[Palette Town]: Mega Web

Because I take tons of photos, I've decided to break up our trips to Palette Town by section.  Palette Town is a large shopping and entertainment center in Odaiba with Mega Web, Venus Fort, Giant Sky Wheel, Zepp Tokyo, and Leisureland.  We've only visited 4 out of the 5 places mentioned since Zepp is a concert hall (it's been a terribly long time since we've been to a concert or music festival).

Mega Web is Toyota's huge showroom that shows off its cars and technology.  It actually reminds me of a mini theme park since there are exhibits, such as race car and off-road simulators, a theater, and you can test drive a vehicle.  My hubby and I pretty much became kids with our kids trying the exhibits and checking out the cars.  The best part?  You don't have to worry about ruining a car salesman's commission like you normally do when you're getting your car serviced at the dealership and want to pass the time by checking out the newer models.  You know, those guys who wait around all day (in line) for someone to pounce on.  I always feel terrible when I'm not a serious buyer that day.  They always seem to spot me even when I'm trying to get off their radar.

I digress.  Back to Mega Web.  There are three pavilions showcasing cars, Toyota City Showcase, Toyota Universal Design Showcase, and the History Garage.  We spent each visit at Toyota City Showcase, which displays the newest models and hands-on demonstrations.

It's so great that we can climb in the cars without having to wait for a salesman to get a key.  TJ loved pretending he was driving each one.

Average-size car in Japan.  I see lots of young families driving this type of car around town.

Catalogues are not free here.

The Driver's Workout tests your hand-eye coordination.  I'm great at the beginner level!

Driving a Gran Turismo 5 (GT5) at Fuji Speedway.

I rode in the Safety Simulator, where I drove a vehicle twice—once with standard equipment and the second time with Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), a pre-crash safety system.  I was pretty much driving off-road; and I'm not sure if it was the difference with the VDIM system or because I finally found the breaks on the second round.

They even have a theater where you can experience what it's like to drive a race car at Fuji Speedway.

At the Ride One Station, you can test drive a vehicle for a small fee.  We paid ¥300 to test drive each vehicle.

In hindsight, we probably should have test-driven "sportier" cars, but it's been years since we've driven SUVs.  I test drove the Vanguard, and AJ test drove a Land Cruiser.

The Kids Hybrid Ride One is a place where kids can ride a hybrid motor cart.  Pretty cool!

Unfortunately TJ didn't meet the height requirements, but he had fun playing with the display.

This is the coolest part.  Kids can assemble the cart!  Impressive!

I really love how they display the cars.  

I'm not sure if they removed this attraction since we didn't see it here this time, but it was really fun to have small cars that the kids could drive around.

This place gets pretty busy.

Inazuma Eleven, which is a video game for Nintendo DS.

This is such a great car.  The passenger seat turns out to make it easier for those with special needs to get into the car.  There's even a helpful way to insert a wheelchair into the trunk.

Doesn't it look like a mini amusement park?

Happy New Year!

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