Sayonara Mega Web, History Garage, and more
For cars nuts that plan on going to Japan, one of the places that they need to visit is the Toyota Mega Web showroom. It’s located on the island of Odaiba, across the bay from central Tokyo, making it relatively easy to get to.
It’s one of the perfect places to get a car fix for those touring around Tokyo as non-petrolheads can check out souvenirs and do some shopping at the Venus Mall beside it. Aside from the main showroom display, the complex also includes the History Garage, Grease Diecast Shop and Café, the restoration garage, and the test track.
Unfortunately, Mega Web announced that they will permanently be closing their doors on December 31, 2021. The sad news of Toyota Mega Web’s closure was made official on July 21, 2021. According to Toyota, the real estate company that owns the area will be redeveloping the site. With that, Mega Web, History Garage, and everything in the area will be going away.
Unlike most museums or automotive-themed areas, Mega Web was free for everyone to visit. There, you could see the latest Toyota models on display and even sit inside the vehicles. You can even line up for a test drive of the vehicles on their test track (you’ll have to pay, though). Depending on the day, you might even be able to check out some of Toyota’s concept vehicles on the second floor.
For those that want a bit of nostalgia, take a quick detour inside Venus Mall and head to the History Garage. Despite being owned by Toyota, you’ll find classic cars from other automakers there; it’s not all Japanese vehicles either. Depending on when you visit, the History Garage also changes the theme ever so often. One time, you might encounter their complete lineup of classic rally cars. The next time, it could be their Super GT cars.
Aside from drooling or losing cash over the diecast collection, you can also watch the skilled mechanics work their restoration magic on the classic cars. You can do that while sipping a drink or while having a quick meal.
It’s sad to see the Mega Web complex go. It’s been in operation since 1999 and has catered to millions of visitors from around the world. Thankfully, Toyota is already in talks with the developer, and it could re-open by 2025. But for now, sayonara.