On October 14, 1872, Japan’s first railway opened, connecting Shimbashi, Tokyo and Yokohama. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism designated the day an official holiday in in 1994. Today, Japan is home to one of the most advanced (and punctual) rail systems on Earth. It moves 10 billion passengers a year over 19,000 miles, and the average delay per year is under a minute.
In a normal year there would be celebrations held at train stations across Japan, but due to the unique circumstances of 2020 those events have been canceled. So, if you want to mark the occasion at home, watch a video about the most famous Japanese train of them all, the Shinkansen.