive understanding of Toyota’s heritage, manufacturing processes, and commitment to excellence.

Now you’re equipped with all the information you need to plan your visit and make the most out of your time in Nagoya. Whether you’re a car enthusiast, engineering student, or simply curious about the world of automotive manufacturing, the Toyota factory tour and museum visit promise an unforgettable experience.

So, don’t miss the chance to witness the precision, innovation, and legacy that make Toyota a global leader in the automotive industry. Book your tour, explore the factory, immerse yourself in the museum, and embark on a journey through the rich history and future possibilities of Toyota.

The Toyota factory tour and museum visit in Nagoya, Japan offer a remarkable opportunity to witness firsthand the precision, innovation, and legacy that have made Toyota a global leader in the automotive industry. From the intricate manufacturing processes of the factory tour to the rich history and technological advancements showcased in the museum, this experience promises to leave a lasting impression on visitors.

By taking part in the Toyota factory tour, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship, technology, and dedication required to produce high-quality vehicles. From the initial stages of stamping and welding to the final assembly line, you’ll witness the meticulous attention to detail and the fusion of human expertise with advanced automation.

The tour also provides valuable insights into Toyota’s commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. You’ll learn about their efforts to minimize environmental impact through energy conservation, waste reduction, and the use of eco-friendly materials, further enhancing your appreciation for the company’s responsible and forward-thinking approach to manufacturing.

The visit to the Toyota Museum offers a chance to explore the rich history, technological innovations, and future possibilities of Toyota. From classic models that have shaped the automotive industry to cutting-edge prototypes that showcase the company’s engineering prowess, the museum provides a comprehensive overview of Toyota’s journey and its impact on the global automotive landscape.

Whether you’re a car enthusiast, engineering student, or simply curious about the world of automotive manufacturing, the Toyota factory tour and museum visit in Nagoya are an absolute must-do. So, plan your visit in advance, make your reservation, and prepare to be amazed by the precision, innovation, and legacy that define Toyota.

Remember to check the official Toyota website for the most up-to-date information on tour availability and schedule. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes to ensure a pleasant experience during the factory tour, and don’t forget to explore the gift shop at the Toyota Museum for unique souvenirs to commemorate your visit.

Embark on an incredible journey through the past, present, and future of Toyota, and gain a newfound appreciation for the craftsmanship, technology, and legacy behind one of the world’s most renowned automotive manufacturers.


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The utlimade guide to mazda factory tours

How to Take the Free Mazda Factory Tour Japan

Japan is famous for its factory tours.  One of the best that we visited was the Mazda Factory Tour at the head office in Hiroshima.  The Mazda Factory is located just a 6 minute train ride from Hiroshima and is very easy to get to.  The Mazda Tour includes a guided tour around the Hiroshima Mazda Museum, then a bus trip through the plant.  The visit also includes a tour of active production lines.  All in all it’s a superb visit and a great free thing to do in Japan, for us it was the best of the Japan car factory tours.


How to Book the Mazda Factory Tour Japan

Tours of the Mazda Japan Factory occur daily in both English and Japanese.  There are no tours on weekends or company holidays.  Tour times do change, but as of August 2023 the Japanese tour begins at 09:15 and the English tour begins at 14:15.  Both tours will take about 2 hours.

The Mazda Hiroshima tours are free, but you must book in advance as there are limited tickets.  You can make Mazda Museum Reservations via telephone or email Mazda Museum reservations  on the Mazda website.

How Many People Are on a Mazda Factory Tour?

At the Mazda Hiroshima plant the maximum capacity is 45 per tour.  Groups of more than 11 will get their own tour.

Mazda Factory Tour Times

At the Mazda plant Japan, English tours happen at 14:15, Japanese tours are at 09:15.  Pre registration is a requirement on the Mazda website.

Where Is the Mazda Factory Japan?

The Mazda Factory in Japan is located 5 minute walk from the JR Mukainada Station, close to Hiroshima.  This is Mazda’s head office building.

The Mazda factory Tour is one of our essential things to do in Hiroshima – find out the other Hiroshima Essentials here.

How to get to the Mazda Factory in Hiroshima

Mazda factory japan map.

Mazda Factory Japan Location Map

How to get a Train to Hiroshima Mazda Factory

  • Take a train from  Hiroshima Station.
  • The train should be eastbound on the Sanyo or Kure line.
  • Trains depart every 15 minutes. Express trains do NOT stop here.
  • Disembark at Mukainada Station.
  • The train journey is about 6 minutes.
  • Walk 5 minutes from the south exit.  There are signposts.
  • The train is covered on the JR Pass or costs 190 yen.

The best way to travel around Japan is by train – and you can save a fortune on train travel in Japan by buying the JR Pass BEFORE you get to Japan. You can buy the JR Pass from a number of outlets. We recommend: Get your JR Pass from KLOOK here. – estimate 2 weeks for delivery of the exchange order Buy a JR Pass from JRAILPASS here – get it Fedexed within 24-48 hours to any location including a Fedex office or your hotel in Japan.

How to get a Bus to Hiroshima Mazda Factory

  • From Hiroshima Station take bus 11, 12 or 13 via Mukainada-eki mae (Mazda-honsha mae).
  • Disembark at Mukainada-eki mae (Mazda-honsha mae).
  • The bus journey is about 15 minutes.

Mazda Museum Hiroshima History

Since 1931 Mazda has been producing automobiles in Hiroshima. Born the Toyo Cork Kogyo company in 1920, the company’s main plant is here in Hiroshima.  It has 3 plants and 4 proving grounds in Japan.  There are a further 15 sites worldwide that produced a total of 1.29 million cars in the 2021.

Mazda Factory Tour – What to Expect.

There were about 25 of us on the English speaking tour and the excellent Ms Yamamoto took us on the 90 minute trip.  The Hiroshima Mazda Factory tour also includes Mazda museum access.

First of all there’s a bus, which is an Isuzu, as Mazda don’t make buses. It takes you on the 10 minute journey from the head office to the Mazda car museum.

Mazda’s plant is huge, and runs 33 buses for employees and visitors across the plant.  The plant includes its own energy generating plant and four waste water treatment plants.  There’s housing for single workers, plus there’s a bridge that is used ONLY by Mazda.

We start with a 10 minute corporate video that tells us that the founder didn’t celebrate his 70th birthday as it fell on 6 August 1945, the day the Atomic Bomb dropped.  We also learn that following the dropping of the atomic bomb, the plant was up and running with production of three wheeled trucks within 4 months.

It’s a lovely corporate video with history, corporate information and a vision that has me drinking the Kool Aid as we head into the museum. There are other groups here including lots of school groups.  However, while we’re in the museum and in the assembly line, there’s only our group, so you don’t feel crowded.

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Then as we’re given a little of the history of Mazda, we get to see some of the historic models.

What to see at the Mazda Car Museum Hiroshima

There’s a three wheeled truck produced in 1935 – the first was produced in 1931.  We see the first four seater car, the R360 Coupe, to the glorious Cosmo Sport 110S and the ubiquitous MX5.

Mazda R360 Coupe on Factory tour

The First Japanese Car to win Le Mans

We get to see the actual first Japanese car – the 787B – that won the Le Mans race in 1991, with a rotary engine.  There’s the history and development of the rotary engine, produced between 1967 and 2012.

It’s not been copied by any other auto manufacturer says Mazda. It’s no longer in production, but research continues, Ms Yamamoto tells us.

Mazda Engine on factory tour

Production Displays at the Mazda Museum Japan

There’s a display on the clay models that are made, and a full size plastic model. We get to see the stamping process as a display.  Then we see the painting steps and then the bit that we’ve all been waiting for – the final assembly line. We’re not expecting much, but WOW.

Clay Model on Mazda factory tour

The Mazda Factory Japan Assembly Line

We get to spend around 20 minutes in the final assembly area.  There are no photos allowed to be taken here.  While it’s nowhere near long enough, it’s a lot longer than we were expecting. First of all, we are above the production line and we’re seeing cars move slowly below us, having boot liners and ceiling liners fitted. One worker isn’t happy with the fitting of the roof aerial and spends time calling over a supervisor and sorting it out.

Then we move on and we see the glue attached (by robots) to the windscreen and the rear windscreen. Then as we move (as slowly as possible) we can just see the windscreen being lowered in and pressed firmly onto the car.

We’re alongside a gorgeous dark blue colored MX5 that we’re seeing being put together as she slowly trundles along the line. We arrive at the end of this row and she’s lifted up by a hoist under the bodywork.  Four-wheel cradles slide under the wheels.  The hoist moves so that she’s sitting in the wheel cradles.  She turns the corner as we do, and hangs above another worker, who immediately takes to her underside.

The production line is for up to four different models of cars, so there are Mazda 3’s on here and our lonely, lovely MX5. The production line here is up to 1.2km long and a car can go from end to end in 15 hours.

Completed Cars at Mazda

We move on and see the buildings where up to 7,000 finished cars can be stored before they are loaded onto a ship sitting here at Mazda’s own port.  Cars are shipped domestically and around the world from here.  Then we head back down the stairs, to say goodbye to the MX5 and we head back into the museum area.

Here now, where we’re again allowed to take photos, as we weren’t either on the bus, or in the assembly line, we see the Takine concept car.  There’s also the dual fuel RX7, ready for gasoline or hydrogen, and a Mazda electric car.

Mazda concept cars of the future

Leaving Japan with Our Own Mazda

We have a final few minutes in the museum assembly area.  The groups of kids show off their English and wish us all a hearty ‘Hello”.  Finally, as we board the bus to return to Head Office we’re given our own Mazda car to assemble.

Plastic Mazda toy for home assembly

Like Factory Tours in Japan?

If you’re a fan of factory tours and are in Japan, then you should also take a look at:

  • The Toyota Factory Tour – HISTORIC OVERVIEW, currently closed
  • The Cup Noodle Tour
  • The Asahi Brewery Tour

Book your Mazda Tour (English language website)

Where to stay to visit the mazda factory tour hiroshima.

It’s easy to base yourself in Hiroshima and visit the Mazda Tour Hiroshima – stay near the train station for easy access, or grab a budget option in the city centre.  Here are our recommendations.

APA Hotel Hiroshima-Ekimae Ohashi

732-0828 Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Minami-ku Kyobashicho 2-26, Japan

Very close to the train station (there is a covered walkway) there’s  24 hour reception and luggage storage here.

  • Great location
  • Flat Screen TV with BBC World News
  • Fridge & Kettle in each room
  • Private bathrooms and spacious public baths too
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Book your room now and lock in this fabulous location

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima

732-0822 Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Minami-ku Matsubaracho 1-5, Japan

Directly connected to the train station, this hotel gives you 6 restaurants, all rooms with Wi-Fi and air conditioning.  There are also karaoke rooms if you want to indulge.

  • Buffet breakfast available
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi in all rooms.
  • Fridge and private bathroom in all rooms

Get a great price and book your room now!

Hostel Mallika

730-0811 Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku Nakajima-cho 9-5, Japan

Great location by the Peace Memorial Park, this is a superb location close to the city centre.  There’s free Wi-Fi throughout this budget option which has shared bathrooms.

  • Shared bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi throughout
  • Slippers and Free toiletries
  • Beds have reading lights, table, electric socket and fan.

There’s a kitchen and coffee machine as well as a shared lounge plus a free breakfast is served here too.

Great budget option in the city – book your bed now!

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Final Words on the Free Mazda Factory Tour in Japan

We had factory tours on our Japan bucket list and doing this free Mazda Factory Tour was a fabulous way to check that off. It was a fabulous factory tour. And so, so easy to get to, just a few minutes train ride from Hiroshima. The tour guide we had was fabulous, and the factory itself was fascinating. It’s well worth coming to, and a great place to visit.

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We read that the mazda museum will be close from january 2020 to june2020 .We have a reservation to april. Will it be possible to go the tour to the factory without visiting the museum?

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I just read the update on their website and from that I’d say that the tours will be cancelled as well. I’ve also attempted to make a reservation and there is no availability for the time that they have indicated that the museum is closed, so I’m afraid it looks like it is all closed for that time. I’ll put an update on the article to let everyone know, thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

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  • T: 1-284-494-2517
  • Main Street, Roadtown, Tortola, BVI
  • Mazda Canada Inc.
  • T: 1-905-787-7000 
  • F: 1-905-787-7125
  • Importadora Y Distribuidora Alameda SpA
  • T: 56-2-560-1900
  • Av. Americo Vespucio 1842, Quilicura, Santiago, Chile
  • Mazda de Colombia S. A. S.
  • T: 57-1-307-3700
  • Carrera 7 No. 75-66, Piso 6, Bogota, Colombia
  • T: 1-767-316-2140
  • Canefield Roseau Dominica
  • Auto Ensambladora S. A.
  • T: 506-2242-8833
  • EDIFICIO MAZDA, LA URUCA, (Apartado Postal 2424-1000) San Jose
  • Quality Motors B.V.
  • T: 599-9-888-0038
  • KAYA BUENA VISTA z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
  • T: 593-2-239-6178
  • T: 593-2-239-5806
  • Av. Manuel Cordova Galarza Km. 12 1/2, Quito, Ecuador
  • General de Vehiculos, S.A. de C.V.(GEVESA)
  • T: 503-2243-8372
  • F: 503-2273-3549
  • Blvd. de Los Proceres y Calle No.1, Lomas de San Francisco, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Guyane Automobiles Developpement SA
  • T: 594-594-35-91-02
  • Zone Industrielle Terca, RN197351 Matoury, French Guiana
  • McIntyre Bros. Ltd.
  • T: 1-473-444-3944 
  • T: 1-473-444-3945
  • T: 590-590-25-25-35
  • ZA de Moudong Sud, BP55 97122, BAIE MAHAULT, Guadeloupe
  • T: 502-6670-9500
  • Importaciones Ventas Exportaciones S. A. ( IVESA )
  • T: 502-2229-7000
  • Calzada Roosevelt, Kilometro 14, Zona 11, Guatemala, C. A.
  • Compagnie Haitienne de Moteurs S. A
  • T: 509-2816-0550
  • #1, Rue Barbancourt, Route de l'Aéroport, Delmas, HT 6120, Haiti
  • Grupo Q Honduras S.A. de C.V.
  • T: 504-235-9220
  • Boulevard Centro America Frente a Plaza Miraflores, Tegucigalpa, D.C., Republic of Honduras
  • Importadora de Vehiculos, S. A.
  • T: 504-556-5200
  • Boulevar de Sur, CA-5, contiguo al Museo del Niño, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Executive Motors Ltd.
  • T: 1-876-929-5274
  • 8 Marescaux Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica W. I.
  • T: 596-596-518181
  • Z. I. De Place d'Armes 97232 , Lamentin, Martinique
  • Mazda Motor De Mexico
  • T: 52-55-5081-6220
  • Mario Pani 400 PB, Col. Santa Fe Cuajimalpa, Delegación Cuajimalpa de Morelos, Ciudad de México, CP 05348
  • Auto-Importadora Nicaraguense, S. A.
  • T: 505-2298-2000
  • Rotonda El Periodista, 300 Metros Al Oeste Plaza, Julio Martinez, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Silaba Motors,S.A.
  • T: 507-263-9499
  • Calle 50 y Calle 64 Edif.Silaba, San Francisco Panama, Republica De Panama
  • Garden MPY S.A.
  • T: 595-021-237-7020
  • Avda. Republica Argentina Esq. Facundo Machain Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Derco Peru S. A.
  • T: 51-1-713-5000
  • Bella Group
  • T: 787-641-1777
  • Calle 2 Final, West Gate, Industrial Park, Bo. Palmas, Catano, Puerto Rico
  • Viamar, S. A.
  • T: 1-809-565-3111
  • Ave. Maximo Gomez No.90 , Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana
  • Northwest Ltd.
  • T: 1-758-452-1379
  • P.O.Box 946, John Compton Highway, Castries, St.Lucia W.I.
  • Caribbean Auto
  • T: 1-721-544-5294
  • Welfare Road 20, Cole bay, St. Maarten
  • Star Garage Limited
  • T: 1-784-456-1743
  • Grenville Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent, W.I.
  • H. J. de Vries Beheersmaatschappij N. V.
  • T: 597-402169
  • T: 597-471222
  • Slangenhoutstraat nr, 46-48, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Southern Sales & Service Co., Ltd.
  • T: 1-868-65-78541
  • Cross Crossing, San Fernando, Trinidad, W.I.
  • Mazda North American Operations
  • T: 1-949-727-1990
  • 200 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 (P.O. Box 19734)
  • Darkinel S.A.
  • T: 598-2-613-0000
  • Avenida Italia 4138, Montevideo, 11400
  • T: 213 07 70 39 62 79
  • Zone D’Activite, Lot No62B, Dar El Beida, Alger, Algérie
  • Auto Zuid, Lda.
  • T: 244-222-393976
  • T: 244-222-333792
  • Rua Joaquim Capango 38 a, Luanda, Republica de Angola
  • Indagro Maquinas e Servicos, Lda
  • T: 244-261-242170
  • T: 244-939-757562
  • Ponte da Boa Viagem, Arimba, Lubango, Republica de Angola
  • International Motor Trading Agency
  • T: 973-17-83066
  • P.O.Box 31, Manama, Bahrain
  • T: 257-22-225858
  • Bvd du 1er, Novembre, Bujunbura, B.P.510, Republic of Burundi
  • Tractafric Motors Cote d’Ivoire
  • T: 225-21-750-300
  • F: 225-21-750-345
  • Km4, Bd de Marseille, Zone 3, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Central Motors S.A.R.L
  • T: 243-897-081807
  • 1094, Avenue Kabasele, Commune de Barumbu , Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ghabbour Auto
  • T: 20-2-5391201
  • Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road Km 28 Mohawelat Road Industrial Zone, Abo Rawash, Egypt
  • T: 251-11-4424955
  • P.O.Box 8964, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
  • T: 241-01792749
  • T: 241-01792647
  • bp 506, libreville, Gabon
  • Sylva Spare Plus
  • T: 233-243-500-676
  • Plot IND/A/41/16 , Heavy Industrial Area , Off Aflao Roard, Tema, Ghana
  • Delek Motors Ltd.
  • T: 972-8-913-9998
  • PO Box 200 Moshav, Nir Zvi, Israel
  • Arab Resources Co. Ltd.
  • T: 962-6-5777777
  • Paris Street Building 7, Amman, Jordan
  • Crown Motors
  • T: 254-736-407-533
  • UHURU Highway, Bunyala Road, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Haji Husein Alireza & Co., Ltd
  • T: 966-12-604-9444
  • P.O.Box 40, Jeddah, 21411
  • Kuwait Automotive Imports Co.W.L.L.
  • T: 965-24733334
  • P.O.Box 48, 13001 Safat
  • A.N.Boukather Sal
  • T: 961-1-888298
  • ANB Headquarters, Nahr el Mot, Metn Express Highway, Beirut, Lebanon
  • T: 261-20-22-30303
  • Rue Docteur Raseta , - Andraharo- 101 Antananarivo -, Madagascar
  • T: 230-206-4300
  • Grewals Lane, 11208, Les Pailles, Ile Mauritius
  • T: 212-22-400700
  • Angle Boulevard Ba Hmad et Boulevard Moulay Ismai, Casablanca, 20300, Morocco
  • T: 258-21-321300
  • Av. Eduardo Mondlane 2205, Caxia Postal 1246, Maputo, Mozambique
  • National Car Company
  • T: 974-4321424
  • P.O.Box No.385, Doha, Qatar
  • T: 262-262-962-700
  • Tractafric Motors Sénégal
  • T: 221-328-24-20-20
  • VDN Bande Verte, Yoff, Dakar, Sénégal
  • Cocktail Pty Ltd.
  • T: 248-251-3030
  • Providence Industrial Estate, Mahe, Seychelles
  • Mazda Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.
  • T: 27-12-760-7700
  • 4 Travertine Avenue, N1 Business Park, Midrand 0157, PO Box: 50232, Randjiesfontein 1683
  • Towell Auto Centre(L.L.C.)
  • T: 968-92888005
  • P.O. BOX 1194, PC130 AZAIBA
  • Hughes Motors(Tanzania) Ltd.
  • T: 255-27-2553682
  • P.O.Box 711, Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Galadari Automobiles Co., Ltd. (L.L.C.)
  • T: 971-4-4199600
  • P.O.Box 8494 , Dubai , U.A.E.
  • Spear Motors Ltd
  • T: 256-783-614-601
  • PLOT M 428 JINJA ROAD, Nakawa Industrial area, Kampala , Uganda
  • Pilatus Engineering Company Ltd.
  • T: 260-211-260-896
  • T: 260-211-263-856
  • Plot 2319 Leopard's Hill Road, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Willowvale Motor Industries(Pvt)Ltd.
  • T: 263-4-620811
  • Dagenham Road, Willowvale, Harare, (P.O.Box ST 520 Southerton, Harare)

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  • June 1, 2024    (Saturday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in July.
  • March 1, 2024        (Friday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in April.
  • Januaary 1, 2024 (Monday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in February.
  • December 1, 2023 (Friday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in January.
  • November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in December.
  • October 1, 2023 (Sunday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in November.
  • September 1, 2023 (Friday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in October.
  • August 1, 2023 (Tuesday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in September.
  • June 21, 2023 (Wednesday) We are accepting additional bookings for Saturday Open Day Visits.
  • June 1, 2023 (Thursday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in July.
  • May 18, 2023 (Thursday) We are accepting additional bookings for Saturday Open Day Visits
  • April 1, 2023 (Saturday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in June.
  • March 20, 2023 (Monday) Recommencement of General Bookings
  • March 17, 2023 (Friday) Important information ? Changes to Museum Tour Arrangements
  • May 14, 2024 (Tue.) Notice Regarding Shortened Temporary Museum Closing Period in June
  • April 8, 2024 (Mon.) [Important] Partial Changes to Tour Activities due to the Suspension of Zone 9 (Factory Tour Area)
  • December 13, 2023 (Wed.) Temporary Closure Notice
  • November 7, 2023 (Tue.) Notice of Air Conditioning Construction
  • August 4, 2023 (Friday) Important information -Possible closure due to typhoon between August 7 and 10, 2023
  • August 2, 2023 (Wednesday) Notice of System Maintenance
  • July 9, 2023 (Sunday) Important information - Closure of Mazda Museum on July 10th due to Heavy Rain
  • July 7, 2023 (Friday) Important information - Possibility of Mazda Museum Closure on July 10th due to Heavy Rain Forecast
  • July 1, 2023 (Saturday) Important information - Cancellation of Opening Hours for July 1, Saturday Open Day Visits due to Heavy Rain
  • July 1, 2023 (Saturday) We are now accepting bookings for Saturday Open Day in August.
  • June 30, 2023 (Friday) Important information - Change of Opening Hours for July 1, Saturday Open Day Visits due to Heavy Rain
  • June 8, 2023 (Thursday) [Attention] Notice Regarding Spam Emails
  • April 28, 2023 (Friday) Changes to Museum Tour Arrangements for Saturday Open Day visits
  • March 20, 2023 (Friday) Temporary suspension of tour bookings due to system maintenance
  • May 16, 2022 (Monday) Commencement of General Bookings and Bookings for Saturday Open Days
  • May 16, 2022 (Monday) COVID-19 Prevention Measures

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Subaru Visitor Centre


At the Subaru Visitor Center, visitors to the Yajima Plant for plant tour and other purposes will be provided with a comprehensible explanation about Subaru's brand philosophy and identity as well as the brand's history and unique technologies. The two-story 3,203-square-meter building houses an entrance atrium where Subaru's major technologies are exhibited, an orientation hall that seats 204 people, an exhibition hall that serves as a multipurpose space capable of exhibiting up to 14 Subaru cars, the technology laboratory where visitors can learn about Subaru's unique technologies, and the recycling laboratory that introduces Subaru's environmental efforts. With these facilities, the Subaru Visitor Center gives an introduction about manufacturing of Subaru cars.

Opening times: combined with a factory tour - previous appointment is necessary

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd 1-1, Shoya-cho Ota City , Gunma 373-0822 Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation – Factory Tour

Toyota motor corporation is a leading japanese car manufacturer headquartered in toyota city, aichi prefecture. the company was founded in 1937 by kiichiro toyoda as a division of toyoda automatic loom works. it is the home of the toyota production system (tps), a lean management philosophy founded on the two key pillars of jidoka and just-in-time..

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  • Company : Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Establishment : 1937
  • Location : Headquartered in Aichi Prefecture
  • Main Business : Automotive manufacturing

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Toyota Factory Tour – Lean Characteristics

Tps, jidoka, just-in-time production.

Toyota is the home of the Toyota Production System (TPS). The lean manufacturing movement is based around the management principles, tools and culture that Toyota has been developing for over 60 years.

Supported by the two key pillars of Jidoka (a Japanese word that can be translated as “automation with a human touch”) and Just-In-Time, TPS aims to offer high quality, short delivery times, and reasonable cost through employee creativity and intense efforts to eliminate waste. It is designed so that machines and people alike stop production when there is equipment failure or any other irregularity in order for it to be immediately corrected. Also, it improves productivity without waste by manufacturing and delivering the necessary parts at the necessary time in the necessary quantity.

Shinka Management has shop floor-level access to the final assembly plant that produce the Toyota HiAce and the Toyota Coaster for Toyota Motor Corporation – facilities that are not open to the general public.

A factory visit includes access to welding (body shop), assembly and inspection lines. Unlike free public factory tours offered by Toyota (currently suspended indefinitely following the pandemic) which focus on general themes, Shinka Management tours focus on the application of the Toyota Production System and are led by one of our Sensei formerly from the Toyota Group.

The factory visit incorporates content on the two pillars of the Toyota Production System; Jidoka and Just-In-Time. The tour provides a close-up view of 5S, standard work, visual management, karakuri, poka-yoke, AGV (automated guided vehicle) and kanban application, with questions taken both on the shop floor and in a Q&A session following the visit.

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This tour was recommended to me by our VP Operations who undertook the tour the previous year. Both Ben and Paul provided an excellent tour of the Japanese manufacturing industry and the program was both well run and highly focused towards the practical implementation of lean strategies. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions… read more

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My experience on the Shinka Management Lean Japan Tour was spectacular. Learning more about TQM and Lean Management in the country where almost all industries are implementing these approaches has been surreal. It was also a good experience witnessing these firsthand in the manufacturing industry and even more so in the healthcare industry. It is… read more

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Great experience delivered by passionate professionals. The training is well-balanced between real life factory/hospital visits (lean in action), theory (basic concepts, why it makes sense) and exercise (set up your own mini factory line using lean concepts). All of this where it started: Japan. Definitely recommend the tour for any professional looking for ways to… read more

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Paul and Eri from Shinka Management clearly understood the brief and greatly assisted in transforming our industry tour into an enjoyable and exceptional experience immersed in Japanese culture. Without their support we would not have gained the same level of factory access, learnings and knowledge. Well done! read more

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I want to congratulate the Shinka Management Team for the fantastic organisation of the Lean Japan Tour 2023. The tour has been a business and life-changing experience for sure. On Day 1 I was already enlightened, and all the bits and pieces of a huge TQM puzzle came together to form a clear picture. The tour… read more

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The Shinka Management Lean Japan Tour is a professional development program run several times annually. The program includes a mix of lean and kaizen seminars, hands-on lean training and visits to several benchmark lean companies. For further information and program dates, see the lean tour overview page.

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Interested in joining us in Japan? For additional information prior to registration please fill in the form provided or contact us .

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Mazda Museum

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The Mazda Motor Corporation, founded in Hiroshima in 1920, retains its headquarters in the city of its origins. In addition to the headquarters, Mazda owns a large plot of coastal land which accommodates research and development laboratories, factories, and shipping facilities. The company museum and part of a factory are made available for public viewing.

Like Toyota to Nagoya , Mazda plays a large role in Hiroshima's economy. Although Mazda is not as large as Toyota, it still produces about a million vehicles a year and is an innovative player in the Japanese auto industry. For instance, in 1991 Mazda became the first Japanese company to win the Le Mans Grand Prix.

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To visit the Mazda Museum, reservations must be made online beforehand, as the facilities can be seen only on a guided tour. Tours for individual travelers are available twice per day, including one tour in English, and last about 90-120 minutes. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance.

Visitors to the museum first assemble at the Mazda head office building and sign in at the front desk. When the tour is scheduled to begin, a Mazda tour guide directs visitors onto a bus to take them to the museum building on the nearby grounds of Mazda's Hiroshima Plant.

The museum offers an overview of Mazda's history, a look into the technology of its automobiles and the prospects for its future developments. The tour then passes through an actual vehicle assembly line, where visitors can see a variety of different car models being produced. At the end of the tour there is a shop featuring Mazda goods.

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Getting there and around

Take a local train from Hiroshima to Mukainada Station (5 minutes, 190 yen, frequent departures), from where the Mazda Head Office can be reached in a five minute walk.

How to get to and around Hiroshima

Hours and Fees

Tours of the Mazda Museum and factory are held daily, except weekends and company holidays. The duration of the tours is 90-120 minutes. The tour is free of charge, but online reservations must be made in advance.

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Details of Exhibits

Learn about Toyota’s thoughts on automobiles based on six themes

Toyota Kaikan Museum Floor Map

Toyota Kaikan Museum Floor Map 1F

Eco and Emotion * Currently Closed for Remodeling


Safety and Freedom * Currently Closed for Remodeling


Production and Creation


Company and Society


Lexus Vehicles


Toyota Vehicles



Toyota Kaikan Museum Floor Map 2F

Exhibits for Children


*What you can experience. Click Here.

Eco and Emotion

Eco and Emotion

Learn about Toyota's multiple approaches toward the eco-car centering on hybrid technologies as its core.

* Currently Closed for Remodeling

Safety and Freedom

Safety and Freedom

Find out about Toyota's comprehensive approach toward safe cars.

* Safety simulator can be experienced in the showroom

Production and Creation

Discover Toyota's approach to manufacturing, as well as the wisdom and ingenuity needed for making cars, along with the vehicle production processes.

Company and Society

Toyota’s activities to help create a better future are introduced.

Exhibits for Children

Vehicle mechanisms, Toyota's car design, manufacturing and traffic safety are explained in Japanese for children.

In various areas of the exhibits, visitors can enjoy games and other activities that allow them to experience Toyota measures.


An exhibit of the latest Toyota vehicles

* Actual vehicles on display may vary.


As of May 16, 2024.

Lexus Vehicles

An exhibit of the latest Lexus vehicles


Learn about the motor sports and rally programs of Toyota Gazoo Racing aiming to create ever-better cars and cars that catch the spirit of the times to fulfill people's dreams.

Activites vary depending on the day. Please check the schedule below. 

  • * These sessions may be cancelled without prior notice.
  • * We are taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Safety Simulator

Safety simulator

Please refrain from trying simulator if one of the following applies:

  • ・Height under 150cm or weight over 100kg
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  • ・Using a medical device, such as a heart pacemaker
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  • * Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

C+walk ride

C + walk ride

Participants are required to sign a document before the ride.

Please refrain from riding the C + walk if one of the following applies:

  • ・Height under 140cm, over 185cm, or weight over 100kg
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Best 10 Factory Tours in Kansai As Voted By Japanese Locals

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Factory tours are a fun and educational day out for the family, and since they're usually free, they can be a great choice for any travelers on a budget. Major Japanese travel website Jalan held a survey asking Japanese locals about their favorite factory tours in the Kansai region. Topping the list were factories that make worldwide Japanese favorites like Pocky, Asahi beer, and Kewpie mayonnaise. Read on to learn about the top 10 factory tours in Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe - all in the Kansai region of Japan!

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Best Factory Tours in Kansai Survey Results

A factory tour gives you a look behind the scenes of a world most of us don't get to see every day. It's also a fun way to learn about the history and culture of food and industry in Japan.

What actually makes a great factory tour? Jalan asked survey responders what factors were important for them when they were deciding on which tour to check out. The first answer by far was whether or not the tour was free! Respondents also liked to see food samples, which definitely explains why nine out of the ten factories in this list are at factories that make food. Other deciding factors were whether or not there was enough to do to spend the day there, whether or not there were souvenirs to buy, and whether or not there are activities the whole family can enjoy.

The Top 10 Factory Tours in Kansai

1. cup noodles museum | osaka.

Taking first place is the Cup Noodle Museum in Ikeda City, Osaka . This museum teaches you about the importance of innovation and discovery as framed through the invention of instant ramen.

This factory tour is well known for its popular hands-on areas, including the Chicken Ramen Factory where visitors can make their own ramen from scratch, and the My Cup Noodle Factory, where you can pick your soup and ingredients to create your very own personalized cup noodle!

2. Meiji Naruhodo Factory | Osaka

Recently re-opened after renovations in May 2018, the Meiji Naruhodo (which means, "I see!") Factory tour is structured around the manufacture of two famous Meiji products: the bamboo shoot-shaped cookie, Takenoko no Sato, and the mushroom-shaped cookie, Kinoko no Yama. 

With displays structured like an assembly line, this tour takes you through the process of making candy, starting from how the raw ingredients, such as cocoa, are sourced. You'll have a chance to learn more broadly about the world of chocolate as you see, touch, experience, and enjoy learning about how these beloved sweets are made. 

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3. Asahi Beer Suita Brewery | Osaka

The Asahi Beer Suita Factory in Osaka was Asahi's first brewery, and today it has a great free tour that allows you to see the Asahi production line and sample freshly-brewed beer.  Beer lovers are also sure to get a kick out of the World Beer Collection Exhibition Corner that displays beer packaging from all around the world. 

4. Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Kyoto Plant | Kyoto

You can see the production line plus a range of fun exhibits about the world's most iconic drink at Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan's Kyoto Plant.

Displays include a Time Tunnel that features Japanese Coca-Cola designs over the years. Once you pass through the can-shaped path and see the production line, you can stop at the factory's photo spot to commemorate your visit! 

5. Glicopia Kobe | Kobe

Glicopia in Kobe is the site of the factory that makes the world-famous snack Pocky and its savory equivalent, Pretz. Here you can see the factory line, learn about new sweets made using the latest cutting-edge Japanese technology, and even try your hand at making some sweets yourself!

Glico fans can also pick up some original Pocky and Pretz souvenirs, and maybe even some exclusive snacks, too. 

6. Meiji Naruhodo Factory Kansai | Osaka

The second Meiji factory tour to appear on this top 10 list, the Meiji Naruhodo Factory Kansai is all about yogurt! This is a great tour to visit with children as an educational outing. They'll learn how yogurt is made and about nutrition more generally by looking at the health benefits of dairy. Visitors can even take part in butter making workshops!

7. Japan Mint | Osaka

As the only non-food factory in this top 10 list, the Japanese Mint has some unique charms all of its own! For one, it's conveniently located in the center of Osaka, and its gardens are also known locally as one of the best spots for cherry blossoms in the city.

The guided tour here teaches you about how the Japanese Mint is run, and lets you see currency being made on the factory line. Afterwards, the tour takes you to the Mint Museum to learn more about the history of something we all care about - money! While some of the tours on this list are definitely more family-orientated, this tour is sure to be interesting for kids and adults alike.

8. Kewpie Kobe Factory Open Kitchen | Hyogo

Whether as a salad dressing or a topping for okonomiyaki and takoyaki, Kewpie mayonnaise is definitely an indispensable kitchen staple in Japan. Of course, this brand has diehard fans all over the world too! 

There are two options for guided factory tours at the Kewpie Kobe Factory: a Mayonnaise Course and a Dressings Course. After the tour, you can visit the factory's informative displays, and then finish your visit with some delicious food samples!

9. Kirin Brewery Tour | Shiga

Kirin Beer Factory in Shiga offers a selection of tours. The Kirin Ichiban Brewery Tour allows you to touch, smell, and even taste hops and malt, the raw ingredients that are used to make beer, and then learn all about the mashing and fermentation process. Whisky lovers will enjoy the Fuji-Sanroku Distillery Tour, which provides a hands on experience of the different aroma profiles of whisky and a chance to see the enormous grain stills used in its production, too. Of course, both tours end with beer or whisky tastings! 

If you're visiting with kids, the Kirin Gogo-no-Kocha Tour might be more interesting! This tour allows visitors to smell the different types of tea leaves used to make this famous iced tea drink, see how PET bottles are molded up-close, and then take a tour to see the entire production line.

10. Mentai Park Kobe Sanda | Hyogo

In 10th place is Mentai Park, located in Sanda, Kobe. Mentaiko, or pollock roe, is a very popular Japanese ingredient that might not be as familiar to international visitors. Here you can take a factory tour where you can see mentaiko being processed and pickled. After, you can sample foods made with fresh mentaiko, dine-in at the food court, and buy some mentaiko direct from the factory to take home, too. You might even discover your new favorite food here!

Experience a Factory Tour in Japan!

A factory tour is definitely a little off the beaten track of things to do in Japan, so if you're looking for a unique experience during your time here, why not find out how your favorite Japanese foods are made? A factory tour is a perfect way to break up trips to Japan's many historical sites if you're traveling with kids, too.

If you're visiting Tokyo instead, or just want to read more, check out our round up of the  10 Best Factory Tours in the Kanto Area ! 

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In 1933, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. was established in Yokohama, Japan as an automobile manufacturing company. Launched in 1935 as the first mass production plant in Japan, the Yokohama Plant was designed to incorporate the whole vehicle production process, from parts manufacturing to final vehicle assembly. Today, the plant produces important automotive components, such as engines, electric motors, and suspension parts in three facilities covering approximately 540,000 square meters. To maintain efficiencies and quality output, the plant utilizes the Alliance Production Way (APW), which uses a robust quality control system to monitor throughout the production process. Since its establishment, the Yokohama Plant team and operations continues to utilize Nissan’s pioneering spirit to deliver reliable and exciting vehicles to customers.


The strongest engines, fashioned by master engineers(vr38dett).

The special engine for the GT-R, Nissan's ultimate flagship sports car, is honed by skilled technicians called "Takumi," ("Maestro") who are exclusively responsible for assembling each engine by hand and testing its entire performance. The "Takumi" nameplate, which guarantees assembly, performance and quality, is attached to the front of the engine, showing the confidence and pride of the "Takumi".

Electric motor power delivers impressive benefits (EM57)

Nissan’s EM57 electric motors are produced in facilities under clean and pristine conditions similar to those needed for precision machinery. The EM57 motor is currently found in the all-electric Nissan LEAF and in the Serena e-POWER, which also has an on-board gasoline engine to generate power. Nissan’s electric motors provide driving excitement thanks to the smooth, quiet and responsive nature of electric motors. Electric motors are capable of delivering maximum torque output when starting from a stopped position. There are a variety of Nissan electric motors and applications to best suit the vehicle and customer needs. The all-new Nissan Note e-POWER utilizes the EM47 electric motor, which is compact and lighter in weight to best fit the compact car.

Cutting-edge Engine (KR15)

The VC Turbo Engine, which was successfully mass-produced for the first time in the world, is a next-generation engine that achieves both high efficiency and high performance by swiftly and continuously changing the compression ratio in the cylinder to the optimum variable compression ratio, aligned to driving conditions and driver input information. The engine is manufactured using a wide range of advanced technologies, including advanced analysis and heat treatment technologies. It is noted that the new models of X-TRAIL which went on sale in July 2022 are equipped with these VC Turbo Engines.


The Guest Hall was certified as a historical building by Yokohama City in 2002, as "Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Yokohama No. 1 Building (former head office building) Inside the building, you can learn about the history of Nissan, see the Engine Museum - which displays the engines of the past, as well as engine and motor technology exhibits - and see how cars and engines are built.

Opening Hours

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Entry is not permitted to the following:

  • People with a fever, fatigue or physically unwell.
  • Groups (over 10 people).

When entering the museum, please cooperate with the following:

  • Disinfecting hands, temperarture check, wearing of masks.
  • Avoid crowding together, and keep a distance from other people.

Points to note *please read carefully

  • Please note that some of the experiential fixtures are not available for use.
  • In the unlikely event that a case of suspected infection occurs during the visit, we will take action based on the guidance of the health department. (We may be required to provide personal information to public institutions when necessary.)

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1 Where NISSAN Began

You can see engines and cars from the time when they were born in the birthplace of Nissan.

2 3 NIssan's Car building process / Engine building process

Using actual parts and videos, the museum displays how cars and engines are built in an accessible manner.

4 Engine/Motor Technology

Engines and motors built with the latest and greatest techniques and technologies are on display.

5 History of Nissan

Introduction to the history of Nissan Motors from its founding to the present.

6 Engine Museum

Engine display.

Engine Display

28 engines that have played an instrumental role in the history of Nissan's engine development are introduced in six groups, including the Type 7 engine manufactured in 1935 when the Yokohama plant was founded, as well as other engines from previous generations and engines that have been used in racing. ①Sustaining the dream: Engines from Nissan's early days to the postwar reconstruction period. This includes the Type 7 engine produced in 1935, when the Yokohama plant began operations. ②Underpinned by legends: Engines from the 1960s and 1970s, when fully-fledged motorization began in Japan. This includes the A10 engine of the first-generation Sunny, a pioneering mass-market car. ③Aiming for the top: The engines of the 1980s and 1990s, when Japan's automobile industry grew alongside the competition and finally aspired to be world-beating. ④Looking to the future: The engines of the era that boldly challenged and overcame exhaust countermeasures. ⑤Strong and supple: Environmentally friendly, economical diesel engines. ⑥Shaving off time: Racing engines in the global limelight.

Award Corner

Award Corner

Nissan has been providing its customers with the world's top level engines. As a testament to this, the VQ engine has been selected as one of the 10 Best Engines by Ward's for 14 consecutive years and 15 times in total. In commemoration of this achievement, the VQ engine and related materials can be viewed at the Awards Corner.

Leaflet/Exhibit List ・ Leaflet PDF (1.4MB) ・ List of engines exhibited PDF (Japanese) (59KB) ・ List of engines exhibited PDF (English) (28KB)

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16 Getting in the Skyline

A customer visited our Plant Tour at Yokohama by his fantastic and favorite car.

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Surprisingly, it was Prince Skyline (the 2nd generation)! We were surprised that it was still beautiful even though it has been running for about 60 years, and the body, of course, the seats inside, engine, and etc. were the same condition as they were when the car had been first released.

His car was the focus of attention enough to bring people around not only PA members, but also other customers.

In fact, it is "Skyline" which has the longest history in Nissan. The 1st series of Skyline were born on April 24, 1957, and their 67th year this year.

The series of Skyline have been continuously loved by a lot of fans. At the Engine Museum, 4 successive Skyline engines, such as the engine of this 2nd generation Skyline are displayed.

Please take a closer look at these engines when you visit us♪

April 22, 2024

15 The portable batteries from LEAF

It is still cold, but I feel like spring is in the air nowadays. Kawazu cherry blossoms and other spring flowers are blooming around the plant, and it makes us feel appeased.

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The other day we exchanged the display cars, "NISSAN LEAF". The colors of the body have changed from "Pure White Pearl × Aurora Flare Blue Pearl" to "暁-Akatsuki"!

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Furthermore, we are introducing the display using "The Portable Batteries from LEAF" and these are reused batteries of "NISSAN LEAF"♪ These are excellent, high-quality, and recycled batteries which made from NISSAN LEAF can be utilized in a wide range of situations such as in business and disaster prevention.

Please take a look at the display when you visit our Guest Hall.

March 28, 2024

14 Christmas season

It's getting cold, but how are you spending it? Nowadays, Christmas lights are beautiful… Let us introduce our Guest Hall's Christmas decorations which full of “Nissan”'s passion! We use the electricity saved in a Nissan Leaf for Christmas LED tree lighting and on the top of the tree we decorated a star ornament which made from some scrap materials in the plant and its a one-of-a-kind.

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On the surface of the doors, there are original sheets handcrafted from design in Yokohama Plant! Yokohama Plant employees who love “Monozukuri” made these sheets with all their heart.

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These decorations are displayed only for the limited time until Christmas. We are looking forward to your visit♪

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December 20, 2023

13 A special event for adults held for the first time!

On September 18th (Monday, holiday), we held “Approaching the history of Nissan Engines!” which we had received a lot of requests from our guests. It began with the guidance about the history of engines from the time when the company was established in 1933 to the latest containing historical backgrounds presented by a Nissan Engine Museum curator (former designer)!

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These participants were listening eagerly to the curator's story. After the information session, we were off to take the Plant Tour! We observed the latest robots at the engine assembly lines of X-TRAIL. Our guests were all surprised mechanized and cutting edge plant. After coming back from the plant, we rediscovered Nissan's attractiveness through watching these historical displays in the Guest Hall and cutting edge technology of the latest engines. We also had a good time talking about successive Nissan cars. We have received a lot of comments from the participants about satisfied contents of the event especially for adults. “As it was a rare opportunity to listen to the history of engines, I can feel closer to the engines.” “It was a enjoyable and intriguing tour.” As we will continue planning a lot of attractive tours, please look forward to it! October 20, 2023

12 A Celebration-the production volume of 40 million engines!

In Yokohama Plant we have been manufacturing exceed 40 million engines since we started operating as a mass consistent production plant of vehicles in 1935. This memorable 40 millionth engine will be displayed at the Guest Hall once it gets ready. Please look forward to it!

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This year is a special one as Nissan has been founded for 90 years. Yokohama Plant Guest Hall is located in Ichigokan (the 1st building) of the headquarter in those days when Nissan was first established, and you can see the history of Nissan as well as engines from successive series to the latest ones. We are looking forward to your visit.

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August 22, 2023

11 Summer vacation is just around the corner!

The season when the sun shines has come again this year! We have planed a special tour which can enjoy with family members during the summer vacation of elementary schools. We will give the booklets which you can learn about engines to those elementary school students who visit our Yokohama Guest Hall from July 17 to August 10♪ Why don’t you research about engines an motors during the Summer vacation? Looking forward to your visit.

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June 30, 2023

10 Start displaying GT-R Premium edition T-spec (2024 model)

At Yokohama Plant Guest Hall we are displaying GT-R Premium edition T-spec (2024 model) replaced Fairlady Z! We feel that it emanates new charm and power as the design has been changed. Please visit Yokohama Guest Hall.

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09 The display of “How a car is manufactured” has renewed!

At Yokohama Plant, which is for Power Train, we are currently manufacturing engines for our new models of X-TRAIL. In accordance with it, we have exchanged our display, “How a car is manufactured”, to X-TRAIL versions. You can spend time at our Guest Hall observing the display of the procedures until the completion of a car. Please visit our Guest Hall at Yokohama Plant.

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08 We have a new exhibition car on display♪

If you notice it, it’s already March... It's almost spring. Flowers that feel spring are beginning to bloom at the Yokohama Plant guest hall. Kawazu cherry blossoms are in bloom alongside on the street near here, and various flowers are in bloom on the plant tour course. Please enjoy them when you visit the Yokohama plant!

The new model of Fairlady Z has newly come into our exhibition cars for a limited time! You can find its special paint color, “Seiran Blue”, only at Yokohama Plant guest hall. That’s looks amazing, and it makes us feel so excited everyday. Please take this opportunity to visit us.

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07 Flowers that feel spring♪

If you notice it, it's already March... It's almost spring. Flowers that feel spring are beginning to bloom at the Yokohama Plant guest hall. Kawazu cherry blossoms are in bloom alongside on the street near here, and various flowers are in bloom on the plant tour course. Please enjoy them when you visit the Yokohama plant!

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06 Halloween and Flowers!

Halloween coming soon! The flower bed at the entrance of the factory has been redecorated! Pretty decorations and beautiful flowers will welcome you all. We hope you enjoy it! Please take a look when you visit the Yokohama Plant.

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05 NISSAN ARIYA right in front of you…!?

"AR SCOPE ARIYA" has been installed at the Yokohama Plant to allow visitors to experience the technology installed in the ARIYA.♪ You can experience it with the tablet installed. We hope that everyone will try it out.

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04 Aiming to create an attractive plant

A flower bed has been created at the main gate of the Guest Hall. The spring flowers are in full bloom and are soothing to look at. The Yokohama Plant is engaged in beautification activities with the hope of showing visitors how attractive here. Please check it out on your next visit.

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03 The company's new logo has been created!

The vending machine for Nissan goods in the Guest Hall features the new logo. The vending machine is now selling Tomica GT-R mini cars and cute Nissan Bear Mascot. How about picking one up as a souvenir?

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02 Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Christmas decorations have been up at the Yokohama Plant since December. This year, there are also cute decorations at the entrance of the Guest Hall...☆☆+. This is a limited time offer, so please take this opportunity to visit the Yokohama Plant.

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01 The famous "Oi Ocha" paid us a visit

A collaboration video with Ito-En has been released, as part of the Onigiri Action. The video is about 3 minutes long, so please watch it when you have time. https://fb.watch/1p-ZrQ8F6V/

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Greetings from Plant Attendant at the entrance

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Nada Sake Brewers Preparing Rice

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Japan is a country of innovation and meticulous craftsmanship, where the art of manufacturing is revered. If you’re a curious traveler eager to delve into the heart of Japanese culture, factory tours offer a unique and immersive experience. From tea plantations to whiskey distilleries , and even a knife factory, Japan’s factory tours showcase the nation’s dedication to quality and precision. In this guide, we’ve handpicked the best tours that provide an insightful glimpse into Japan’s industrial prowess. So, let’s grab our safety goggles and embark on an adventure through the fascinating world of Japanese manufacturing!

1. Matcha Green Tea Plantation and Matcha Factory Visit

2. special food & sake factory tour in takayama, 3. learn about and try the production of tatami, 4. soy sauce making experience tour, 5. whiskey distillery and beer factory tour in chitose and naganuma, 6. shizuoka tea picking private experience, 7. full day mud dyeing experience & hydrangea flowers viewing, 8. knife factory and craft walking tour, 9. ramen cooking class at ramen factory in kyoto, 10. exploring nada sake breweries kobe private tour with government-licensed guide, japan wonder travel tours , other articles you might enjoy.

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Nestled in the serene city of Kyoto , this tour takes you to the enchanting world of Matcha green tea at one of the oldest plantations in the country. Immerse yourself in the lush green tea fields and witness the intricate process of Matcha production. From the cultivation of tea leaves to the finely ground powder, you’ll learn the secrets behind Japan’s iconic tea. Enjoy sampling a variety of freshly brewed cups of Matcha as well as some traditional sweets as you admire the picturesque surroundings. 

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Enjoy a pleasant tour to learn about the production of sake as well as senbei (rice crackers) in the history-rich area of Takayama ! Visit a sake distillery as well as a rice cracker factory. Japan is well known for rice , of course, and for a good reason. There are many different delicacies that can be made from rice, and this tour is perfect for learning in-depth about a couple of them. This tour is a great balance between history, walking, snacks, and sake!

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For a truly immersive cultural experience, head to Saitama Prefecture and explore the world of Tatami. Witness the craftsmanship behind these traditional woven mats and discover the significance they hold in Japanese homes . Engage in a hands-on experience, learning the art of Tatami making from skilled artisans. Enjoy a nice cup of tea included at the end of the tour, which is also a great time to shop for souvenirs!

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Venture to Shizuoka Prefecture and uncover the savory secrets of Soy Sauce production. This tour takes you through the production process, allowing you to make your own bottle to take home and enjoy! Immerse yourself in the rich aromas and taste the authentic flavors of this beloved condiment. This tour is also great for those fascinated by history as the store, Meijiya, has been around for more than 100 years! What’s more is that the master of the store will be the one to guide you on the tour.

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Calling all whiskey and beer aficionados! Embark on a journey to Hokkaido , more specifically  Chitose and Naganuma and explore the world of Japanese spirits. Visit a renowned whiskey distillery in the Maoi area of Naganuma, where master blenders create exquisite blends using time-honored techniques. Discover the intricate process of brewing beer at the Kirin brewery in Chitose and indulge in a tasting session of their Ichiban shibori. There’s also a tasty meal included in the tour to keep your palate ready for more refined beverages! 

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Escape the city bustle and embrace the tranquility of Shizuoka’s tea fields. Engage in a private tea-picking experience, plucking fresh leaves under the guidance of tea masters. Immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings as you learn about the various tea varieties and the traditional cultivation methods. Afterward, enjoy and savor the delicate flavors of freshly brewed tea, as well as take home a variety with you to enjoy!

If you plan to stay in Shizuoka any longer, especially in the summer, be sure to check out the beaches !

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Unleash your creativity and try your hand at the intricate mud dyeing techniques. Join this hands-on workshop in Tokyo, where you’ll learn the art of mud dyeing, known as Dorozome. Create unique patterns on cloth using natural pigments and take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. In addition, explore the enchanting beauty of 10,000 hydrangea flowers in full bloom on Mt. Hydrangea (yes, translated from Japanese, that is actually the name!), adding a touch of nature to your cultural experience. You’ll also be able to enjoy a traditional Kaiseki-style lunch!

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Discover the ancient craft of knife making in Sakai, a city renowned for its exceptional blades. This walking tour takes you through the process of forging and sharpening traditional Japanese knives. Meet skilled craftsmen who have honed their craft for generations and witness their meticulous attention to detail. You’ll have the chance to order your own custom blade and watch it be prepared in front of you! Visit the local museum afterward to learn more about knife history, as well as more about Sakai. Also, you’ll be able to enjoy the regionally famous sweet, Yatsuhashi , which also makes for a great souvenir . 

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Delve into the world of Japan’s most beloved comfort food— Ramen ! Or is it just our favorite? Let’s not argue… anyways, Join a cooking class at the Ramen Factory in Kyoto and learn to make this iconic dish from scratch. Under the guidance of experienced chefs, craft your own noodles, simmer flavorful broths, and assemble your personalized bowl of Ramen. Unleash your culinary creativity as you experiment with toppings and seasonings. Savor the satisfaction of devouring a steaming bowl of your own creation. Slurp away! 

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Complete your manufacturing tour adventure in the city of Nada, the sake capital of Japan, where sake breweries teem and await your exploration. Embark on a private tour with a knowledgeable guide and dive into the world of Nada Sake. Learn about the intricate sake brewing process and discover the nuances that define each brew. With a variety of 8 different breweries to choose from, it will be no problem to savor the flavors of different sake varieties through tastings and gain insights into the rich cultural heritage of sake production. 

Japan Wonder Travel is a travel agency that offers guided tours throughout Japan.  From private walking tours to delicious Food and Drink tours, we can help you organize the best tours just for you! If you want to explore Japan and learn more about the history and backstories of each area you are visiting, our knowledgeable and friendly English speaking guides will happily take you to the best spots!  In addition, we can provide you with any assistance you may need for your upcoming trip to Japan, so please feel free to contact us if yu have any questions or need some help! 

▶ Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Drink Tour Explore the most lively and popular fish market in Tokyo and try some of the local’s favorite street foods and sake with one of our friendly and knowledgeable English speaking guides! 

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▶ Tokyo 1–Day Highlights Private Walking Tour (8 Hours) There’s no better way to explore an area than taking a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. You will have the chance to learn about the history and interesting background stories of Tokyo, as well as discover some hidden gems which can be hard to do without a guide.

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    These tours are by appointment only and provide a fascinating insight into the company's history and future and the car making process in general. When to go: Once per day (except weekends and holidays) at 10am for the English language tour. Make an Enquiry. For more information email us: [email protected] or call: + 44 117 244 3380.

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  19. Nissan Oppama Plant

    Kanagawa Nissan Oppama. Office Phone: +81 (0)46-866-1123. The Guest Hall is located immediately to the left after entering through the Oppama Plant main gate. REQUESTS. 1) Inquiries regarding plant tours. Oppama Plant Guest Hall, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. +81 (0)46-867-5013. 2) Inquiries regarding the plant.

  20. Details of Exhibits

    Exhibits for Children. Vehicle mechanisms, Toyota's car design, manufacturing and traffic safety are explained in Japanese for children. In various areas of the exhibits, visitors can enjoy games and. other activities that allow them to experience Toyota measures. TOYOTA.

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