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Japan was been one of the economic powerhouses of the 20th century and despite struggling with ongoing recession throughout the 90s and the first years of the 21st century, is still the world's second biggest economy. Japan's wealth and economic might has been built around manufacturing and industry; high tech products such as computers and scientific instruments have flooded into the West; Japanese car makers dominate the world motor industry; and the petrochemical industry has helped deliver the refined oil that has powered the economic miracle.

But before industrialisation towards the end of the 19th century Japan was an agriculturally based economy and once you get outside of the cities and industrial heartlands of the eastern seaboard, this is still true today. Ask any Japanese businessman their dream and 90% of them will respond "to buy a small house in the country with some land and farm". Perhaps this reflects some desire to get back to nature; to reconnect with the land having been squashed into tiny apartments in the massive urban centres. Whatever the case agriculture and farming is still a very important part of the Japanese psyche.

There are many opportunities in Japan to experience both sides of Japan's economic activity. Whether you wish to see the high-tech robots of car manufacturing or pick shitake mushrooms in the mountains of the Izu peninsula, there are experiences available. In this section we will be presenting up a selection of those experiences for you to select from.

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Mazda Factory Tour

Producing over a million vehicles per year, Mazda is one of Japan's largest automobile companies and has enjoyed global success. Mazda's home however is Hiroshima and it is here that the head office is still based. This is also where you can visit the Mazda Museum and Car Factory on a guided tour. These tours are by appointment only and provide a fascinating insight into the company's history and future and the car making process in general. We can book tours for you as part of a Self-Guided package, Tailored Itinerary or Small Group Tour.
Once per day (except weekends and holidays) at 10am for the English language tour.

5 minutes walk from Mukainada station which is a 5 minute train ride from Hiroshima station.

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Plan your trip

Many thanks for taking the time to browse our web-site. We very much hope you are enjoying the site we have put together and that it has inspired you to contact us and take the first steps towards your holiday in Japan!

There are many things to consider when planning your Japan trip: time of year you wish to travel; how long you have available; where in Japan you want to go; the things you wish to experience; what budget you have available to name but a few.

Our Tailored Trip Enquiry Form is designed so we can get as clear an idea as possible as to what will make the perfect Japan trip for you.

After we have received your enquiry, one of our Japan-expert travel consultants will get in touch to discuss your trip in more detail so as we can out together a proposal for you. We donít ask for any money upfront to put together a quote and most importantly, every quote we do is 100% tailored for you.

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