While we associate Toyota with cars, the company began in a different field: making looms which transformed the industry. An entire section of this building is dedicated to the machines and technology behind their looms, and then goes on to show how this influenced them to turn to automobile manufacture via metalworking and other skills. The automobile pavilion features not only a selection of cars past to present, but comprehensive information on the building process, the technology involved, and physical demonstrations of the mechanics behind how cars work. There is also a "virtual factory" which shows the process of how a car is made (with four audio options including English). When you have finished here, you could also visit Noritake gardens (also near Kamejima station) for a pleasant walk around the grounds and to see yet another aspect of Japanese crafts and manufacturing.
4-1-35, Noritake Shin-machi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Pref.
Hours / 9:30-17:00 (last admission at 16:30) Holidays / Mon. (open on National Holidays and then closed the next day instead), New Year's Holiday Admission / Adult ¥500 (group ¥400）, high & middle school student ¥300 (group ¥240）, elementary school student ¥200 (group ¥160）, aged 65 or over, free