That's great to hear that they'll have a translator/tour in English. When I visited one of the Oppama plants in late 2003, Nissan was no longer doing English tours but I lucked out. I posted about my story at http://my350z.com/forum/2003-2009-nissa ... ost1390402
. At the time, I owned two Nissans, an 02 Maxima and an 04 350Z.
For car enthusiasts visiting Japan, in the past, I'd highly recommend coordinating it with http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/index.html
. Unfortunately, the show has gotten a lot smaller over the years. I've been to TMS in 03, 05 and 09. 09's was the smallest by far and unlike previous years, most foreign (to Japan) automakers didn't show up. It used to always be held at Makuhari Messe. Now it's being held at Tokyo Big Sight.
I'd be hearing for years that the TMS following 09 would be smaller but http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/booth/
shows that at least foreign automakers are back. Besides the cars, there are lots of booth babes
and also a LOT of suppliers (e.g. Calsonic, Denso, Jatco, etc.). It is kinda neat to see cut open parts such as differentials and transmissions. It's also neat to see how many different vendors supply parts to automakers. I've seen displays of instrument clusters for lots of different cars all being supplied by one company. At bigger TMSes, car enthusiasts should allow for at least 2 days to see everything, esp. if interested in lots of things.