What happens when Japan’s biggest automaker decides to make a car-centric theme park? You get the Toyota Mega Web. No, there aren’t any 200 mph rollercoasters or furry mascots to take selfies with, but there are fascinating attractions devoted to how we get around and plenty of crazy Toyota artifacts to geek out on.…
“Itasha” are decal-covered nerdmobiles. One Tokyo garage might be the best place in Japan to spot them.
On any trip to Tokyo, there are plenty of spots for the Nippon-phile to hit. For those of us who are Japanese car fans, the MegaWeb Toyota City Showcase has to be on our list. Crawl all over about just every vehicle Toyota has made in recent years, and then top it off with a test drive around the showcase!
On March 5, 2017, the giant Gundam statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba will be no more. So there’s still time to see it, but not much.
If you choose to make your way out to the great man-over-nature feat of manufactured land tracts that is Tokyo’s Odaiba, you’ll get a chance to go absolutely crazy in Toyota Motor Corporation’s MegaWeb, especially if you are a Toyota fan. However, if classic cars are more your style, do the MegaWeb History Garage…
The main purpose of today’s Jalopnik East excursion was to check out the Toyota Showcase City at Megaweb in Odaiba. Instead, I stumbled into the middle of a private demonstration and test drive event for Bentley... and they let me in!
You would think now that I moved into the metropolitan area of Tokyo and take a 28-minute subway trip from my apartment to my school, that I would no longer want or need my car. Well, this is Jalopnik, so we know that can’t possibly be true. And it sure as hell isn’t.
In my adolescence, I based many of my conceptualisations of Japan on three sometimes questionable sources: my Japanese language lessons programme, Japanese TV, and, yes, anime/manga. And they were all completely dead-on about how awful commuting by train in Tokyo really is.
Vincent Urban filmed this totally bad ass video of Japan that captures so many sides of the country that it makes me want to immediately drop everything and book a ticket to experience what looks like the coolest place on Earth. From the frenetic city streets to the stillness of nature, Japan just does it better and…
It’s amazing what a change of perspective can do—and in this case, a simple camera perspective trick transforms a huge Tokyo airport into an tiny toys set fit for a playroom.
Welcome to Cars of the Ku, a sometimes weekend segment where we highlight a cool car found on the Japanese streets. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for “city ward.” Today, we have this lovely green Fiat 127 I saw on my up-hill, both ways travails through Minato-Ku in central Tokyo. Isn’t it adorable?
Francisco Fuentes’ amazing visual diary of his trip to Japan is so awesomely captured and so well edited and so fun to watch that it makes me want to take a trip there immediately. It’s because every video in the series (there are 12 15-second videos) basically acts as a teaser for his time in that wonderful country.
We’ve covered Magnus Walker’s insane treatments of the original Porsche 911 many times. And every time we think he’s outdone himself, he comes right back and outdoes himself again. And this month where did he show up with his 277 numbered 911? My backyard.
So, you’re going to Japan, huh? Fantastic. You might have some questions. Hopefully, I’ll have some answers.
Photographer Ken Ishii visited the 2014 Tokyo Classic Car Festival near the very famous Meiji Shrine (which is next to the fashion area of Harajuku). His shots are amazing and well worth the potential load times. Personally, I like the yellow BMW Isetta the best.
Ah yes, Akihabara. When you think of Tokyo's "Electric Town", you probably think of retro game shops, arcades, and a sea of anime, manga, and collectible figurines. Add go-karts to that list.
I was just in Tokyo on Important Jalopnik Business, and, as always, I was thinking about you, my readers. Aside from writing "Mrs. Jason Jalopnikreaders" over and over again on my notebook, I made a point to take a stroll through Tokyo so I could give you a glimpse of the very unique carscape of this huge, dense city.
You're looking at Tokyo's newest landmark, the 'Dinosaur' Bridge. Officially known as the Tokyo Gate Bridge — providing a link from the capital to a landfill — it shows what actually happens when a government succeeds in spending $1.4 billion on a bridge to nowhere.