The Tokyo Motor Show is one of the world’s biggest motor exhibitions, taking place every two years. The most recent show in 2011 was open to the public from December 3rd – 11th in Odaiba’s Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
Both domestic and international vehicles were present unlike the previous show, which was exclusively domestic due to the poor economy. Many of the cars have their debut here and is the perfect chance for visitors to climb inside these mechanical beauties.
The majority of the show is dedicated to passenger vehicles, where leading manufacturers show off their cutting edge technology. Unfortunately, you can’t touch or enter all of these vehicles on display, so the next best thing is to take ridiculous amounts of photos…
Commercial vehicles (coaches/buses) and motorcycles have their own dedicated section, although they seemed to attract a miniature crowd compared to the passenger vehicles.
The Tokyo Motor Show also has several booths displaying car parts, tools, tyres and entertainment systems. Here you can see some of the latest technology that goes into making new vehicles safer and more comfortable to use.
One of the best things about the expo is the option to take a car for a test spin on a customized track. The show always attracts huge crowds, so make sure you bring your own drinks and food. I found all the vending machines empty at a time I needed them most (this never happens in Japan)!
Admission was 1,500 yen but well worth the visit, whether you’re a passionate car fanatic or not.
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