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“Making Cotton Before Making Cars”

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Ranked #1 of 434 things to do in Nagoya
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

When I read that this was the number one rated attraction in Nagoya I skipped right over it. I had no interest in seeing the evolution of Toyota automobiles. We ended up here because the concierge recommended it. If you share this same sentiment, please keep reading.

This Museum is amazing. I think that it is worth visiting more than once, otherwise, I wish that there was a book for sale in the gift shop. I was completely fascinated by Mr. Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Group and the inventor of the Type G automatic loom (if this sounds unfamiliar, I suggest a Google search). He is the father of "the spirit of being studios and creative".

It is very well laid out, and divided into two main sections--his weaving devices, biography, and history and the Toyota automobile history. As you enter you'll find the history of the property that the factory is built on, a model display case of it, and a short video before entering the weaving loom display. In the weaving looms room there are so many automatic looms spinning cotton to make threads--everything from rough to extremely fine. You'll see how thread is made and then used to create fabric. I have a whole new appreciation for things made of cotton.

The staff was amazing. They gave me a personal tour and tried their hardest to speak English. They walked me through all the machines and even allowed me to take a sample of the very fine cotton that looked like ice cream. All of the looms, all the automatic ones, the cotton spinner machines, everything, it is absolutely incredible. The fact that a Museum of this caliber exists is incredible, and you only pay $5 or $6? The best money you'll ever spend.

The Toyota automobile manufacturing side of the museum is very nice also, although, it was the loom section of this Museum that won it five stars.

My only disappointment with this Museum was that there was no decent souvenir that I could take away. The gift shop had majority Toyota automobile novelty type things. I was looking for a history book or biography of Sakichi Toyoda, a brass Type G keychain or souvenir thing, or anything else that had to do with the loom side of things.

I hope that you enjoy this factory as much as I did! It was an incredible find.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

If you have knowledge on mechanical engineering, it would be a great experience to visit the museum, especially the automobile manufacturing section. Otherwise, it may not be a must see.

It is very easy to get to the museum. You can just walk there from nagoya station, it takes about 15 min. Alternatively, you can take the sightseeing bus (200 yen for each ride) which stops at all major attractions in nagoya (including nagoya station), it will take you right to the entrance of the museum.

Thank Ken S
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

The museum was the original red brick factory of Toyota, manufacturing automatic loom. The museum divided into 2 main sections, automatic loom and automobile. It's amazing to learn the evolution of the automation from early years till modern computerized machine.

There are quite a number of vintage cars displayed at the automobile sections. The museum provide very comprehensive information and displays from technology, safety and manufacturing process.

There are also children area where kids can make their own model car and token for souvenir. The guide were very patience and English instructions will be provided.

There is also a large children play area section outside the exhibit hall where kids can experiment and drive mini cart for 1-2hours while you enjoy your coffee at nearby cafe. Don't miss it if you bring your children along.

Thank DesmondLim
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a must see if you are in the Nagoya region.
It was a great surprise to us as visitors to find out that Mr. Sakichi Toyoda who is often referred to as the father of the Japanese industrial revolution, invented numerous weaving devices. His most famous invention was the automatic power loom. The automatic loom patent was sold to Platt Brothers & Co., Ltd. of the UK.
In 1932 and with the money his son established the automotive industry,septic's thought that neither of these enterprises would ever work in Japan!
There are two sections: first the textile pavilion, then the automotive pavilion. In the textile pavilion, they have beautifully preserved looming and weaving machines that are still functioning. If you ask an attendant, they would be glad to demonstrate. They all speak good English. The automotive pavilion was amazing. It went through the history of Toyota in very well laid out format. It was very educational. If you are interested in cars, this is the place to learn all about how engines work. There are working models to show how they work and very technical explanations. There are videos and a hands-on learning area for children.

2  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

20 minute walk from Nagoya station and you will arrive at this large and very informative museum - the whole place smacks of quality............Toyota quality! As you would expect there are excellent displays (some interactive) and hosted by friendly, helpful staff who gave brief demonstrations were possible. The textile/weaving building (yes I thought Toyota where only cars) was without doubt the best part of the museum, that said the automobile building was also impressive too. Allow a t least half a day for your visit, a full day would be better if you can spare the time. Not the best cafe and restaurant but adequate is within the buildings, so you should not starve or be thirsty.

2  Thank LastMinuteLarry
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