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by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com

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2017/10/25 - The 45th Tokyo Motor Show

Is this life beyond the motor?

The Tokyo Motor Show is a biyearly motoring event and in 2017 this year, it will be open to the public from October 28 till November 5. Tickets to the event can be bought at the door for 1800 yen, or in advance from convenience stores like Seven Eleven and Lawson for 1600 yen, while entry after 16:00 costs 900 yen. It is recommended to go early and on weekdays if possible, to avoid the weekend crowds.

Friendly ladies at Subaru
The Super Formula and Indy 500 cars driven by Pierre Gasly and Sato Takuma (winner of the 2017 Indy 500 race) respectively
Got the see the plane flown by Muroya Yoshihide, winner of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship

The theme of this year's motor show is "Beyond the Motor", which projects what the future of driving and mobility would be. There were lots of buzzwords like mobility, autonomous driving, electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars, all aimed at anticipating the future of motoring. Many of the newly unveiled concept cars tend to be electric cars with autonomous driving capabilities or equipped with assisted driving technology which allows nervous drivers to relax a little bit and let the car do its thing.

Inside one of the exhibition halls
Not quite futuristic but more retro, the Kawasaki Z900RS
Kawasaki Ninja 250 and 400 (in the back)
Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

There are about 30 major vehicle manufacturers at the event with Toyota and Honda taking up a fair bit of real estate in the exhibition halls. In addition to vehicles, visitors can also look forward to seeing the latest in vehicle parts, machinery and tools.

The BMW Concept Z4 in Asia for the first time
Isuzu's FD-SI, a futuristic concept delivery truck that I'm sure is part refrigerator, part bee hive
Harley Davidson bikes on display
A Gran Turismo simulator driving area
Notice anything interesting about the side mirror of the Audi Elaine, an EV and partially autonomous concept model

Today, I got a preview of what would be on offer and the main draw for me was to see the new concept cars. I started off with Toyota which offered a large number of cars on display. The manufacturer is going the route of energy and fuel efficient vehicles to be ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Concept accessible vehicles were also unveiled, allowing for a greater mobility for people of all abilities.

Toyota Concept-i series for those in a wheelchair
Inside the Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride (FCR), a car of the future
JPN Taxi and the Fuel Cell Bus SORA behind to be ready by the Tokyo Olympics 2020
The third generation Century after 50 years. A car typically reserved for royalty and top politicans
The car with the phoenix logo
The GR HV Sports concept car

Honda also unveiled a number of hybrid and electric cars including their Assist-e motorcycle which made waves online when a video of it was released about a month ago. The motorcycle is self-balancing and is said to share some balancing traits with another Honda robot, ASIMO. With many cars headed in the direction of autonomous driving, the designers wondered if the motorcycle could be headed in the same direction. True to the Honda slogan "The Power of Dreams", the Assist-e was born.

The Honda Riding Assist-e revealed
The cute looking Honda Sports EV Concept

Other notable car makers like Mazda and Nissan also showcased their latest products. The Mazda concept cars never fail to impress while Nissan brought out their souped up Leaf Nismo concept car, a sports version of the newly updated Leaf.

Mazda's Vision Coupe, carrying some sleek lines
The next generation concept Kai, comes with new technology aimed at making driving simpler
Crowd at the Nissan briefing
Leaf Nismo Concept and the Nissan IMx, a zero emission concept car that comes with a self-driving option
Emergency vehicles didn't get left out either

Among the new vehicles I saw, one of my favourite unveilings this year would have to be the Yamaha one. The automaker's goals were to build vehicles for the future in their "Yamaha Future Garage", and the ones that caught my eyes were the two motorcycles; the Motobot Ver.2 and the Motoroid. The first is a fully autonomous robot that rides the motorcycle and capable of independent circuit driving, while the second is an experimental self-balancing machine that recognizes faces and simple verbal or visual commands to follow, stop or park.

The Motobot Ver.2 cannot beat a human motorcycle road racer yet, but perhaps in time to come
That's the Motoroid balancing on its own

Keeping to the theme of Beyond the Motor, many manufacturers and parts makers had virtual reality sets on site to simulate their new car technology, or simply to show what the future of driving may be like. Visitors can participate in The Maze at the event using VR systems but note that reservations-which can be made on your mobile device-are required. Other booths also offer virtual reality experiences and lines may be long for those.

The future's pretty funny if only some of us wear the headsets
The Tomica area is fun for both children and adults

The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 is located at Tokyo Big Sight which is a few steps from Kokusai-Tenjijo Seimon Station on the Yurikamome Line or a five minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line.

Tokyo Big Sight

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2017/10/25 - The 45th Tokyo Motor Show
2017/10/11 - Dipping into the three onsen towns of Yamanaka, Yamashiro and Katayamazu
2017/07/24 - Remote Riches in Toyama
2017/07/03 - Spiritual Chichibu
2017/05/02 - Fuji Shibazakura Festival
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2015/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2015/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
2015/08/17 - Nature and Hot Springs at Naruko Onsen
2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report

2014/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2014
2014/12/15 - Seasonal Illumination: Sendai
2014/12/09 - Seasonal Illumination: Tokyo
2014/12/04 - Autumn Color Report: Kanazawa
2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
2014/10/21 - Autumn Color Report: Bandai
2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/04 - Early Tokyo Blossom Report