Ok, this post is a bit SUPER SUPER late and I have forgotten why. I think it was because I had more photos in my old iPhone to add here but I have forgotten it mostly.
Well this is the last leg of the #yourmeiinapril chronicles and the next one is still not certain considering how difficult it is to sort out at the moment. I am not going to jinx myself about it since right now, it is being difficult.
Anyway! More photos since I practically spent a day still in Nagoya so check their stories below!!
After I got my things fixed and pretty much prepared for my trip, I got myself these photos of my Hotel. Haha, I recommend it if you need a cheap yet comfortable accommodations in Nagoya!
Will see this again in my next Japan trips!
My first destination for the day, not counting the Thunder Tower (That’s the name of Nagoya TV Tower actually), is Oasis 21. This is actually a bus station mostly, but on its basement levels are several shops and the nearest Information Center if you are in the Sakae area. I had to head to Oasis 21 to get myself one of the passes for the sightseeing bus so I can pass the time while waiting for my flight that evening.
The nice ladies at the Information Center recommended to me getting the Shoryudo One Day Bus and Subway Pass. I already know of this pass since I originally intended of getting it for my weekday passes. They told me the pass does include the sightseeing pass and even told me of the discounts I could get when I show it around. So with their advise, I got one for 600 yen and the booklet as to where I can use the pass! The booklet is free too!
Since I was going to go sightseeing (Sort of), I went to Nagoya Station and located the Bus Stop where all the buses would pass. In my case, I needed to get the one that is for the sightseeing route which is in gate 11.
Here’s the sched of the buses. As it was a weekday, the interval is every hour so I was lucky to catch the 11:30 am bus.
KIRIN is one of my favorite brands. They got my favorite Apple Juice. Hahaha!
The sightseeing bus in Nagoya is actually in Gold! If you don’t want to get the Shoryudo, you can easily pay your fee in the bus itself using your IC cards or on the ticketing machine they got in the bus.
My first destination in the bus is the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. This is actually one of the few Toyota-related museums in Nagoya since it is actually the home of the brand. They even have a city in Aichi-ken called Toyota. This museum details the history on how the Toyota Company began.
Basic details of the place in Japanese. Tickets to this place is actually 500 yen for adults. But if you have the special discount passes like the Shoryudo and show it to the ticketing staff, you get a discount!
The first thing to see when you get in TCMIT is this beautiful loom. It actually runs in certain times and it is one of the first pieces Toyota actually made.
The first section of TCMIT deals with how the company first started, as a textile company. They created looms that made it easier to produce cloths for various items. If you are in a group, they do special demonstrations on how each part of a textile loom works and if you don’t want to check the group demos, some of the displays come with a small switch you can press which would get the machine to work. There’s also some great displays of the pieces made by these looms and you can even buy them at the museum shop. I didn’t buy one though coz for one, handkerchiefs and towels can get lost in my house.
Of course, there’s something from the motherland there :)
These shots are on the route to the Automotive Pavillion. TCMIT is actually very very big and as you see, the views are very nice and filled with natural light.
Toyota also makes and studies robotics! These guys actually play at certain times. I didn’t catch it sadly since I arrived too late :(
Toyota didn’t actually go straight to building cars. They actually started with bikes and reverse engineered uniwheels from the US before making motorcycles to see if they can push for it.
Here’s the example of the uniwheel they tried to reverse engineer and study.
Most of Toyota’s first car parts were made entirely on their site in the country.
Toyota’s first car!
They also made trucks, which they roadtested in Japan.
Of course, you get to see all the examples of the engines, drive train and body of Toyota’s earlier cars there. Sadly there wasn’t a V12 I can switch on there.
The display for the parts of the car are actually in the second floor. This is the view you get from the second floor to the first floor.
This is the Toyota G Truck!
This is how the first Toyota car was produced and assembled.
They also got some pretty heavy duty stuff in the TMIT floor, including this Danly Press, a ton press to glue everything together. They still use something like this in car production today. And yes, you get to see how it works every few minutes.
Of course, you also get to see the robots which assist in painting, welding and painting the car together. You can see how it works thanks to their automatic system.
Prius and the Mirai, Toyota’s Electric cars
After I saw the entire display and went to check the museum shop (Which sells a lot of goodies, including those related to the TCMIT), you also get to see this robot. Again, the performance is timed per hour and since I wanted to get a move on, I missed it. Hahaha
The bus took a while to come back for the next route (which would have been the Noritake Garden) so I ended up returning to Nagoya Station on the next bus and look for lunch. Here’s the view of the JR Nagoya Towers and the nearby buildings.
As I was in Japan and about to leave, I had to make a stop at Ichiran!
Extra orders anyone? Lol!
I actually returned to Osu Kannon after lunch even if I have already visited it two days earlier. I wanted to get one of those croissants we had for take home and I have noticed I mostly visited Shrines before I left in my previous trips. Since I had time and practically opted to do it as a tradition, Osu Kannon it was.
Interestingly enough, I got to see their regular flea market which always happens on the 18th of every month. They got some pretty crazy stuff on display and sale like Katanas, old toys, idol cards and masks.
Me and Osu Kannon! Lol, the scarf I used is my towel from the live. It wasn’t as cold as before when I visited.
Osu Kannon Shopping District
The motherland is indeed calling me. Hahaha!
Bye Osu Kannon and bye Nagoya!
When I got back to Nagoya Station, I grabbed my bags from the locker I left it in and pretty much waited for the next train to Chubu Centrair. Fares are actually cheap online as noted in my Day 1 post. But if you don’t have the roundtrip one, simply charge your IC card with 1,280 yen!
Huhuhu, its goodbye!
The airport was a long trek and pretty much I had to go on a roadtrip since I had to pay extra for my extra baggage (always include an extra luggage limit on your ticket when going home. Its heck expensive when you just pay on the counter).
The gates after you pass all the other checks before the airline gates. Our gate was quite far… gate 15 which is in the middle end of the terminal.
So empty Chubu. Technically we were one of the last airlines leaving the country.
Flights in Chubu around that time.
When I got to a seat, had dinner. My Taiyaki!
My fellow travellers to the Philippines.
Boarding pass. Shame I never got to keep the other half like my other ticket.
Got a window seat up front this time.
Since I was didn’t order the pre-order meals, I just got myself these to add to the taiyaki I ate. Pretty good.
Kamusta, I’m back! This is a part of NAIA’s exhibit to show how Filipinos welcome guests. They got some interesting pieces on display.
Ahhh! I am going to miss Japan!!! My next trip will be on TBA for now and I have learnt a lot of things to consider for my next trip.
Next entry is on the works!!!
Look forward to it!