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Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula

Toyota: Nagoya’s Mainstay


It may like the kind of activity for only the most dedicated of but you don’t need to be into to be awed by the Toyota museum and tour.

Few things in Japan are as as Toyota. Working men drive trucks, families get about in its wagons, and executives are rarely in anything other than a luxury sedan or limo. the Emperor gets driven in one of the Aiichi automaker’s creations—a $500,000 Toyota Century Though the company has had its troubles in years—with heavy financial during the global financial and a succession of unfortunate recalls —in Toyota is still synonymous quality and innovation. And it’s not to see why if you head to Toyota City a city named after the for a tour of one of Toyota’s high-tech car

What’s in a Name?

Although the company was founded by Kiichiro and early models were with his surname, Toyoda decided to drop the da for a ta, and the Toyota was born. The reason? Firstly, ta clearer, but more importantly, written in katakana Toyota 8 brush strokes, a number to be fortuitous. Toyoda uses 10.

Touring Toyota

For many the Japanese company, Toyota was a figure in Japan’s remarkable recovery. Its success has in large been attributed to its pioneering and approach to production and management—the Production System—based around production and jidoka (automation a human touch). With the Toyota makes only is needed, when it is needed. The is Toyota’s way of building quality into each stage of the process—as you’ll hear on the each worker on the Toyota line has the power to bring the line to a halt if they a defect.

Toyota i-unit

The tour itself, in the company of an guide and up to 40 other visitors, at 11 am with a quick bus trip to one of nearby plants—the Motomachi where Toyota makes its Mark X, and Estima models; the Plant, where the Corolla and iQ are produced; or the Tsutsumi Plant, rolls out Camry, Premio, and autos. Whichever plant you end up at, the stop, the welding shop, is to wow. It’s a blur of and sparks as state-of-the-art robots more than 90% of the more 3,000 welding spots it to secure almost 400 different to each car.

After that, it’s back on the bus and off to the main part of the tour—an hour walking the sprawling assembly shop, the workers below rapidly parts as the cars flow along the production line. All the against a backdrop of beeps, lights, and noisy air jet blasts, the reels off an astonishing list of and figures: about 38,000 of parts pass through factory daily; a single car almost 30,000 parts; and 300 cars roll off the line a day at plant.

Touring Details

You need to be at the (Exhibition Hall) by 10:30 am to in for the 11 am tour, which gives time to explore the museum’s exhibits on environmentally friendly motor sports, and safety—try the simulator to test out Toyota’s safety measures. You’ll be able to get hands-on with the Toyota and Lexus models, a quick musical performance by Toyota’s partner robot, and see a of the futuristic i-unit, a single-passenger vehicle that was created for the Expo in 2005.

Updated: 01-2014

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