Mazda, an automobile manufacturer headquartered in Hiroshima. Founded as a company manufacturing corks in 1920 and renamed Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927, the company started producing machine tools and three-wheel autoricksaws. In 1984, the company changed its name to Mazda, taking on its automobile brand name. Mazda is loved by fans both in Japan and overseas for its technologies and designs born from original ideas, such as its rotary engine cars, the only one in the world and still in production.
At the "Mazda Museum" locate at the company's headquarters, tours in English and Japanese are held twice a day. Get on the bus in front of the headquarters building. This bus will take you to the museum by traveling through the vast premises, which cover 2.3 million square meters or the equivalent of 48 Tokyo Domes. Between the headquarters and the factory, you will see the Toyo Bridge, a large bridge owned by Mazda with a total length of about 560 m and elevation difference of about 25 m. This bridge is used for transport within the company premises and is closed to public vehicles. You might catch sight of prototypes and test vehicles, and experience rising excitement as a result.
Inside the museum, the floor includes a technology Exhibit, a Rotary Engine Exhibit, and a Future Exhibit. The three-wheel autoricksaw that launched Mazda cars, and other historic models including the R360, Mazda's first passenger car, are on display. The highlight of the tour is the factory's car assembly line. The way cars are assembled one after another in front of your eyes will certainly impress you. And from the observation deck, you will be able to see Mazda's private port and its huge car carriers. Even if you are not a Mazda fan, adding the Mazda Museum to your Hiroshima sightseeing list is sure to make your trip a more memorable one.Photo by Mazda Motor Corporation
- 3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture 735-0028
- Weekdays 8:30-12:00, 12:45-17:00
- Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and company holidays
- Free (Reservations required)
Information accurate as of January 13, 2017.