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The 24th Railway Festival

© MLIT Japan.

Official characters of the Railway Festival
Teppi (Right) & Teppina (Left)
© MLIT Japan.

October 14th is commemorated as “Railway Day,” and it recognizes the date in 1872 when Japan’s first railway commenced services with trains that ran between Shimbashi and Yokohama. As a symbol of civilization and enlightment that contributed greatly to the nation’s modernization, even today more than 140 years after initial services commenced, railways in Japan are a beloved form of public transport that is utilized by many people.

On and around Railway Day which celebrates the nation’s railway development, there will be numerous themed events of varying sizes throughout the country. These will be put on by a variety of organizations including members of the JR Group and various private railway companies, industry-related organizations, and elements of the national government, etc.

The “Railway Festival” that is to be held in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park is one such event. Celebrating its 24th birthday this year, it is an occasion where all ages, from the young to the old, can fully enjoy themselves. At the booths set up by railway companies and related businesses, etc., from throughout Japan, there will be railway-themed displays and also an extensive range of unique novelty goods put on sale. Visitors will have a great opportunity to get their hands on a variety of rare items! Additionally, there are many other exciting activities planned. There will be popular character-themed stage shows and miniture railway rides for the children, and games and concerts that the whole family can enjoy, etc. Even if you aren’t a trainspotter, please come along with the whole family nevertheless and enjoy this wonderful event on an autumn day!

The 24th Railway Festival
Dates: October 7th & 8th (Sat. & Sun.) (admission free)
Location: Hibiya Park in the vicinity of the large fountain.

*Please see the following website for more details:
■Details Regarding “Railway Day” (the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism website)
http://www.mlit.go.jp/tetudo/tetudo_tk1_000004.html (in Japanese only)