Commanding an 88% share of the market, Shizuoka City ships more plastic models than anywhere else in Japan. You’ll be amazed at just how many model companies, both major and minor, are headquartered here! Wooden models, which have since evolved to plastic, were born here over 80 years ago. Nowadays, Shizuoka is a mecca for model fans from all over. The city boasts a number of exciting model events and facilities, such as the Shizuoka Hobby Show in May, the Christmas Festa in December and Shizuoka Hobby Square, which is open year-round.
Exhibits are on show from countless famed Japanese hobby manufacturers, including those of plastic models and railway models. This – the largest hobby exhibition in Japan – features announcements of remarkable new products, and is open to everyone for free on the public days.
Exhibition time：9:00-17:00 (May 11) 9:00-16:00 (May 12)
Organaizer:Shizuoka Model & Educational material Cooperative Association
On its public days, the Shizuoka Hobby Show venue also hosts the “Modelers’ Club Joint Work Exhibition,” in which modelers from all over Japan and the globe show off their masterpieces. At the same time, the “Modelers FriMa” flea market is sure to be a big attraction for modeling fans.
The Tamiya HQ will also be opened to the public, with members of staff from each department on hand to answer any questions you might have. Add to that the informative Tamiya Archive Room, examples of real cars on display in the lobby, and much more; a day at the Tamiya Open House promises fun for all!
Japan’s largest railway model event. Many dioramas from railroad clubs are exhibited and you can see thousands of railroad models running. There are plenty of other attractions, such as an authentic steam-powered mini locomotive ride, and the Shizuoka Prefecture Railroad Company PR Booth/Workshop! This is an event that all of the family can enjoy.
Located on the Pacific coast of central Honshū, Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Mt. Fuji, a well-known symbol of Japan. The prefecture is also blessed with abundant forests and this natural resource enabled a wooden model manufacturing industry to develop and flourish in Shizuoka in the years before and after the Second World War. Following the introduction of the first plastic models to Japan in 1958, many of Shizuoka’s wooden model manufacturers switched to the new medium and continued to evolve into a modern industry. Shizuoka’s hobby manufacturers have not only collectively achieved a dominant share of the domestic Japanese hobby market, but their high-quality products have also helped them become world-famous brands and turn Shizuoka into “The World Capital of Models”. The Shizuoka Hobby Square aspires to showcase the proud tradition of this industry as well as introduce even more people to the enjoyment offered by Shizuoka’s hobby products. The Permanent Exhibition Area features examples of Shizuoka’s historically-significant crafts culture as well as displays of the latest products from the various Shizuoka-based hobby manufacturers. The Event Area will host a variety of different hobby-related events which visitors of all ages can enjoy.
Address:3rd Fl., Southspot Shizuoka, 18-1 Minami-cho, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka 422-8067
* For enquiries about a particular event, please contact the number given in the information for that event.
Hours Weekdays 11:00-18:00, Weekends and National Holiday 10:00-18:00
Closed Mondays (Closed on the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission fee Admission to the Permanent Exhibition Area is free. Admission fee for Event Area varies according to the event.
Sponsorship Hobby Promotion Council of Shizuoka