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Yamaha Communication Plaza

A history museum that inspires and creates the future


Free Wi-Fi is available.

Since launching the YA-1 which was well-known for its nickname Akatonbo (red dragonfly) in Feb 1955, while it was still a part of Yamaha Corporation, Yamaha Motors has been developing and selling various products such as general engines, marine engines and generators in addition to auto bikes. In July of the same year, it was launched as Yamaha Motors and now it is one of Japan's leading companies active in many countries around the world.
Yamaha Communication Plaza has become a space for explaining the past, present and future of Yamaha Corporation. Take a look at some of the epoch-making products and imagine what the future has in store at Yamaha Motors with its corporate philosophy of "Providing new inspiration and prosperity to people around the world".

The 1st Floor

The first thing that meets your eye when you enter is the "Symbol Zone". The YA-1 (nickname Akatonbo) from which Yamaha Motors first started, and the latest products are lined up next to one another. Besides these, other new and old products such as scooters, cruisers, the world's first power-assisted bicycle and other latest products are exhibited as symbols of Yamaha Motors. Among these is the eye-catching Toyota 2000GT painted in a glittering gold. This is a genuine sports car that was jointly developed by Yamaha Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation in 1967.


You can also look at the various products sorted into their own individual zones. There are even simulation corners where you can experience realistically how to operate motorcycles or boats in several places.


Various events are also held occasionally, such as the craft class for kids at the activity corner, or music concerts at the exhibition space.

The 2nd Floor

The 2nd floor provides an introduction to the representative products, technologies and activities from the history of Yamaha Motors since its founding. Among the bikes displayed in chronological order is the actual bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rally. In addition, there are also racing cars, wheelchairs, cruisers and 4-wheel buggies etc. that demonstrate the technical prowess of Yamaha Motors in many areas. There is also a Special Exhibition Space with exhibits that are rotated on a regular basis. Some of the previous exhibitions include "Revival of the Motor Show", "Collection of 2-cylinders models until the '70s" as well as illustrations and photo collections related to Yamaha engines and bikes.

The 3rd Floor

At the top of the escalator on the right-hand side is the Plaza Cafe which is open from 11:00am to 4:00pm (Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm). After enjoying the world of Yamaha Motors on the 1st and 2nd floors, take a break and have a relaxing time here. You can enjoy a menu of many local cuisine and a sense of the playful spirit unique to the Yamaha Corporation at this scenic café.


Communication Plaza also offers a wide range of souvenirs to choose from. At the shop on the first floor, a variety of goods such as riding suits, helmets, pin patches, postcards, and car and bike models are available. A recommended souvenir is the soft and gentle hand towel made of Hamamatsu-style dyed cloth that has been made in Hamamatsu for more than a hundred years. The cute-looking hand towels come in various patterns and motifs like piano keys, bikes, Hamamatsu Castle and other standout designs. How about getting one as a memento of your trip?


Pamphlets in various international languages are available at the facility. All product explanations are also written in English. Seeking greater communication among the people of the world, Yamaha Communication Plaza awaits your active participation.


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2500 Shingai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka, Japan




9am - 5pm (Monday - Friday)

※Only operation days of Yamaha Motor's head office

10am - 5pm (2nd and 4th Saturday of each month)


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※Red letter date is the day of closing


From Hamamatsu Station


JR Tokaido Main Line get off "Iwata" station.

Take a city bus going to “Jyounosaki-keiyu-iwata-eigyousho” get off at “Yamaha-hatsudouki-mae” then walk 2 minutes.

Or take a city bus going to “Higashi-shinmachi” get off at “Nishi-kaizuka-kita” then walk 12 minutes.


From Iwata station

10 minutes

2015.9.10 update
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