Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings


Toyota Kaikan Museum トヨタ会館

See vehicles past, and the robotics and AI-influenced future at the company that drives Aichi’s economy

The Toyota Kaikan Museum and plant tour offers a behind-the-scenes look into Japan’s automotive past and future.

Don't Miss

  • A showcase of Toyota's latest vehicles and technologies
  • A tour of the Toyota plant itself (reservations recommended)
  • A visit to the Toyota Techno Museum

How to Get There

The museum is a 15-minute walk from Mikawa-Toyota Station.

From Nagoya Station take the JR Tokaido Line towards Toyohashi. At Okazaki change to the Aichikanjo Tetsudo Line in the direction of Kozoji. It takes about one hour and 20 minutes in total, and costs ¥1,020 one way.

Quick Facts

The Kaikan Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on Sundays, company holidays and for occasional maintenance

Plant tours are held once daily, last approximately two hours and are free of charge

Online or telephone reservations are required for the tour

A global automotive powerhouse

The automotive industry plays a vital role in Japan’s economy, and Aichi is home to one of the world’s largest automakers: Toyota.

The influence of the Toyota Motor Corporation on Japan is enormous. You just need to look around Aichi to see its impact. But if you want to really understand how the company functions, and where it is headed, you should pay a visit to the informative and entertaining Toyota Kaikan Museum and take the plant tour.

Whether you are a devoted car enthusiast or just a curious tourist, the museum and tour offer something for everyone, providing a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a global manufacturing giant.

Robotics, AI and cars of the future

The starting point of the tour, which is offered in both English and Japanese, is the Toyota Kaikan Museum, a shining exhibition of Toyota’s engineering excellence. Here you can see examples of the newest models that have rolled straight off the factory floor, even getting behind the wheel of some of them.

Various exhibitions touch on the history and future of Toyota Motor Corporation. On display is the company’s latest technology, with robot displays. If you are lucky, you may witness first-hand demonstrations of Toyota’s latest artificial intelligence technology.

Amazing machines and The Toyota Way

The next stop is the Toyota Plant assembly line, where you can see in real time how the vehicles come together from an overhead vantage point. Then make your way to the Toyota Plant Welding Shop, where robots take over from man. Watch in amazement as these immense, dexterous machines piece the automobile together with surprising grace and precision.

The tour concludes back at the Kaikan museum, where your knowledgeable tour guide will answer your questions and teach you about jidoka (“automation with a human touch”), and the Toyota Way.

If you enjoy this…

Car lovers will not want to miss out on the two other Toyota-based museums in Aichi. The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry provides an excellent tour through the history of the company with interactive exhibitions of robotics and modern production technologies.

If you prefer classic cars from decades past, you’ll enjoy the Toyota Automobile Museum and its exhibition of cars from Japan, Europe, and the US from the late 19th century up to the 1960s.

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