If you are in Odaiba and need something to fill a little bit of time, look no further than the Toyota History Garage. And if you are a car lover, then it'll probably be the closest thing to heaven on earth! The museum is run by Toyota, but you can see cars from many different companies and different time periods. There might be bigger and better car museums in Japan, but this is probably the best of its type in Tokyo.
Most of the cars are on the second floor where you`ll find some in a Japanese garage-type area along yakitori, toy, book and a camera shop. The first floor also has some cars as well as the Alessandra Nannini cafe, a gift shop with loads of models cars to look at or buy. There is even a working garage where you can see the mechanics working on cars and even pay them a visit. It really is the complete museum, and one that is very enjoyable to visit.
When I visited the History Garage in December 2018 some of the cars I saw on display I visited included: 1) a Nissan Skyline GTR 2000; 2) a Publica; 3) a Cadillac Series 62; 4) a Datsun 16 from 1937; 5) a Delorean DMC-12; 6) a Toyota Celica GT-Four rally car from 1985; 7) a Honda s800, and; 8) a Toyota 2000GT which appeared in the James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice”. And on top of that, they also have special displays that change regularly.
The cars get changed every so often, which can be both good and bad. It just depends on what kind of cars you like. For example, when I visited the museum in 2016 they had quite a few American muscle cars from the 1960s on display, but in 2018 it was mostly domestically produced Japanese vehicles. I doubt it’ll be a big problem for any car fan as all the vehicles on display are excellent.
The History Garage is a great place for a visit, and it isn't only about cars. With it being located in the Venus Fort shopping center, there is a lot to do after you've finished visiting the cars. Of course you can shop and eat, but there is a lot to do in Odaiba too, such as walk across Rainbow Bridge, visit the Museum of Maritime Science; go shopping, take pictures of the Statue of Liberty,or check out the Gundam cafe and Fuji Television, just to name a few. You can see the museum's homepage here.
How to get to the History Garage?
The History Garage is located in the Venus Fort shopping center in Odaiba. There are two ways to get there. If you are coming from Shinbashi, use the Yurikamome monorail, get off at Aomi station and you`ll see Venus Fort just across the road. You can also use the Rinkai line which you can get from Shinjuku or Shibuya and get off at Tokyo Teleport. If you are walking to Venus Fort from somewhere in Odaiba, but not sure of the direction just look for the giant Ferris wheel and head towards it. Here is a Google Map to help you:
It is open seven (7) days a week from 11am to 9pm, however it is closed one Monday per month. Please check the website to see which Monday.
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