Nissan Oppama Plant Tour 日産自動車横浜工場見学
A must for car lovers, see Japan's cutting-edge manufacturing in action
Get an up-close look at the latest in car technology during a 90-minute tour of Nissan's Oppama plant, one of the country's largest plants. Gasoline- and electricity-powered vehicles are built at this sprawling facility.
The tours are only available in Japanese, so interpreters may be necessary
The tours are held twice a day in the morning and afternoon for between two and 20 visitors
Quite a bit of walking is involved, so be prepared
How to Get There
Oppama Station is about a 25-minute train ride from Yokohama Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line. Getting from Oppama Station to the plant requires a 20-minute walk.
Size and technology
A 10-minute video presentation kicks off the tour. You will be given a brief but interesting introduction to the plant and its activities, including its size, more than 1.7 million square meters; its number of employees, more than 3,000; and its methods of manufacturing, which use the latest technology and delivery systems to avoid wasting materials and time. It takes around 16 hours to build a car from start to finish, with almost half of that time devoted to painting.
Ready for the world
The tour includes a trip to the wharf area, where cars are loaded on ships for delivery to other ports in Japan and overseas. If you are lucky, you will see the professional drivers load the cars on the ships at a pace of 100 cars an hour, parking them only 10 centimeters apart. It is also where imported Renault automobiles are modified to fit local specifications before they are sold to Japanese customers.
The visit to the assembly line is the highlight of the tour. The Oppama Plant became the first in Japan to use robots on the production line when it introduced welding robots in 1970. The robots are still an amazing sight to see as they twist and rotate with the precision and grace of an automated ballet.