45th Tokyo Motor Show

ByJason Gatewood
Oct 26, 2017

45th Tokyo Motor Show

Japan’s motorcar industry is one of, if not the most important exporter and revenue generator in the economy here. Brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi are known all over the world for their quality and innovation. Not to mention more than a few people swear by these brands. So it should come as no surprise that the bi-annual Tokyo Auto Show put on by the Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) is one of the most attended trade shows in the world.

It is here where the cars that kicked off new technology like hybrid and all-electric power were introduced, and concepts from the practical to the most whimsical dazzle the eye and make us all wish for the future to come at a slightly faster pace.

But Tokyo Motor Show (TMS) is so much more than that; it showcases ALL technologies revolving around getting from point A to B in the automotive world. Two years ago, the focus was on “connected intelligent roads and cars.” This year a large interactive experience called Tokyo Connected Lab 2017 will showcase a future Tokyo in which all things on the roads will communicate automatically. Surely companies will be showing off how driverless vehicles will be able to talk to each other in real-time to avoid and prevent accidents, traffic jams, and bad weather.

Of course the major draw will be the cars themselves, and you’ll have more chances to not only see them inside Tokyo Big Sight, but also take a ride-along in them at a special venue set up at Rinkai Fukutoshin. A shuttle bus/taxi service will be offered to get you over to that area.

Among the major unveilings we’re expecting are:

  • Third Generation Toyota Mirai, which runs on hydrogen (!)
  • A standardized taxi for Japan built by Toyota (similar to the standard NYC Taxi by Nissan)
  • Honda Sportscar Electric Vehicle concept
  • Kawasaki Ninja 400 Motorcycle (yes, motorcycles are there too!)
  • Honda’s new Gold Wing supercruiser
  • Toyota’s Fuel Cell Bus (which is actually on the road for Tokyo Dept. of Transport in testing now!)
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse…which used to be a sports-compact hot-hatchback is now a SUV?!

As you can see, there’s all kinds a craziness happening for the next two weeks for auto aficionados of all types.

Times & Tickets:

October 27 until November 5.
Advance tickets can be purchased online with a credit card for a discount, otherwise they can be bought at the venue. If you (or a friend) are good with Japanese, you can visit your local 7-Eleven or Lawson stores in person or online and purchase tickets from the kiosks in cash at a discount as well.


Tokyo Big Sight exhibition hall is located in Odaiba and can be accessed by the Rinkai Line’s Kokusai Tenjijo station (R03) or the Yurikamome Line’s Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station (U11). MAP


Photo: Screenshot of tokyo-motorshow.com

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Jason Gatewood editor

Our Tokyo based collaborator is a tech nerd, Japanophile, train nut, and a veritable fountain of information on Japan. His current goal is to watch Evangelion and actually "get it", sing every permutation of "Hotel California" at any karaoke gathering, ride every bullet train line, and sample all varieties of ramen throughout Japan. Catch more of his musings at · http://jlgatewood.com