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

Bust of Sakichi Toyoda
Bust of Sakichi Toyoda

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.

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.

House of Sakichi Toyoda's Birth (Rebuilt October 1990)
House of Sakichi Toyoda's Birth (Rebuilt October 1990)

Hours of operation

April 1 - September 30
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 1 - March 31
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Monday (except national holidays, in which case the following Tuesday is closed)

January 6 - 8, December 26 - 31

Tuesday and Wednesday immediately after the last Monday in February and those immediately after the first Monday in September

Entrance fee


Exhibition Room
Exhibition Room

Main Exhibits

  • Toyoda Wooden Hand Loom (1890)
  • Winding Machine (1894)
  • Japan's First Power Loom (1896)
  • Automatic Loom (1924)
  • Certificate of Elementary School
  • Patent Certificates (Japan, U.S.A., Germany, Italy, and France)
  • Illustrations of looms invented by Sakichi
  • Illustrations showing Sakichi's life
  • Biography of Sakichi Toyoda and other books
Exhibition Room
Exhibition Room


By train
2 km from Washizu station on the JR Tokaido Line (25-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from Washizu station)
By car
Around 30 minutes from the Tomei Expressway Mikkabi I.C.
Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House
113-2 Yamaguchi Kosaishi Shizuoka
Phone 053 (576) 0064