To most people, a modified car is something with new wheels, a louder exhaust, and some stickers. But the world of possibility is so, so, so much more.
In the middle of Yokohama Bay sits Daikoku Futo, which draws car enthusiasts from both Tokyo and Yokohama.
It’s a scene, as we detailed a few years back:
What happens when you have a city of 13.6 million people on one side and a city of 3.7 on the other? It means at least some of them are bound to be into cars, and some of those people are going to need a place to come and meet. Luckily for them, there’s Daikoku Futo, quite possibly the most famous parking lot in Japan.
Continuing on from the nightlife at Tatsumi [Parking Area in Tokyo], Daikoku Parking Area is also a motorway rest area that just happens to be a place of worship for Japanese car culture. Whereas Tatsumi is more popular with the Tokyo locals, attracting the more exotic stuff, Daikoku on any given night is even more of your Tokyo Drift fantasies come to life.
The lot fills up with unplanned meets, and has been for decades. And if you’re wondering what that looked like in peak Fast and the Furious years, look no further than 2002’s High Performance Imports v5, part of a series of Australian DVD features touring Japan’s car culture.
Of particular interest are the vans, which absolutely stretch your imagination of what a modified vehicle can be. Murals, completely custom bodykits, taillights on stalks. It is an extension of 1970s van’ing taken to such a tuner extreme.
I can’t get enough.