First on with defining what an Itasha is. Itasha, a Japanese word refers to otaku-fied cars decorated by fans with decals of mostly anime and video game characters.
The Japanese automotive industry is one of the most prominent and largest industries in the world, and events like Tokyo Motor Show attracts not only locals, but many international visitors. Nissan, the automotive major, has a gallery “Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery” in Yokohama and is a recommended place if you want to check out the latest offerings from Nissan or if you are just curious to experience the GT-R.
The display cars keep changing and when we visited, the gallery had awesome Itasha with the theme being ONE-PIECE, the supremely popular Japanese manga/anime series by Eiichiro Oda. See some snaps below
Not sure if this was a commercial offering or only a concept model and we checked with the Gallery Staff only to be told that unfortunately it was only a display model not a commercial selling vehicle
There was also one more Ultraman themed itasha and it is actually used on the field
Used as a Patrol car in Japan!!
The gallery is conveniently located, a 5-minute walk from JR Yokohama Station. Look for the exit towards Minatomirai and watch for the small bridge which connects to the Nissan Headquarters Building.
The gallery and the surrounding waterfront with the night-time illumination are a romantic setup.
The other main attraction at the Gallery is the famous sport utility vehicle from Nissan the GT-R
One more concept which you can experience is the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which reaches a speed above 300 km/h using electric power alone! Call a it Shinkansen (Bullet Train) packaged as a car. Simply awesome!
There were a few terminals for kids to enjoy. Professional class driving simulators by game maker Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo) also are set up in the gallery.
Update : 2015/09/25 : Xio Athos or ジオアトス a patrol car of the attack team Xio in Ultraman X on display at the Nissan Gallery (limited time display)The location of the Gallery is as below