Photo/IllutrationA Porsche car runs on a circuit course. (Provided by Porsche Japan KK)

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KISARAZU, Chiba Prefecture--The first Porsche experience center in Japan will open here in 2021, offering visitors a chance to drive the luxury vehicles on a circuit course.

Porsche Japan KK, a subsidiary of the German automaker, said the center will be located at a 44-hectare site in the Izushima district near the Kisarazu-Kita Interchange along the Tateyama Expressway.

“Try our vehicles to further deepen the understanding of and affection for Porsche models,” a Porsche Japan official said.

The center will also be equipped with off-road courses. Fees will likely be charged to test ride the company’s sports models and sport utility vehicles.

In addition, a car museum and restaurant will be set up within the center.

Porsche Japan expects the center to attract 10,000 visitors annually, particularly wealthy individuals in Japan and from across the world.

Kisarazu was selected because of its easy access from central Tokyo and surrounding airports.

The site is a 30-minute drive from Haneda Airport via the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. With the development of the Ken-O (metropolitan inter-city) Expressway, the location is about an hour from Narita Airport.

Porsche Japan said wealthier individuals do not need to worry about accommodations during their visits to the center because a luxury hotel exists in nearby Kazusa Akademia Park.

Porsche has set up experience centers in six locations, including the United States, Germany and China.

Porsche sold 7,000 units in Japan in 2017. The automaker aims to further increase sales by setting up the experience center.

Local officials welcome the move.

“I expect the center to lead to an increased nonresident population and revitalize the local economy,” Kisarazu Mayor Yoshikuni Watanabe said.