The Purpose of Founding the Motorcar Museum of Japan
Looking back today, half a century after the end of the second world war, we can see that it has taken just a mere 30 years for Japan to be acknowledged as a global economic power. And it could be said that at the pinnacle of Japan’s industries, which supported Japan’s rise, is none other than the automobile industry.
The extensive collection of the Motorcar Museum of Japan gathers together both foreign and domestic motorized vehicles, and we hope that by seeing these vehicles, many visitors will be encouraged to think about matters such as what the automobile age signifies, what kind of changes motor vehicles have brought onto our transportation society, and how the true development of transportation should be. Our museum was founded on the wish that it could contribute in some way to the transformation of our nation’s motorcars and the further progress of our automobile industry, as well as to the “enhancement of the lives of the Japanese citizens in which people and vehicles coexist harmoniously.”
Motorcar Museum of Japan
History and tradition showcase the extensive collection
The Motorcar Museum of Japan opened as the first automobile museum in Japan in Oyabe city, Toyama Prefecture, in November 1978. Following this, the museum was relocated to its current place in Komatsu city, Ishikawa Prefecture, in June 1995. The museum is housed in an elegant red brick building and in the vast space are 500 still-operable Japanese and foreign vehicles, some dating back to 1900. The motor vehicles showcased the dreams and hopes of the people in each respective time of history, and are brought back to life with the recollections of days gone by.
2004 Shozo Maeda awarded induction to the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame (JAHFA)
Thanks to the enormous support that I have received from everyone, I was awarded and inducted to the prestigious Japan Automotive Hall of Fame by the Committee of Japan Automotive Hall of Fame at the ceremony held on November 15 at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo. This is truly a proud and unexpected honor, and I stand humbled by the enormous responsibility that it signifies.
The name of this organization in English is the Committee of Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, also known by its acronym, JAHFA.
|Museum hours||9:00 - 17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)|
|Museum holidays||Closed every Wednesday
Open when Wednesday falls on a national holiday
|Admission fees||Adults and senior high school students (￥1000)
Elementary school and junior high school students (￥500)
Seniors aged 65 or over 30% discount
Group Admission for 15 or more people 10% discount
Certified persons with disabilities and their care providers 50% discount