The Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games 東京オリンピック1964

The rebirth of a country

The 1964 Olympics was an opportunity for Japan to fully recover from the devastation of World War II and marked the rebirth of the nation. The event was a huge success and catapulted Japan to the status of a modern and developed nation.

In the transport sector, the train was to symbolize power and speed. Since 1956, the Tôkaidô mainline was entirely electrified from Tokyo to Kobe, doing away with steam locomotives in favor of modern trains which, in 1958 offered a "Kodama" (tokkyu) service between Tokyo and Osaka (6h50 trip).

But the most impressive was the first Shinkansen high-speed line, on which a world speed record was broken in 1963 at 256 km/h, to open on October 1, 1964, to the general public, just before the Olympic Games. The Shinkansen then connected Tokyo to Osaka in 4 hrs!

Another revolutionary type of transportation, the Tokyo monorail, was introduced on September 17, 1964, allowing a fast connection between Haneda airport and the city center in about twenty min, whereas previously took 2 hrs by car due to traffic!

The construction work of the Tokyo-Haneda monorail was completed quickly, in 1 year and 3 months.

Logo Tokyo 1964

Tokyo 1964 logo

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