It is no exaggeration to say that the Toyota Group it is a driving force for the world's manufacturing industry. The word "Toyota" undoubtedly brings to mind cars for many people, but actually the Toyota Group got its start in the textile industry. Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of the group, invented Japan's first power loom, automatic loom, and circular loom, and contributed greatly to the development of Japanese machinery industry.
The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, was inaugurated in 1994 in the pilot factory building used by Sakichi Toyoda in 1911 to perform research and development on looms. Step inside the Textile Machinery Pavilion, which retains the original pillars, beams, and red brick walls, and you will truly experience a time slip into the Taisho era. The pavilion displays about 100 items ranging from early tools to modern textile machinery using mechatronics technology, and holds demonstrations and dynamic exhibitions that allow visitors to learn about the evolution of technology. The Automobile Pavilion, which looks just like a whole automobile factory, consists of four zones named "Initial Period of the Automobile Business," "Mechanism of Automobiles and Components," "Domestic Technologies," and "Production Technology," which allow visitors to experience Toyota's automobile history and technology with their hands, ears and eyes.
The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology ranked in first place in the Best Factory Tour Ranking 2016 survey published by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel review website. The number of visitors from overseas has increased in recent years, and the high level of Japanese technology is receiving high acclaim. How about discovering about the origins of Japanese manufacturing through the evolution of textile machinery, which is one of the key industries that supported the development of modern Japan, and automotive technology, which continues to play a pioneering role today.
- 1-35, Noritake Shinmachi 4-chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 451-0051
- 9:00~17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
- Mondays (or the next day in the case of a holiday), New Year's holiday
- Adult 500 yen, middle-school and high-school students 300, Elementary school students 200 yen, 65 years and over: Free
Information accurate as of January 13, 2017.