What a place!
I visited a few weeks ago to attend a wedding. The plan was to see as much of the country as we could within the limited time frame of 10 days or so. My wife and I had 3 days booked in Tokyo so I thought it would be rude not to attend the legendary Mini Maruyama.
I will let the pictures do the talking.
Finding the place wasn't very difficult if you have google maps. It took about an hour and involved a couple of subway line changes. It's worth noting that the tourist subway pass did not cover the last 10-15 mins of the journey as that was a private line. It only cost a few £'s to buy the ticket at the exit barrier.
It was about a 10-15 minute walk through the Japanese suburbs from the subway stop to Mini Marauyama which was pleasant in the good weather and nice to see another perspective of Japan away from the main Tokyo city centre.
Despite the place looking like a museum, it is a shop that is open to general public. My Marauyama was happy to let us have a look around and even took the time to show us his private cars.
Making a Purchase
I couldn't resist making a purchase and what better than something that would go on my finished mini once the restoration is complete. I had intended to buy a set of 60's Downton style mirrors at some point and these Japanese made items were too nice to ignore. They weren't cheap so luckily I was able to pay by credit card!
As a reminder of the experience I decided to mount the carrier bag, subway ticket and Mini Marauyama sticker Mr Marauyama gave to me as a gift within this frame. It now hangs in my garage alongside all the other mini related memorabilia.