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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology

産業技術記念館

After visiting the Toyota Automobile Museum earlier this year, I was inspired to visit Toyota's other showpiece museum in Nagoya, the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology, not far from Nagoya Station.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology

I was not disappointed; the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology is superb. The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology is housed in the original red brick buildings of the Toyoda (the forerunner of present-day Toyota Corp) textile factory and research center.

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology is divided in to two parts in separate buildings. The first building exhibits early automatic looms and outlines the history of spinning cloth. Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of the Toyota empire developed a wooden hand loom in 1890 and went on to patent an automatic loom based on a British model in 1924, which guaranteed the financial success of his enterprise.


The second building of the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology is all about car production. Toyoda's son, Kiichiro, developed the model AA passenger car - Toyota's first mass-produced automobile introduced in 1936. Various production line units are on display including a US-made 600 ton press and the the latest Japanese robot technology.

It was easy to spend half a day at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology, which had a number of fun activities for kids and also includes a restaurant "Brick Age" and a cafe.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology
1-35 Noritake Shinmachi 4-chome
Nishi-ku, Nagoya
451-0051
Tel: 052 551 6115
Admission: 500 yen
Hours: 9.30am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Closed on Mondays

Access

Take a local (futsu) Meitetsu train one stop north from Nagoya Station to Sako. The museum is a 3 minute walk to your right from Sako Station.


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