Travel back to the ’60s with Tokyo Monorail

Posted at 6:37 pm, April 14, 2014 in Around Town

Connecting Haneda Airport with Hamamatsucho and the city centre, the Tokyo Monorail has been serving travellers and commuters for a good 50 years now. Originally built as part of the massive efforts to improve city infrastructure for the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964, the line has been expanded and improved upon several times over the years, and there has even been talk of connecting the Monorail with Tokyo Station sometime in the future. In conjunction with the line’s 50th anniversary, Tokyo Monorail Co. has released rare footage detailing the construction and early days of this recognisable route. This 20-minute video, produced in 1966 as an advertisement film and then largely forgotten, takes the viewer straight back to the rapidly expanding Tokyo of the 1960s with shots of the freshly built Metropolitan Expressway network, Tokyo Tower, and the seaside area at Shinagawa that was later dramatically altered through land reclamation projects. Check out the clip to add some perspective to your next Haneda trip.

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