Ginza Pedestrian Paradise

Tokyo, Japan ,1970

Did you know that in Tokyo, Japan, temporary #roadclosures have been in place for 50 years? Since 1970, Chuo Dori Street has been closed to cars on weekends, making it a “pedestrian paradise” – in Japanese 歩行者天国 (hokousha tengoku). The street is located in Ginza, a luxury shopping district. Instead of crowding the sidewalks, people can take a stroll safely on the wide streets and rest on one of the seats under the temporarily placed parasols.
Do temporary road closures happen in your city?

Photo credits: Kim Ahlström ( Cal Poly Pomona (, Hana Samurai (flickr), Roger W (flickr)

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