Did you know that the origin of Toyota, a global automobile manufacturer, was actually “weaving”?
“Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology” is the only museum in the world that introduces the history from Toyota textile machinery, which can be said to be the starting point of Toyota, to today’s “Automobile” through dynamic exhibits and various demonstrations. This museum introduces the “spirit of research and creation” by Sakichi Toyoda who devoted his life to the invention of the loom and the importance of “manufacture”, the passion of his son Kiichiro, who challenged the domestic production of automobiles.
A factory built in the Taisho era by Sakichi Toyoda is used as it is, “Textile Machinery Museum” displaying about 100 units from the initial tools and machines of “spinning” and “weaving” to modern textile machinery . It is also possible to experience the real “manufacture” because you can see the actual spinning and weaving of the fabric in front of you. In the demonstrations and dynamic exhibitions on spinning technology and looms, you can’t help but feel the “hard work” of Sakichi Toyoda.
At the “Automobile Hall”, you can feel Kiichiro’s efforts to develop domestic technology for mass production of automobiles based on the textile machinery business. The dolls and models are used to introduce everything from the devotion to developing a small engine to the creation of the first mass-produced vehicle.
You will be impressed by the flow of tradition and time that the technology of weaving machine is reflected in the mechanism of the engine and machine. This is an exhibition that truly shows the “spirit of research and creation” and “importance of manufacturing” in “Toyota Spirit”.
Some of you may be wondering how much time you will need to visit the “Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology”. The speed of the tour is completely different from individual to individual, so it’s not easy to say, but it’s about 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
If you want to see only the exhibits, some people will be able to see it in one hour, and if you want to watch and listen to explanations and demonstrations at important points, it takes 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. And if you like mechas or cars, you can be comfortable in 3 or 4 hours.
There are also restaurants and cafés at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, so if you are going to eat, make sure to plan your time.
The birthplace of Toyota
The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is a company museum of Toyota which tells the history from Meiji period.
The Toyota group which accomplishes remarkable evolution from textile machine industry to the auto industry, and tows the world’s auto industry now. The origin dates back to the old Toyoda Spinning & Weaving headquarters factory founded in 1911. It is the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology which was opened to this land that is the birthplace of Toyota in the world.
Large space of the inside of the hall is divided into three themes as the “techno land”, the “automobile hall”, the “textile machine hall”. It is reasonable admission and is the museum which you can learn while playing happily all day.
“The techno land” with the playground equipment related to a fiber machine and a car is fairly prosperous of children.
Craftsmanship can be felt with a powerful showpiece, it is full of an “automobile hall” and a “textile machine hall”, so not only children but also adults can enjoy fresh surprise at them.
May become the cause of taking an interest in science
The techno land has 12 attractions in total.
The most popular “techno circuit” is to run the course projected on the floor and can experience the operation of the car. The “Weaving Machine” which can observe the operation by which cloth is woven by stepping on a pedal and rotating the machine, and “Water Jet Shoot” which aims at the target using the water which blew off like a water pistol, is the popular game. There may be a room which can experience the air resistance by a wind, and it may become the cause of taking an interest in science.
Demonstrate before your eyes
In the exhibit space of “textile machine hall” using the pillar, the beam and the wall of the red brick at the time of the Taisho era, approximately 90 fiber machines are displayed from a tool at the time of the establishment of a business to a modern device.
An operator demonstrates and explains the activity which spins thread or weaves cloth before your eyes.
All the craftsmanship of Toyota
The “automobile hall” is a vast exhibition hall of 7,900 square meters. Inside a hall, basing-on real machine dynamic state exhibition, demonstration by an operator, etc. are seen.
It is highly appreciated by the overseas visitor at the contents which all the cars can understand that it is “All the craftsmanship of Toyota is understood”.
The kids corner and child library which can be enjoyed while feeling the principle of craftsmanship are also added to the automobile hall. Small children can also enjoy themself.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
|1-35, Noritake Shinmachi 4-chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0051 Japan
|Nagoya-Tetsudo Nagoya-honsen Line “Sako-eki” station (3 minutes walk)
|500 yen (aged 18 or over)
300 yen (Junior and senior high school students)
200 yen (Elementary school students)
Please refer the official web page.