2013 Japanese Spring – Day 8 : Hiroshima (Mazda Museum)

A new day begins in Hiroshima. This is the view from our hotel, with Hiroshima station below us.

This morning we made our way to the Mazda Museum and factory located in Mukainada.  We took the JR Sanyo Line to Mukainada station.

From the station, it’s only 5 min walk to Mazda HQ.  The museum and factory tour is free of charge.  Reservations have to be made for the tour.  All visitors have to register at the front desk.

Some current models of Mazda cars were displayed in the waiting area.

Mazda Atenza

This is the sedan version

Mazda Hospital was nearby too.

An EV charging station was also spotted in the car park.

We then boarded a bus that took us to the museum and factory.  While travelling to the factory, we got a view of how massive the entire plant is (sorry, photography was not allowed!).  The museum showcases the history of Mazda, its technology and its future development work.  We also get to see how Mazda cars are being put together in one of the assembly lines.  The factory tour was an experience not to be missed.

The early days of Mazda which produced three-wheel truck.

The Mazda RX-7 which is part of the famed RX series.

The Mazda 787B, winner of the 1991 24 Hours Le Mans race.

Base platform for the Mazda Atenza model

Some cars for the future.

Future car technlogy, hydrogen powered vehicles

Mock up of a vehicle to use hydrogen rotary engine

After the museum, we headed back to Hiroshima station for lunch. There were many street food vendors outside Hiroshima JR station.

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