Babe’s Muffler Service in San Jose has been in business since 1953. In order to attract more business, “The Muffler Man” was created in the 1960’s. There are more than 220 muffler statues throughout the United States. The City of San Jose designated Babe as a historic Landmark. The statue of Babe The Muffler Man is located at 808 The Alameda in San Jose near the San Jose Sharks hockey arena.
The Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama is a special place to visit. But due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Railway Museum is closed indefinitely. You can start off by experiencing real train driving by trying Ugotetsu (a train simulator). Nobutara Hara, the creator, has a nice display of his HO Gauge Models. Mr. Hara has an impressive collection and knowledge of model train history. The Hara Museum has some very colourful dioramas or three dimensional miniature railways. It is definitely a worthy side trip to visit the Hara Model Railway Museum.