Shibuya, A Town Of Constant Change, Had Ropeway In The Early 1950s


Shibuya, a town of constant change, had ropeway in the early 1950sA ropeway exclusively for children opened in the Shibuya district of central Tokyo in 1951.
The cable car, named “Hibari-go,” could accommodate 12 kids and made round trips between what was then the Toyoko department store and the Tamaden building (current west building of the Tokyu department store chain’s Toyoko outlet). The distance between the two spots was 75 meters.

Records of the day show that so many children lined up to board the cable car that some had to give up doing so.

“I fondly remember that, along with my family's maid, I looked up and found a ropeway floating in a wide sky,” said Yutaka Sato, 64, who lives in the Shibuya district.

It took time for the operator to get approval for the ropeway because it had to travel over railway lines. The ropeway only operated for about two years because of plans to expand the Tamaden building.

“There were dreams in urban development,” Sato said, adding, “Shibuya is a town where construction is always under way.”

The sounds of construction are also echoing now.