BLOGWalking2021.06.09

"Ro-den no HI (Streetcar Day)" in Japan

June 10 is "Ro-den no HI (Streetcar Day)" in Japan.

It was established in 1995 from the play on the word "6 (Ro) 10 (Den)."

June 11, 1912 is the day Kyoto City Trams opened.

It is said that Kyoto was the first streetcar in Japan that was the predecessor of Kyoto City Trams.

In 1895, Kyoto Electric Railway (Kyoden) started operating as Japan's first official means of transportation.

It is said that hydroelectric power generated by Lake Biwa Canal was used for electric power, and a road on which trams ran had already been developed.

The first line of the Keiden was the Fushimi Line, running from Higashinotoin Shiokoji to Fushimi Shimoaburakake.

After that, it will be opened from Shichijo to Kiyamachi-dori and Okazaki, and the line was expanded.

1895 is the year when the '4th National Industrial Exhibition' was held in Okazaki along with the construction of Heian-jingu Shrine.

It is said that streetcars were useful as vehicles to carry visitors to the National Industrial Exhibition.

On June 11, 1912, the number of routes increased due to the widening of roads, and Kyoto City Trams started its operation.

In 1918, the streetcar was integrated into the Kyoto City Trams, and the entire line was run by the city.

After that, the Kyoto City Trams ran all over the city.

It became a popular destination for many citizens until its abolition in 1978 due to the spread of automobiles.

In March 2021, as many as 877 volumes of Kyoto City Trams materials were designated as tangible cultural properties of Kyoto City.

Why don't you think about the town of Kyoto more than 40 years ago, whether you've ridden them or not?

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Heian-jingu Shrine built in 1895 at the time of the 4th National Industrial Exhibition.

For this reason, the oldest extant train has been dedicated to the Minami Shinen Garden of Heian-jingu Shrine.

The No. 2 tram was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2020.

It was the first streetcar to be designated as such.

*We need to pay a Shin-en admission fee to see "The No. 2 tram".

In Umekoji-koen Park, the "Shiden Hiroba Square" rest area, which uses trains of Kyoto City Trams, is popular.

On weekends, we can ride the "Chin Chin Densha (Trains)", which reproduces the trains of the time.

*We need to pay fare for "Chin Chin Densha (Trains)".


Umekoji-koen Park
56 -3 Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ward, Kyoto
A short walk from JR Umekoji Kyoto-nishi Station


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