Attraction 青海一丁目3番12号, 江東区 東京都 135-0064, Japan Published on: 05-04-2016
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Why MegaWeb Toyoto City Showcase is special ?
To be a part of the huge Palette Town development that opened in 1999, Mega Web certainly lives up to its name. Its giant Ferris wheel – at 115m (383ft) one of the tallest in the world – is visible for miles, and lit with amazing kaleidoscopic patterns at night. Beneath it is the world’s largest car showroom, the Toyota City Showcase. Here you can sit in the newest models, take a test drive (¥300) on the two-lap track (Japanese or international driver’s licence required) or be ferried around in the company’s self-driving electric town-car prototypes (¥200). Expect a queue for tickets, especially at weekends.
What to explore at MegaWeb Toyoto City Showcase?
The centerpiece of this facility is the Toyota City Showcase, where new Toyota models are displayed before they can be seen anywhere else. Although visitors can test-drive cars that interest them, Saturdays and Sundays are so busy that it is difficult to make a reservation.
In Hybrid Wonderland, visitors can learn about hybrid thinking, which involves combining two things so that the resulting combination can do something that neither of the two elements could on its own. They can also learn about the latest hybrid cars, which combine a gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a battery. For children there is the Kids Hybrid Ride One, which makes hybrid vehicles easy to understand. Kids get to put together and pedal a motor-assisted hybrid cart.
Also popular is the Electric Vehicle Commuter. Visitors can enjoy riding this next-generation vehicle. And while catching a glimpse of the future, they can also take a nostalgic trip back in time in the History Garage, which has many historic cars from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
How to get to MegaWeb Toyoto City Showcase?
By car:Approximately 5 minutes from the Ariake, Rinkai-Fukutoshin, or Daiba Exit
From Haneda Airport:A direct bus is available from Haneda Airport
By train:Directly connected to Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Line or 3 minutes by foot from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
By bus:Toei Bus/Keikyu Bus Tokyo Teleport Station, Toei Bus Palette Town-mae (Aomi-eki-mae), Keikyu Bus Palettte Town-mae
- Car enthusiasts will appreciate this!
- Toyota Showroom
- First Class Toyota Showroom
- Kids Had Fun Driving
- Interesting free car museum
青海一丁目3番12号, 江東区 東京都 135-0064, Japan
Tips for you
We were in the Odaiba area and saw the area about having your little kids learn to drive a car and taking it for a few practice laps on their indoor track. We arrived at 4:30PM, but all of the reservations were taken for the rest of the day. There are three tracks, including one for kids under 5 that is free and you just have to wait for...so my 5 year old got to drive the kiddie cars while my 7 year old couldn't do anything. As you can imagine, this went over not so well...so we promised him we would come back the next morning. We came the next morning on a Monday and there was already a 1.5 hour wait for him to do his 15 minute training. Once your child does the 15 minute training, they are given a temporary license and can drive on the test track. After they complete the real track, they are given a "real" license and they can go as many times as they wish for the 200 yen each time. My son had a blast, and the workers there really seemed to enjoy kids and made the kids feel like special like they were real drivers. I can't remember being anywhere that the employees seemed to really like the kids like they did here. Major credit to Toyota for the people they have hired to do this. I also liked being able to watch my son on the TV provided in the waiting area via the dash mounted camera. The only reason I didn't give the 5 stars though was because the reservation times are pretty hard to come by on a weekend unless you get in early which could lead to an unhappy youngster. I also didn't like how you couldn't drive the faster go-kart type cars unless you knew Japenese "because the instructions were in Japanese only." I don't speak a word of Japanese, but Hertz says I can take their cars and drive them all over Japan through crazy Tokyo and other cities on the wrong side of the road (from a US perspective), but I can't drive a little go-kart on an enclosed track because I don't speak Japanese? Maybe there is some reason I don't know about, but after driving through Tokyo I would think driving in the Indy 500 would be simple...and I don't understand why Toyota isn't allowing us to drive their go-karts because of a language barrier.