Glion Museum, Osaka, Japan

I’ve actually went to Japan twice now. Those who remembered, I left back in 2012 to study abroad. My latest trip, a 1-month vacation, was just last November. It was just as much for nostalgia as it was for me to confirm whether I was seeing the country with rose-colored glasses the first time around or if Japan really is as great as I thought it was – part of my whole soul searching. For now though, let’s take a tour of the Glion Museum.

But first… do you like cars? Driving cars? What kind? What do you see them as?

I love cars. It’s the same feelings I have for Gundam or mecha. In a sense, a car is very much a “mecha” for me and I think of it as such, even if it is not quite “Gundam”. I think of driving as “piloting” ^^;. I figured it’s pretty natural that if you like mechs, then you probably has some certain interest to cars as well, even if it is only minor such as appreciating their aesthetics. Both are machines after all.

Glion Museum is a vintage car museum with a matching atmosphere. They even have a showroom where the affluent can purchase some very awesome historical machinery. The line of GT-R in the room are all for sale if you got the dough.

Man… they just don’t make cars this gorgeous anymore.

S800… ancestor to the Honda S2000. I would so drive the hell out of this! It’s practically a motorcycle (chain driven and revs to 9000 RPM!) with a roadster body.

In a room full of vintages, this Lancer Evo was certainly out of place and time period.

And more GT-Rs. Oh yea… Japan. Very few things make me feel like I am finally in Japan than seeing pristine examples of the R32-R34.

I’m not even gonna pretend like I know what any of these cars are so I’ll just let you enjoy the photos ^^;.

This is one classy museum. The buildings are actually several giant red brick warehouses and each one plays a different kind of either classical music, or jazz as you browse around.


Datsun Fairlady Z, otherwise known as the 240Z, otherwise known as the ancestor to the current day’s 350Z and 370Z. We were here from day and into the night. So much to see!

… So I’ve just realized that I have way too many photos here so I should probably just pick the best ones I took. Do you recognize any of these legendary vehicles?

Toyota 2000GT. I don’t think Toyota has made such a passionate car since the Supra Mk IV.

The 1970’s Skyline GT-R “Kenmeri” (Ken & Mary) and the Mazda Cosmo, the first Wankel engine Mazda.

There is just so much history in this museum and you get to see and feel in person just how different the times were back then. The innovations, the styles, the designs… many out of necessity and passion to give us what we have today. I probably won’t ever get the chance to drive almost any of these cars in my life for the full experience but I can live with the fact that at least I’ve seen them with my own eyes.


3 thoughts on “Glion Museum, Osaka, Japan

  1. Those are some really neat cars. Did that place blast Eurobeat? Because it sure as hell would get more visitors with stuff like this to get in the mood for some driving:

    1. Hey, that’s one of my favorite tracks!

      Eurobeat wouldn’t have fit the atmosphere in this place honestly. It was almost a quiet place and other visitors were wearing really nice suits and they look like they were ready to drop down untold amount of yen for some awesome piece of history.

  2. WOW Z!!!!!! I HAVE so much to say where to start lol.
    I started building gunpla maybe 9 years ago and at the beginning i stumbled upon your blog and it was literally the greatest thing ever your tutorials and works taught me so much. I checked the blog everyday for years and read all your posts from before until you switched to kansai and then disappeared eventually. I was absolutely thrilled that you came back and your right so much has changed I pretty much dropped out of checking the gundam blogs in the past 5 years and now looking back so many of the old ones are gone or closed it sad but its been a decade everyones lives must have changed so much.

    Maybe about 4 years after i started building gundams i also developed a hardcore passion for cars too. And i remember because i used to read all your old car posts like that time you changed your bumper on your accord or drove the GTR i never really understood how cool that was until i also became a car guy. Reading this post really resonated with me because I too view my cars as gundams lol. I even have a custom cut “tekkadan” decal on mine right now. (PS its from the new gundam series “iron blooded orphans”, im going to put a huge neo zeon decal on my next one loll). Are you still driving around the s2000? I love japanese tuner cars the most but ironically I dont usually buy them lol. Driving stick shift cars is prob the closest i ever feel to actually “piloting” ever and its great.

    ahhh i could go on for ages id love to have a convo with you but I dont know if youll be back to posting anytime soon since the last few posts were january. either way i def believe you will see this sometime maybe a month from now maybe a year either way i wanted to sincerely thank you for all you did to make this blog, you gave me one of the most enduring hobbies of my life thats helped me weather many storms of life and connect me to many passions that I would not really discovered by myself.

    so Z from the bottom of my heart thank you.

    happy building!!!! :)

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