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    Toyotageek's Vehicle Tour, Japan 2010

    Right on the heels of Impulsives report Back from Japan: Vehicle Report, I too am back from Japan and planned on doing something similar. So, here it is, Toyotageek's Vehilce Tour, Japan 2010.

    I posted some of the more nostalgic cars I saw in the main discussion, but here is where all the not vintage and a few non-Japanese cars will be, as well as other vehilces.

    The pictures are mostly in chronological order from the start to the end of my trip. Some pix are better than others, so please excuse the quality or small subject matter of some photos...

    I stayed in Kamakura, and visited various parts of Yokohama and Tokyo, as well as Enoshima and Hakone. This was a trip to visit friends and family, so car stuff was a low priority.

    Enjoy, and comments are always welcome!


    Japan, especially Tokyo, is crawling with taxis. Unfortunately I didn't take as many pictures of taxis as I would have liked - mostly due to timing, and location.

    Toyota Sai (?) Taxi at Haneda International Airport.


    A couple of Crown Comfort taxis at the airport.


    Our Keikyu Limousine bus to Ofuna Station.



    Another Toyota taxi in Kamakura (I think this one is a Toyota Comfort) Can you ID any of the background vehicles?


    And this Toyota Hiace Police Van at the main police office in Kamakura (I can't recall, but I think the patrol car in the background was a Crown. Unfortunately I could not enter the parking lot to take better pictures).


    Some random street shots of Kamakura, that just happened to have cars in them.
    Volkswagen Polo & a Subaru Legacy


    Subaru Justy, & a Honda Civic


    A Lexus and a Toyota

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    More cars!

    My brother-in-laws Honda Step Wagon


    Daihatsu Tanto (?)


    Toyota Prius


    An old Mini - actually saw quite a few of these on the road.


    Hino Cement truck next to a Honda bike (repair?) shop. This truck was small.... so Kawaii!

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    Next set of photos are some of the cars that are on collection at the History Garage in Odaiba. The History Garage is a Toyota facility located near MegaWeb, adjacent to the Venus Fort shopping mall. The collection contains a number of vintage cars from Japan, Europe and the USA. I only took photos of the Japanese cars, but in retrospec I realized I should have taken pictures of the other cars for you to enjoy. My bad, but gives me a reason to go back again next trip.

    Let's take a walk through memory lane...

    The History Garage is set up like a giant diorama, with cars displayed in 'street scene' settings, however, my photos don't really show this effect very well.

    Datsun 1000 truck, circa 1960


    Mazda Carol, circa 1962


    Now we enter the main showroom, which houses a 'history' of Japanese cars.
    To the left we see these examples. The lighting is dim, and a flash doesn't work well, so please bear with the poor pictures, especially of the darker colored cars.


    Subaru 360, circa 1966


    Honda S800, circa 1966


    Nissan Fairlady Z432, circa 1971


    Mazda Cosmo Sport, circa 1971


    More to come...

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    Now let's look to the right of this exhibition hall. Ah, a line-up of mostly Toyotas!


    Toyota Crown, circa 1963


    Toyota Corolla, circa 1969


    Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE27, circa 1973


    Toyota 2000GT MF12 (export version), circa 1967


    And the only non-Japanese car in the room... Delorean, circa 1981


    After this exhibition hall you enter a shop called Grease. This shop is full of automotive collectables - from books to diecast. I bought a magazine, book and DVD here. Once you exit Grease, you are thrust back into the History Garage. There is a small restaurant here, and then we see this festive holiday example of a Toyota...

    Toyota Sports 800, circa 1966-69


    Next were several American and European cars (again, sorry I didn't take pix of them), and the last Japanese car on display was this...

    Toyota Celica GT liftback, circa 1974


    That's it for this level... oh, I forgot to mention, the facility is on two floors! Let's go down to the first level to see some racing history!

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    Now, lets go to the first floor of the History Garage. This is where the Restoration Garage is located as well as various exhibits and cars. The exhibits are models of race cars in various scales (I didn't take any pictures... but I'll try to dig up some old ones I may have). In the past, I have seen F1 cars, Super GT cars and various other race cars on temporaty exhibit. Out on the patio are the same three cars that I think have been there for several years.

    In the Restoration Garage was this Toyota Sports 800, A Carina?, and a Vespa.




    Outside on the patio were these three...

    TS020 GT-One 1998 Le Mans




    Celica Turbo 4WD (ST185) 1995 Safari Rally winner




    2004 JGTC au CERUMO Supra


    Out on the round-about, which is part of the test drive course from MegaWeb was the Toyota iQ EV which just finished up a photo shoot.

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    Next up were some cars I photographed while driving between Kamakura and Yokohama.

    Definately a Crown Police car (GRS180)


    The car in the middle is a Toyota Carina. On the left is another Toyota, and the right a Nissan Moco?.
    Note that a yellow license plate is a Kei car.


    Yellow plate = another Kei car!
    Daihatsu Move Latte


    Is this a Mazda Eunos?


    And a scooter! Any guesses what make?

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    Another day, more cars sighted! One day we went to Enoshima by monorail (pics later). On the way to the station we passed a driving school. Very different from what we have in the US! In Japan, driving schools actually have closed courses that students practice on. The facility not only provides a place for personal drivers license lessons, but bus and truck and motorcycles too! Here are a few photos of the school grounds. You can see two cars driving by, and in the background is a bus that is about to practice backing into a space with "bungee cord" walls.




    Continuing on our way to the monorail station I spotted this Toyota


    Alfa Romeo Spider


    On the island of Enoshima was this Toyota Hiace Postal van.


    And back on the mainland at this Fujisawa Police Enoshima Koban...


    A Suzuki of some sorts.


    And a police scooter.


    And since we're looking at scooters, how about these pizza delivery scooters?!

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    Next day was a trip to Hakone.
    Many of these pictures were taken on the road, and image quality is not as detailed and cars not as large, but I'd like to share them anyways..

    Spotted this Honda Acty at a bike shop


    Another Crown Comfort taxi


    Suzuki Every


    Toyota Ist with a Toyopet dealer in the background


    Hino truck


    A couple of Subarus parked at a Udon restaurant


    A Crown unmarked patrol car along the expressway


    A JAF Dyna tow truck, followed by a Suzuki


    A Dyna flatbed with.... what's on the back?


    Isuzu Elf truck


    Toyota LiteAce in the center, and maybe another on the right?


    Suzuki Carry and a BMW


    Nissan Atlas


    Toyota Celica liftback.
    It was night & we drove by this car parked in a public lot.


    And back at Kamakura, just before dinner I spied this kei truck selling something...


    Still more to come... and some better pictures too!

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    Next up, a trip to Shinjuku and Shinbashi...

    I took better car pictures today. Our pace slowed down, so I walk walk at a more liesurly pace and do some car-seeing.

    These next few were cars we passed almost everyday as we walked to Kita-Kamakura station.

    Toyota Sienta


    Suzuki Alto


    A couple of trash trucks.
    Not certain about the make or model of this one.


    This is either a Dyna or Hino


    A little Suzuki delivery kei truck


    What's in this garage?


    Is it a Honda Beat?


    On the train to Tokyo, spotted some construction machinery


    More to come!

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    Once we made it to Shinjuku, my wife had tea with a friend & I had time to walk around and take some pictures of parked and passing vehicles...

    Daihatsu Hijet



    Hino trash truck


    There was a post office near by, and trucks, vans and scooters were constanty coming and going.
    Suzuki Postal van.


    Postal scooter


    Subaru Sambar?


    Daihatsu


    Mitsubishi Canter


    Honda Zest Spark


    Unknown kei car?


    Crown Comfort 'Tokyo Musen' Taxi


    Unknown


    Unknown


    Kuroneko Yamato Toyota Hiace van


    Sagawa Isuzu ? delivery truck


    DHL Toyota Dyna truck


    Now over to Shinbashi.
    Isuzu Elf truck


    Subaru Sambar


    No motors, but lots of bikes!


    That's not all. I still have a few more to post, but these should keep you busy for a while.
    I hope you enjoy them!

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