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Hey guys, I didn't think to ask before I left, but does anyone have any suggestions on any car related things to see in Japan?

I'd love to go see the Nissan Heritage Collection but it's booked out til May apparently.

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Nissan headquarter in Yokohoma.

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On the list for sure. Apparently we can check out engine builds but need an appointment for the tour.

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Thinking about going to Japan on a holiday next year, so cheers for starting the topic!! :) Pretty excited about it......

 

We are wondering on best time of the year to go, their Spring is best from what I've heard, or alternatively their Autumn are considered most comfortable.

 

The Tokyo motorshow is apparently going to be "LATE" 2015 from what I've read if you were planning on seeing this motorshow too.

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we went around april, right on time for sakura season, which was great. otherwise if you have a list of things you want to see, time it to see them (eg a superGT race, drift event, sumo competition, car show eg TAS or whatever)

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we went around april, right on time for sakura season, which was great. otherwise if you have a list of things you want to see, time it to see them (eg a superGT race, drift event, sumo competition, car show eg TAS or whatever)

 

Do you remember what else was on in April when you travellled?  Can you recommend cities where you stayed or other general advice?

 

Air Asia sales which have been running recently have return flights for 2 people at about $850! That's to OSAKA from memory.

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Of course, TAS would be really awesome (if timing is right).

 

The new Nismo HQ in Yokohama looks like it's worth a visit too.

http://www.gtrlife.com/_/gt-r-lif/nismo-hq-gallery-visit-r124

 

 

Yup, I went to TAS at the start of the year, one of the most amazing shows Ive ever been to, beats the absolute crap out of MAS. Highlight of the show would have been the Nismo GTR but thats old news now.

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Hi guys, been slack with the replies, sorry. I've been back for a week now just de-pressurising.
 
Had an awesome trip but had a little bit of bad luck too. The basic idea was to have 2 weeks in Tokyo, 2 nights in Hakone and 5 nights in Kyoto. Having done it now, unless you plan out your time in Tokyo, 2 weeks is probably a bit much. I think you can fill 2 weeks there, especially if you've got folks to visit, but if you're going as a general tourist 1 week is plenty. I'd recommend 3-4 nights in Hakone; there's a lot to do and see there. Kyoto doesn't need 5 nights. I'd say a night or two would be better spend elsewhere.
 
Given my experiences, I'd spend a good chunk of time planning before you go, as I relied on my flatmate a little too much (he'd been there 4 times before) for things to do. Wish I'd known about that Nismo HQ, for example. Another thing that I wasn't really aware of is that many places in Japan have to be booked in advance, even some shrines. Do your homework. We rocked up to the Anime Expo and it was sold out, for example. Studio Ghibli, the most famous Japanese animation studio has a theme park (no rides) that can be booked out for 2-3 weeks depending on the season.
 
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We made it out to Fuji Speedway for a round of the D1GP, but due to hectic weather, the round was eventually cancelled. No refunds... Here's some of the photos I got:
 
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Apparently Tatsumi is the name of the 'famous' car meet in Yokohama under the overpasses. We had tried to organise a ride in to check it out on a Friday night with one of the guys from 7tune, but again, weather cancelled the event...
 
What we did get to see was plenty of Sakura. Full bloom in Tokyo in our second week. Skip Ueno park and go to Shinjuku Gyoen if you're in Tokyo.
 
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And bunch of other random shots:
 
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Japan is one of the best countries I've ever been to, by far (I've lived and travelled all over Europe). Nicest people with an amazing culture. I'll be back.
 

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Great post, +1 cheers for sharing your experiences :)

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Nissan global HQ in Yokohama is a great place to go with you want to view the history of nissan and also new concept cars. i was at Nissan HQ in 2012 and here are soem snaps from it:

 

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Nissan Simulator (basically GT5 with nissan only cars):

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Infor desk:

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GTR 35 race car

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retired super JGTC r34 gtr

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Fly out tomorrow for a ski in Niseko.  I'l be staying for 3 nights in Tokyo ( Shinjuku ) before hand, really looking forward to getting on a Bullet Train and heading out somewhere. 

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Awesome photos

 

I love high speed electric trains, there is nothing else that has linear acceleration through to top speed!!!

The Shanghai MagLev was awesome, 430kmph

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I went to the Nismo festival last year. I've got too many photos to post but you can check some of them out via http://instagram.com/cooki_monsta/. Unfortunately the Omori factory was closed when I was free to visit. They're usually closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays: http://www.nismo.co.jp/omori_factory/access_map/. What was worse? Nissan HQ was also closed at the time of my visit as they were setting up a new exhibit to celebrate 80 years! :(

I did manage to visit Liberty Walk just outside of Nagoya though. Masa let me have a copy of 'motorhead' as a souvenir and was kind enough to drive me to the local autobacs after!

 

If you're ever visiting outside of the snow season, hire a 370Z and drive the Toyo Tires Turnpike. It really is awesome. You'll find professionals doing photo shoots sometimes, near the bottom of the uphill run.

 

Oh, you can also take a tour of the Toyota manufacturing plant, or parts of it at least. You do have to book in advance though. Just as you do with the hiring of a Z or Skyline. You won't have any luck with a GTR unles you're over 35. Yes, I have enquired hahaha

 

If you want to visit a automotive store like Autobacs, be sure to visit a Super Autobacs as they stock more items. The one in Kyoto is perhaps the easiest to get to. I used to walk past every day when I lived there. It's about a 40 minute walk west of Kyoto or a 20 minute bus ride for about 250 JPY each way.
 

Got to love Japan! :)

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omg wow!!!

 

do you have anymore pics of the nissan HQ

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I have done so much in Tokyo

Hope I can share some pics soon

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i do have more!

 

turbo engine:

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nissan v6:

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Outside the HQ:

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Some intro show:

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Nismo March:

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GTR 35:

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