Sunday, August 26, 2018

Japan Travel: Nagoya: Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Do you know that the manufacturer of Toyota cars did not start with manufacturing cars? The founder of Toyota Group, Saikichi Toyoda, actually started with textile machinery! We visited Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya, Japan. Our children enjoyed this museum very much!

We first visited Technoland, where the children learnt about principles and mechanisms in textile machinery and automobiles through hands-on activities. The reason why they enjoyed this place so much - driving around Techno Circuit. We had to drive by following a star displayed on the floor, even as an experienced driver, I did not score well!

The children learnt about transmission by selecting the appropriate gear.

This activity requires hand-eye coordination as we had to press the pistons at the appropriate timing for ignition.

We learnt about two brake systems - drum and disk brakes.

This is not just a cycling game. As we cycled, there was frost forming on the tree in the container! Really cool!

Inside the wind tunnel, we experienced different wind speed and observed how wind resistance changed as we changed our posture.

Some of the activities have height requirement. For the younger children below 6 years old, they can enjoy themselves at this play area.

Do take note that on weekends, public holidays as well as summer and winter holidays, there is a system of limited rotating admission to Technoland. The duration of each session is 50 minutes to 1 hour, and it is limited to 150 people per session. So be there early and register to avoid disappointment!

The children had so much fun at Technoland that they were reluctant to leave! Finally we moved on the visit the museum!

At Textile Machine Pavilion, we learnt about the basic of spinning and weaving technologies, as well as the development of spinning machine technology and loom technology.

After that, we visited Automobile Pavilion, where we learnt about the development of car components and car production.

Fun fact: Toyota was actually known as "Toyoda" in the beginning!

Another highlight of the visit for the children was to assemble Toyoda Model AA pull-back toy car! This activity is free, and is open on weekends and public holidays. How I wished I could make one for myself, but this activity is for children only. The children first collected the parts from a "buffet" line, and obtained the chassis that was freshly made from a machine.

The toy car looked very similar to the replica of Toyoda Model AA.

It was interesting to see the evolution of Toyota automobiles.

As we were leaving the museum, we saw the Partner Robots.

There are also many different demo sessions, so check the schedule if you are interested.

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is such an educational and fun place! We strongly recommend you to visit there if you are in Nagoya, and we suggest to visit on a weekend for the assembly of toy car if you are bringing children along. 

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Opening hours: 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m., close on Monday
Admission fee: 500 yen for adult, 300 yen for junior and senior high school students, 200 yen for elementary school student, free for senior aged above 65.
How to get there: Take Meitetsu Railway Nagoya Line, alight at Sako Station. Walk about 5 minutes.

Our Central Japan Travelogue June 2018

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