I’ve done a lot of tours for modified car fans in Japan over the past few years, from guiding an entire tour-bus load around Tokyo, all the way down to one person riding along to a track day. I recently met up with a group of nine Australians who wanted to do a whirlwind tour of some of the more famous and interesting shops in Tokyo, so I thought I’d take a few pics along the way.
The first stop on the tour was one of the basic requirements of a workshop tour, Top Secret’s headquarters in Chiba.
Even at a place like Top Secret, seeing an old Subaru Sambar kei van parked next to a couple of hot GT-Rs is both odd and kind of cool.
Kumar was in heaven.
This Hakosuka rolled in shortly after we arrived.
Checking out the merchandise in the Top Secret office.
The next stop was Tec Arts, since we had a few AE/KE owners in the group.
Keiichi Tsuchiya’s personal AE86 was getting some work done on it.
Kamata-san was happy to show them around the shop. As you can see, Tsuchiya’s car was missing the engine.
This is the engine from Tsuchiya’s car, a Tec Arts 7AG.
Tec Arts’ 7AG turbo Black Limited was also having some work done on it.
The famous N2-spec car.
Might not look too crazy, but it sounds great!
Upstairs at Tec Arts picking up some t-shirts.
As usual, I made sure to call ahead so that the Kamata brothers weren’t too busy to receive some guests. As you can see, they weren’t!
The next stop was Nismo’s HQ.
Nismo is a bit of a change from the usual tuning shops. Everything has been touched by the hand of an interior designer.
The famous bathroom.
Plenty of merch on sale with a view into the workshop.
Ooh, what’s that in there?
Nismo R34 GT-R Z-Tune. The unicorn!
As reader “Johnny” points out, it’s actually the Clubman Race Spec. Thanks Johnny!
In the Nismo gift shop, you can pick up a t-shirt, jacket, lanyard, clutch assembly, strut tower bar…
…and even a complete engine.
A short ride away from Nismo was the Mooneyes shop.
It might seem odd to visit a shop in Japan that’s based around American hod rod and kustom culture, but it’s so far out there that it’s amazing. They also have a pretty funky retro diner next to the shop where you can have burgers, fries and milkshakes and listen to Buddy Holly.
They have ridiculous amounts of merch.
The upper level is also full of American tuning parts and accessories.
Our last stop was at Run Free to see Yamashita-san and his AE86s.
The SR20-powered competition car.
These guys cleared Yamashita out of most of his old-school Run Free stickers, which made him pretty happy as he’s moving shop soon and that’s one less thing to pack!
Here’s a report of another similar tour I did, written by Justin Fox from Zen Garage.
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This post was written by Alexi