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.