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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • 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
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • 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
Kanto
Kanto
  • 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
Tokai
Tokai
  • 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
Kansai
Kansai
  • 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
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • 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
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • 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
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • 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
Okinawa
  • 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

Attraction

Mazda Museum マツダミュージアム

The Mazda corporation have been around in one iteration or another since 1920, and this rich and lengthy history is celebrated at the Mazda Museum, which houses some of the most iconic automobiles from Mazda's extensive back catalogue

Split into 7 distinct sections, the Mazda Museum welcomes guests with some of their most beautiful creations that have graced a production line. From the Entrance Hall, guests are led through an in-depth history of the company and how it has adapted through the years to stay relevant and dynamic. Mazda today is known as a forward thinking company, and the Entrance Hall gives a brief explanation of some of their most impressive achievments.

Quick Facts

The company is named both after its founder, Jujiro Matsuda and the Zoroastrian God of Life, Ahura Mazda

The first line of the now famous Roadster Mazda MX-5 was launched in 1989

In 2000, the MX-5 Roadster was entered into the Guinness Book or World Records as the best selling two-seater sports car, after selling more than 500,000 cars

How to Get There

It can be accessible by train.

Take an eastbound train on the Sanyo or Kure line and get off at Mukainada Station. It is a 5 minute walk from the south exit of the train station.

Diving into the technology

For those who have an admiration or curiosity concenring the technology unique to Mazda sections three and four of the museum explore their rotary engine and technology respectively. Although Mazda is not alone in using a rotary engine over a more traditional piston engine, but they are recognized for creating engines that are both small in size and high in power.

From the factory floor to the unknown future

Area 5 is an impressive exploration of an assembly line, which gives guests an insight as to how these cars are mass produced, and the engineering that goes into evenry single car.

Section 6 explores the possibilities that lie ahead for Mazda and the concepts they may well explore in the near future. These concepts are often updated, edited and replaced, so it is very interesting to see what direction the company may be heading in.

Shopping

The museum has a small but well stocked shop that offers a variety of souveniers and gifts, from snacks, trinkets and clothes, to accurate replicas of their cars.

Mazda also has Hiroshima's baseball and soccer team under their wing, so there is a long list of Hiroshima Carp's (baseball team) and Sanfrecce Hiroshima (soccer team) goods to purchase.