Any car enthusiast can get a taste for Japanese car culture through auto-shows and museums in Tokyo, but if you truly want to immerse yourself headfirst into Japan's car scene, Daikoku PA is a must visit. Depending on the time of day you'll be able to see JDM builds, super cars and the occasional muscle car.
Daikoku PA is located in Yokohama which is about 30 minutes outside of Tokyo depending on where you're traveling from. The first thing to note is that you'll need a ride to get there. Daikoku PA is not accessible by train or by foot. You can order a Taxi to get there but chances are you won't be able to take one back unless you phone for one.
When to Go?
Daikoku is mostly a weekend meetup spot with Friday and Saturday nights showcasing the traditional JDM sports cars. If you're more of a supercar enthusiast then Sunday mornings are for you.
Tips and Tricks:
Proceed with Caution: While the majority of car owners that come to Daikoku are respectful and responsible drivers, Daikoku can get rowdy from time to time. With the occasional burnout and parking lot speedsters, make sure that you're staying aware of your surroundings. The cops have been known to quickly shutdown the area if such things occur.
Ask for Photos: Most car owners expect their vehicles to be photographed if they go to Daikoku but if you see the car owner, it doesn't hurt to ask for permission when taking a photo. There's a fair amount of not-so-legal modifications on these cars so sometimes the owner may not want you to take a photograph.
Talk to the Owners: Chances are if you're reading this article I don't need to tell you that car owners love talking about their builds. If you see someone standing by their car, don't hesitate to ask them about it! Just check out ShotaPOV's Daikoku experience!