Toyota Factory and Museum
Toyota City is home to the Toyota Motor Corporation headquarter and factories, and more than 400 car-related companies. The Toyota Kaikan Museum is located at the site of the corporation and open to visitors, and this is where you can learn more about the company’s newest models and robots. The admission fee is only 500 yen, and you can easily spend around 2 hours here.
If you want to join a factory tour, this is free of charge but please note that you will have to book this in advance. If you are interested in cars and technology, this is a must-do. You will be able to see the assembly plant, and if you are lucky to take the tour at a certain time, you can see the welding shop as well.
If you happen to be in Toyota in November, you can see amazing foliage in the Korankei Gorge which you can reach by public transportation or by car. For those who want to learn more about handcrafts of the area, the Folk Craft Museum is a nice small museum to check out. The Asuke Townscape is a picturesque preserved district that spans 2 kilometers. For an optimal experience, it is a good idea to take one of their free tours. The Obara Paper Art Museum has a washi paper art gallery and plays an important role in educating the public about the traditional skills that craftsmen had and continue to pass on to the next generations. There are also plenty of hot springs in the area.