"Open the door, it's a big world outside."

"Open the door, it's a big world outside."

Sakichi Toyoda was born in this area in 1867 (also known as the 3rd year of the Keio period in the Japanese calendar). In 1890, he came across a foreign-made loom at an industrial exhibition in Tokyo. Sakichi shortly thereafter invented a human-powered wooden loom in what was to be known as the "Toyota-style." From then, he continued to research and improve upon his invention. This led to the creation of the "Type G Automatic Loom" in 1924, regarded as the world's best at the time.

"Open the door, it's a big world outside."

His creative spirit and determination were the cornerstone for the foundation of the Toyota Group, which led to far more than just the invention of the automatic loom.

Visitors can delve into not only the creation of the automatic loom, but Sakichi's visions, which lead to the expansion of Japanese industry, including the automotive business.

"Open the door, it's a big world outside."

Hours of operation

April 1 - September 30
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
October 1 - March 31
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Every Wednesday (if a holiday falls on Wednesday, the Memorial House is closed the following Thursday.)

December 26 - 31

New Year, January 6 - 8

Monday and Tuesday before the last Wednesday in February.

Monday and Tuesday before the first Wednesday in September.

Entrance fee



2 km from JR Tokaido Line Washizu Station

Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House

113-2 Yamaguchi Kosaishi Shizuoka
Phone 053 (576) 0064