Experience the spirit of Soichiro Honda, the man who built a global enterprise from a small factory in Hamamatsu
Converted former Futamata Town Hall and Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan
● Various design drawings of the Monkey. Soichiro valued design and held on to his exacting approach.
＜ Soichiro Honda ＞
● Soichiro absorbed in research in-house at Tokai Seiki Heavy Industry
In 1937 he left the repair business and decided to make the switch to manufacturing, established Tokai Seiki Heavy Industry Company, and got to work developing and manufacturing piston rings. He faced serious difficulties developing manufacturing capabilities for the high-tech piston rings. To compensate for a lack of knowledge, he even spent time auditing classes at the Hamamatsu College of Technology (now the Shizuoka University Engineering Department).
Right after the end of World War II in 1945, Soichiro sold off all his stock in Tokai Seiki and left the company, because it had been heavily damaged in the war and by a large earthquake, he also wanted to try manufacturing new things. He lived a reclusive lifestyle, claiming he was "on leave to be a person," but it seems that he was getting his ideas together for setting up a new business during this period. A year later in 1946 he set up the Honda Technical Research Institute (former) in Hamamatsu, and in 1948 he established the Honda Motor Company in Hamamatsu. The company started out as a small factory with 20 employees manufacturing and selling bicycles equipped with auxiliary engines, but it grew to become a large global enterprise under the passionate leadership of Soichiro, who proclaimed, "We will never imitate anyone. No matter how hard it gets, with our own hands we will make it to number one in Japan, no, number one in the world."
＜ A special exhibition is held once every year ＞
※Permanent exhibition periods are free, but there is a fee during special exhibitions.
ADDRESS 1112 Futamata, Futamata-cho, Tenryu-ku, Hamamatsu-shi,Shizuoka 431-3314
OPEN HOURS 10am – 4:30pm
CLOSED Monday, Tuesday (Opened in the case of holiday, closed on Wednesday as the date), Year-end and New Year holidays
Please check out the Museum calendar below when you visit us.
TRANSPORT From Shin-Hamamatsu Station
[TRAIN & BUS]
Entetsu Train get off at “Nishi-Kajima” station (32 minutes) take an Entetsu Bus going to “Futamata-Yamahigashi” get off at “Futamatanakamachi” (7 minutes ride) then walk 3 minutes.
Around 10 minutes from the Shin-Tomei Expressway Hamamatsu Hamakita I.C.
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