Back in Odaiba, I wrote about our trip, mainly around the Gundam Base. While in Odaiba, we also managed to visit the Toyota History Garage.
While the Mega Web is the main attraction here, we didn’t have enough time to go there. And since we were coming from Diver City, the closest attraction that we soon reached was the History Garage as we entered Venus Fort from the side. The History Garage, was actually a surprise as it wasn’t the museum I was looking at the map for. But for it to be there, just as soon as we entered the doors, well, it was an invitation that should not be turned down.
The History Garage is free to enter. Yes, free to enter. With the amount of automotive history inside, you would be surprised that they don’t charge you a single Yen for it. You would also think that since it is by Toyota, that it would be filled with only Toyota vehicles. Again, you would be surprised that it is filled with other manufacturer automobiles. And it’s not just Japanese domestic market cars as well because there is a good assortment of American and European cars in this huge garage.
You have cars that have graced the history of the automotive world lined up neatly in a diorama-like setting. It adds to the nostalgia of the already nostalgic vehicles. There are cars that are lesser known to me and cars that already have an iconic status like the Toyota 2000GT in its very recognizable white paint job. There is also a Mazda Cosmo, also in its signature white paint job. There was a 1961 Toyota Corona, a 1966 Honda S600, a 1967 Toyopet and a 1963 Toyota Crown. The license plates on these cars give you the year of the car’s production, and these cars are as mint as they come. There is a BMW Isetta, a DeLorean DMC-12, Lotus Elan roadster, and a Ferrari Dino among others scattered throughout the museum. And that is just on the inside. Outside, you have a Nissan 240Z and a Jaguar E-type convertible.
While wandering about inside, I was drawn to a set of stairs leading down. It was a pleasant surprise that it led down to a shop selling die-cast toys of various scales and manufacturers. From Tomicas to AutoArt, from 1:64 to 1:8 scale, there is more than enough metal in these toys to build a 1:1 scale car. There are other paraphernalia for sale as well such as tin wall displays and old car number plates. It would have been easy to burn through your wallet and melt your plastic in that shop. Across the shop is the café where you can cool off and just rest your tired feet. But you may not get the chance as you will also soon notice that the Toyota Motorsport Heritage section is on the same level. Here are various Toyotas that have competed in different motorsports around the world. The hero cars here though are Toyota’s rally mainstay, the Toyota Celica. The History Garage is definitely a recommended itinerary for gearheads or even those who have even just a remote affinity with cars.