This October Ben Wooton from PMT Bristol went to China and Japan courtesy of Yamaha to have a tour of their guitar factories with Lee ‘Giz’ Gibbs from PMT Manchester.
Take a look at Ben’s rundown of the five day Yamaha Tour below.
Saturday 25th October
I met Lee Gibbs from PMT Manchester at Heathrow airport for our very long flight to Toyko.
Sunday 26th October
Arriving at Tokyo, wed met our Japanese tour guide and the rest of the group who were joining us on the Yamaha Tour. Including myself and Lee, there were twenty-three people from Europe on the Tour, including Martin Adam from Yamaha Guitars UK and Darren Power from Yamaha Head Office in Germany. We got a lift to the hotel on Yamaha's football team coach and went out for dinner and a wonder around Tokyo to take in the extraordinary sights.
Monday 27th October
Today we had a coach tour of Tokyo and visited the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo at Asakusa. We had dinner at a sumo wrestling restaurant and left Tokyo for Hamamatsu on the JR Bullet Train that travels at 250mph! Arriving at Hamamatsu, we ate dinner at local traditional Japanese restaurant and drinks afterwards. I held an owl too!
Tuesday 28th October
We visited the Yamaha Tenryu Plant and we were taken on a tour, being shown how Yamaha make their wonderfully-crafted instruments. We also went around the museum where Yamaha holds some old and prestigious instruments, including Santana and Paul Simon's guitars.
Thursday 30th October
In China we visited another Yamaha Planet, this time in Hangzhou, to see how it compares to the Japanese Yamaha Plant. Both Plants have very similar techniques when it came to making guitars, proving the point that 'Made by Yamaha' means that no matter where a Yamaha Guitars is made, they’re all created by highly skilled luthiers who all build top quality instruments.
Friday 31st October
Home time! We departed at Shanghai airport and flew back to Heathrow, but not before we said a very big PMT thanks to Yamaha for their inspirational and informative tours, the delicious meals out and their wonderful hospitality.
See all of the pictures from the Yamaha Tour on PMT Bristol's Facebook page here.
By Sophie Moss