MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.36
Arrow-Gou, The Oldest Japanese-made Car
This car was completed by Koichi Yano (1892–1975) in 1916. It is preserved in working condition at Fukuoka City Museum and is the oldest existing Japanese-made car that can travel. Excluding only a small number parts, all components were manufactured using domestic parts. Although only one car was manufactured, it constitutes the technical base for manufacturing special cars, including the development of Japan’s first refrigerated car by Yano at a later date. The car is very important in terms of the history of the automobile industry, considering the rise of the special automobile industry in subsequent years.
Fukuoka City Museum
- Hours open:
- 9:30–17:30 (Entry closes at 17:00.)
- Admission fee:
- 200 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school/college students *free for junior high schoolers or younger
- Days closed:
- Mondays (the following day if falling on a holiday), year-end/New Yearʼs holidays (Dec. 28–Jan. 4)
- 3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 814-0001
- 15 mins. on foot Nishijin Sta. from city subway; 35 mins. by Nishitetsu Bus from Hakata Sta.; 20 mins. by Nishitetsu Bus from Tenjin Sta.