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Nissan HQ

Having just parted with my faithful old 180sx, a close companion of nigh on 15 years, mere weeks before this trip it was a fitting tribute and just a little coincidental that Nissan’s Global headquarters was on the way to Yokohama bay, just a short walk from Yokohama station.

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Travel tip: The PDF on the Nissan site gives you all the info you need to get there.

Needless to say, the place is impressive as it is sprase, not to say its empty, just very spread out with a sizeable selection of current models from pocket sized kei cars to the ugly duckling Juke (regardless of how many Nismo parts you throw at it) and the business man terroriser, Godzilla aka the GTR. They even have a balls to the wall and extremely rare Lemans R390 GT.

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The best thing is, even though it is a showroom/dealership, there are no pushy salesmen or any obligation at all, its actually quite the opposite. You are free to sit in, adjust and play the open and close game to your heart’s content. Assistants are only too happy to show off a feature like the Swiss army knife seats of the Cube, nod with a smile then leave you to “how many combinations can we doย now?”ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course no attraction is complete without a gift shop and this one doesnโ€™t disappoint with more branded merch than Hello Kitty. Ok, maybe not that much but there’s still more than enough knick knacks, memorabilia and clothing to deck out any fan and their house, car or work space.

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Update: Reports since our visit sees the space expanded to include sections and information along the lines of a museum with accompanying vintage cars and artwork being swapped in and out regularly, all the more reason to check it out :)

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Yokohama Bay area

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As this was just a day trip for us, Queen’s Plaza was a logical choice for a centralised jump off point. The train stops at Minatomirai station below the mall which makes its easy to get around and a good spot to ditch accumulating shopping in one of the many available lockers.

Landmark Plaza and Queen’s Plaza (and now MARK IS mall) are all within a short walk of each other sporting a higher end feel, with accompanying stores, from your regular Westfields. Kids (and our ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) faves, Hello Kitty, Studio Ghibli and Pokemon stores are abound but the stand outs were Snoopy Town, Lego store, The Disney store andโ€ฆ Mister Donut ๐Ÿ˜‰ Early evening, about an hour before closing they start clearing stock so donuts and other desserts can be had for some great prices, of course we had to try some (:

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It was well into the evening by the time we made it outside to the waterways around the bay unfortunately being the wet season it rained more days than it didnโ€™t and this day was no different. But all was not lost, the view and lights around the bay still looked beautiful and it wasnโ€™t heavy enough to make the walk to the World Porters mall unpleasant.

Along the way you’ll come across the Cosmo World amusement park, however also due to the less than ideal weather it had closed up early. The Cosmo Clock 21/ferris wheel however was still lit up and looked very cool against the night skyline.

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The Cup Noodle Museum is also down this end of the bay but we missed that by a good hour (!) so that left the Red brick Warehouse and World Porters malls. Maybe it was just the wind down to a ratherย long day but both malls were rather uneventful, on the plus side however, they’re open late so you can pretty much have the place to yourself if you venture out after dinner.

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Travel Tip: There are a few pedicabs around the area if you want someone else’s legs to get you back to the train station.

Next up, we’re back on the shinkansen and heading to Osaka!

If you have any questions on our travels, where to buy, what to do, hit us up on the Soulbridge media facebook page.

Japan 2013 part #1 โ€“ Arrival
Japan 2013 part #2 – Tokyo International Toy Expo
Japan 2013 part #3 โ€“ Gotemba โ€“ Premium Outlets mall
Japan 2013 part #4 โ€“ Tokyo โ€“ Studio Ghibli Museum
Japan 2013 part #5 โ€“ Tokyo โ€“ Kichijoji and Nakano
Japan 2013 part #6 โ€“ Tokyo โ€“ Akihabara
Japan 2013 part #7 โ€“ Tokyo โ€“ Tamiya HQ, Diver City
Japan 2013 part #8 โ€“ Yokohama โ€“ Zoorasia
Japan 2013 part #9 โ€“ Yokohama โ€“ Ramen Museum
Japan 2013 part #10 โ€“ Nissan HQ and Yokohama
Japan 2013 part #11 โ€“ Osaka โ€“ Nanba Shopping
Japan 2013 part #12 โ€“ Kyoto
Japan 2013 part #13 โ€“ Tokyo โ€“ Harajuku, Shibuya
Japan 2013 part #14 โ€“ Osaka castle, Umeda Sky building
Japan 2013 part #15 โ€“ Osaka Aquarium and Tempozan wheel
Japan 2013 part #16 โ€“ Osaka Universal Studios

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