According to its website, the Yamaha Communication Plaza is, "a space that presents the past, present, and future of the Yamaha Motor group. With "communication" as our keyword, this concept behind this facility is to be a place where not only the customers who love our products, but also our business partners and the employees of Yamaha Motor group companies can meet, exchange information and interact with the aim of improving each other’s individual skills." That's a whole lot of corpspeak for, "Come see how awesome we are", but I'll allow it.

Located in Team Blue's hometown of Iwata, Japan, the Yamaha Communication Plaza is like the Honda museum at Twin Ring Motegi in that it's a big, three-story museum chock full of amazing motoring artifacts from one of the most storied names in Japanese motorcycling. Its three floors are stuffed with motorcycles, boats, cars, wheelchairs, robots, electric bicycles, ATVs; everything that Yamaha has made over the years and all of it presented in a clean and modern design. The museum also features rotating exhibits that highlight different aspects of Yamaha's history.

The first thing you see when you enter is a pristine YA-1, Yamaha's first motorcycle. It's up on a plinth all by itself under a skylight, a fitting spot for it. The rest of the floor is given over to current products and select OG Yamaha products of historical note. The second floor is a more ordered look at Yamaha's history presented in chronological order. It looks like the bulk of the museum's collection is stuffed in here and it's all presented with plenty of pictures, data, and interactive exhibits. The third floor is a lounge and restaurant where you can cool your heels with a cup of coffee and a panoramic view of Iwata.

The Yamaha Communication Plaza is open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 Iwata time and 10:00 to 17:00 on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Admission is free, which is nice, and it's pretty easy to get to via public transit and car. It's also a stone's throw from Yamaha's super rad music and instrument museum which you should also check out. Sadly, there's no virtual tour for us gaijin, but you can get a decent feel for the place and download a brochure from the website here.