Mazda Museum

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Mazda Museum
4.5
10:00 - 11:30, 13:30 - 15:00
Monday
10:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 15:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 15:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 15:00
Thursday
10:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 15:00
Friday
10:00 - 11:30
13:30 - 15:00
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StripeyMiata
Lisburn, UK631 contributions
Amazing Museum, Amazing Staff
Jul 2019
I have owned the same car for roughly the same time, an Eunos Roadster imported from Japan in December 1997. And earlier this year, I got to visit where in was made, in Hiroshima, Japan.

Mazda are big in Hiroshima, as well as the factory they sponsor the Baseball Stadium (the Mazda Zoom-Zoom), have a hospital and their own port.

Visiting the plant and Museum is free, but they have only one English Tour a day, so you need to book in advance, which I did via their site about 6 months before we left for Japan. The tour starts in the Main Headquarters of Mazda, which is part of the Ujina 1 Plant. It’s only 20 minutes by train from Hiroshima, but the day started badly as my 9-year-old daughter was still sick from a combination of travel sickness and the time difference. So we had to get a taxi, which was interesting in itself in that Japanese Taxi drivers wear a uniform of suit, hat and gloves. Their cars are usually Toyota Crowns covered in dolly fabric with self-opening and closing doors and wing mounted mirror. In the Headquarters reception, they have their current fleet and rotate something unusual, the day I was there it was the Eunos Café Racer concept from 1989 but apparently, I just missed the Mazda Furai concept car. Once you register for the tour, you get a tour pass, some details about the tour and board a bus to take you south to Ujina 2 which is on the coast only reachable via a private bridge that Mazda owns. The bridge is closed to the public apart from once a year as part of a marathon. Unfortunately my daughter had to stay behind with her Mum in the headquarters reception as she felt too ill to tour.

Once on the bus unfortunately pictures were banned of the bridge and main complex, but it was huge, the factory is about 420 acres. The Museum itself is split into 6 sections, once you arrive at the Museum you enter section one, the Entrance Hall. This has the current model range, and a cinema where you watch a film about the history of Mazda, from the early days of 3 wheelers, the Atomic Bomb attack of 1945 and up to the modern day.

Then you walk upstairs to the History Hall, On the left as you come in, are what Mazda consider as their two most important cars in their history, the Mazda Cosmo 1100 and the Eunos Roadster aka Mazda MX5. On the right, they have cars starting from their first three wheelers all the way up to the modern day. The last car was an ordinary Mazda Demio (sold here as the Mazda 2) which surprised me, but when I asked the guide why, she explained it was an important car to Mazda as it quite literally saved the company when it was going through a bad spell. She also say there are more cars in storage, and they rotate them around often.

Next is the Rotary Hall with the stunning Le Mans winning Mazda 787B and it’s four-rotor engine beside it, the interesting thing about the engine being it’s very small but has huge variable length inlet vales. The 787B is part of the rotary section, every engine from early single-rotor experimental ones to the final RX8’s Renesis is there. The guide talks about the engine for about 5 minutes, it’s obviously something they are very proud of still even though it’s no longer in production. Although there is talk of it being part of a hybrid car in the future.

Moving on, next section is the Technology Hall, using a CX-5 as an example, you are shown how the vehicles are built, from a live-size plastic development model, to a CX-5 that has been used in crash testing.

Next up is for me was the best part, the factory assembly line, a fascinating place but unfortunately no photos or videos are allowed. What surprised me was it was a mixed production line, so you have a MX5 followed by a CX3 followed by a CX5 being built, with the occasional FIAT 124. The robots brought exactly what car parts were needed for whatever model the worker had in front of him, so everything ran like clockwork, the logistics involved was mind-blowing and fascinating to watch. An interesting thing we heard was nursey rhymes being played, I asked the guide about that and when a nursey rhyme was played, it meant a change of model was coming down the line. The MX5’s rhyme was “London Bridge was falling down” for example. At the back of the plant we could see the private dock and one of Mazda’s ship being loaded with cars to go to Europe. Interestingly for me, they were still making Orange 30th Anniversary MX5s in early July, I had assumed they had all been built by then.

Last section, Future Hall is about Mazda’s future plans, how they are currently using their SkyActive technology to lower emissions, but with their plans for hybrid and eclectic cars by 2030. Although they seemed to be a bit dismissive of hybrids I thought, thinking their SkyActive was a better technology.

Then to the gift shop and back to the bus to return to the HQ. That’s where a nice thing happened while my Son and I were in the factory, the Curator of the Museum had heard my daughter was sick and came down himself to see her and gave her some gifts and his business card, even though he couldn’t speak English. I thought that was a lovely thing to do, especially as he had to bring a translator especially. I know all car manufacturers are huge companies, but I always considered Mazda to be more a small, friendly company and that kind of proved it to me.
Written 26 June 2020
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A. A.
Makati, Philippines28 contributions
Mazda Le Mans 24 hour endurance race win car on display
Nov 2019 • Solo
Part of my to visit places in Hiroshima is the Mazda Museum. There is a day tour conducted in English (10am-11:30am), and you need to make a reservation at their website before your visit.
The tour was enjoyable, as you see how the cars are assembled. No photos allowed at the production floor which is understandable.
You can take photos of their historical cars on display, along with their current line-up of cars at their showroom.
The highlight for me was seeing their Le Mans winning race car - the first Japanese car to win the 24 hour endurance race using their famed rotary engine. Worth a visit for car enthusiasts!
Written 10 December 2019
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BrutusNZ
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
Fascinating and free!
Sep 2019 • Couples
I’m a car nut and Mazda is my favourite Japanese car brand, so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed this tour. But even my partner (who isn’t such a car fan) really enjoyed it too.
We’d read the reviews in advance and were prepared to be rushed through, but we found the tour to be quite well paced. The museum is good but as a fan I found it a little limited, there were a few models I’d hoped to see but didn’t. There’s the famous LeMans winning 787B but no other models from Mazda’s motorsport history. That said, there’s probably enough there to satisfy most people.
The factory tour is really interesting, seeing the production line and the robots in action was quite amazing. You can’t take photos in this section which is understandable (but still a little disappointing!).
Book in advance through Mazda’s website and there’s only one English language tour each day.
Its hard to believe it’s completely free and you even get a little parting gift (lens cloth) - amazing!
Written 4 September 2019
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Avi P
Tel Aviv, Israel729 contributions
A MUST SEE IN HIROSHIMA
Apr 2019 • Solo
Mazda Museum & Plant tour is a must see. The museum is interesting and shows Mazda's progress (and car industry history) through the years. But the most interesting part is the plant tour - the assembly line is an amazing view at advanced and efficient production technologies. The human workers and the robots "dance" around the cars until the end product rolls out. During our visit we spent enough time around the assembly line to really get a good grasp of how it is done.
The Mazda plant itself, with its private port , private hospital (that serves also the community), private internal bridge and immense area is a formidable example of Japanese mega-corporations. Don't miss.
Please note you have to make reservations in Mazda's website well in advance or you would not be admitted.
The entrance to the tour is from Mazda's Head Office near Mazda Hospital and JR Mukainada Station.
Written 22 June 2019
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SipsTea
KL1,160 contributions
Great visit, especially to see the car assembly
May 2019 • Family
One needs to make a reservation to visit the Mazda museum and factory. The entire visit was about 1.5 hours. The museum is great for understanding how Mazda makes their cars and to see the various vehicle models made since inception. The highlight was the car assembly process, where we could see part of it. If you love cars, you might enjoy a visit to the Mazda Museum.
Written 28 May 2019
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Thomas A
Santiago, Chile1,013 contributions
Museum=meh Factory=Wow!
Apr 2019 • Family
The museum tour is not so interesting, but a nice preamble for the main attraction: you get to enter the actual factory and look down to the actual production line. Impressive planning in place! The logistigs to make it happen blowed my mind!
Written 2 May 2019
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Lorna S
Cwmbran, UK331 contributions
Worth a visit for car enthusiadts
Apr 2019 • Couples
You need to book the tour in advance before you travel. Be sure to book on an English speaking tour.
Very easy to get to from Hiroshima train station. 2 stops on Sanyo line platform 5 JR for Itozaki get off at Mukainada where it is s quick 5 minutes walk to the Mazda office.

Come out the station,cross over the railway line. Out of the station 100m to the main road,turn right and the building is the other side of the road.

Go into offices ground floor right in front of you is reception desk where you check in. You need ID and you must advise in advance how many in your party and their names .
They give you a temporary ID pass. At 10am you get on the tour bus. You must check in with reception minimum of 15 minutes before.

The tour bus with an English guide takes you across to the Mazda assembly plant and museum.
Once there you watch a short film in English giving a brief history of Mazda.

You then get taken on a tour ending up on the assembly line which was absolutely fascinating. Unbelievable how quickly they build these cars.
Once the tour is finished around 90 minutes later there is a Tully’s coffee shop,rest rooms and a gift shop which only takes cash. It sells Mazda souvenirs.

A great morning spent. We both really enjoyed the tour.
Written 8 April 2019
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MayeHan_DestinyC
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
Impressive Tour!!
Mar 2019 • Friends
To visit the Mazda Museum, reservations must be made beforehand, and you won't be disappointed.. 😉
Mazda is the first and only Japanese company to win the Le Mans Grand Prix in 1991!! 🚘🤩
The tour will passes through an actual vehicle assembly line, where visitors can see a variety of different car models being produced. Awesome!! 😮😘
Plus point, the tour guide is pretty, humorous and entertaining.. 👍🏻👏🏻
Written 16 March 2019
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Roamers46
Melbourne209 contributions
Interesting for car enthusiasts and adds another dimension to Hiroshima
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went to Hiroshima for the day and included the obligatory Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Dome and Museum. We, however, started the day off with a look at industrial Japan - Mazda. We made a booking a week ahead and this included seeing the assembley line with robots. Unfortunately this feature was closed at short notice for our visit. We did get a guided tour through the museum and as past Mazda owners we found it interesting. I think if you a car enthusiast you need to go to the Mazda tour. It’s free and only 10 minutes by JR train from central Hiroshima.
Written 9 March 2019
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alexander s
3 contributions
Definitely worth visiting
Jun 2018 • Solo
An interesting place to spend a couple hours at in Hiroshima. Not only is there a museum, you will also be conducted to a construction site - very nice.
Written 13 February 2019
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