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The Showa Era (1925-1989) started 90 years ago - and now a classic Showa-style trolley bus has been launched!
“Tokyo Station~Nihonbashi Bridge Showa Retro Tour” To Be Held
25 Days From Saturday, October 10, 2015 to Tuesday, November 3 (public holiday)

September 14, 2015
Tokyo Station City Management Council
Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. Ltd.
Takashimaya Company, Limited
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
Yaesu Shopping Mall Co., Ltd.

The six organizations of the Tokyo Station City Management Council,* the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co., Ltd., Takashimaya Company, Limited, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd., and Yaesu Shopping Mall Co., Ltd. will hold an event entitled “Tokyo Station~Nihonbashi Bridge Showa Retro Tour” over the 25-day period from Saturday, October 10, 2015 to the public holiday of Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Over 30,000 people enjoyed taking part in last year's event - "Let’s walk! Tokyo Station - Nihonbashi 100 years walk" - held from Saturday, October 11, 2014 to Saturday, December 20, 2015.

The area from Tokyo Station to Nihonbashi includes junctions imbued with history. As a starting point for many of Japan’s major railways and highways, this area contains a multitude of attractions, including its rich history as well as many gourmet dining restaurants.

To commemorate this year marking the passage of 90 years from the beginning of the Showa Era, our event will introduce some spots that have historical associations with “Showa.” When you look at the so-called “wrapping” trolley bus that closely resembles the streetcar that freely ran in the Showa Era, or hold the commemorative old-style ticket that is only available during the event, you will feel that you are on a walking-railroad trip. As you walk, you can freely choose whether to immerse yourself in a Showa or modern-day environment. You are about to discover that the Tokyo Station to Nihonbashi area is one that is surprisingly new:

Commemorative ticket and ticket-mount

A “wrapping” trolley bus

Event Overview

  1. Distribution of walking maps and commemorative old-style tickets
    From Saturday, October 10 to Tuesday, November 3 (public holiday)
    *Distributed at six venues.
  2. Ticket punching demonstration by former streetcar staff
    From Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12 (public holiday), Saturday, October 31, Sunday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 3 (public holiday)
    *Tickets are punched with a different design at each of the six venues.
    *Please enjoy the nostalgic repeated clicking sound of the punch.
  3. Showa-style spots to open in Tokyo Station
    From Friday, October 9 to Tuesday (Public Holiday), November 3
    *There will be a special event-venue on the 2F deck of Grand Roof. There will also be a Showa-style ticket barrier and small candy stores.
  4. (Related event) The “wrapping” trolley bus will operation (planned)
    Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays during Saturday, October 10, 2015 to Tuesday, November 3 (public holiday), (except for October 11 and November 25)
    *Streetcars will be running on Chuo Dori and other streets that they used to actually run on. Nostalgic street scenes from yesteryear will be created.
Tokyo Station, JR East Japan Special event-venue on the 2F deck of the Grand Roof
Daimaru Tokyo Store 1F Information Desk
(~20:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
Takashimaya Tokyo Store 1F Entrance Information Counter
Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store Main Store 1F Lion Exit Information Desk
COREDO Muromachi 1 B1F, Nihonbashi Information Center
Yaesu Underground Shopping Area Information Center, Yaesu Underground Shopping Area