Museums in Japan
Once home to motorcycle hillclimb races, the picturesque Asama hill is a sacred place for local motorsport enthusiasts. For many years the Asama Volcano Museum had a hall devoted to historical racing bikes. In 2020 it was closed. A year later the Memorial Museum was relocated and reopened on the site of the Asama Ranch Shop.
Circuit no Ookkami (Circuit Wolf) Museum was set up by renowned manga artist, Satoshi Ikezawa. Circuit Wolf manga is quite popular in Japan and internationally as well. The Museum features mostly Italian exotics, some Porsche cars and a Toyota 2000GT
Daihatsu opened this collection in 2007 as part of its centenary celebration. Here people can learn while having fun with a focus on hands-on displays under the themes of "people-friendly" and "earth-friendly" automobile manufacturing. The four-story steel structure with a floor area of 2,900m2 is located adjacent to the Daihatsu Head Office in Ikeda city, Osaka Prefecture.
2022: THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION
Follow the 130-year history of motorsports through a display of forty remarkable racing cars from around the world, and emerge yourself in inspiring episodes from the lives of racing’s most influential people.
This is an “experience-based” museum based on the slogan, “Ride, Watch, Touch, Take Pictures." The exhibits include an old three-wheel car (Batanko) from the 1930s - 1940s, motor-assisted bicycles, Japanese clocks with the temporal hour system of the Edo era, wax dolls, music boxes, three-wheeled charcoal carts, an airplane, a rickshaw, a carriage, Japanese cars, and foreign classic cars by Packard, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet, etc.
Housed in a former warehouse, which was built in 1923 this museum features both Japanese and foreign cars and motorcycles. There are also dealers on site.
Hiroshima City Transportation Museum offers a place to learn about planes, ships, trains, and cars of all times and places, through some 2,000 models. Visitors will get a huge, 20-meter-diameter panoramic view of near-future modes of urban transportation, and will be able to search for information using the computer. The museum also offers driving simulation and special video images. In the open-air square, visitors can try out the "Funny Bikes", uniquely shaped bicycles that they ride in unique ways. This museum provides a completely new type of fun.
What started out as a training exercise for Nakane Motors' staff to practice their metalbeating and painting techniques on old cars led to the collection of classic cars and eventually to the opening of a museum, which displays Japanese and foreign cars from the Showa era.