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1392 With many ships moving in and out of the harbor and the activities of their shipping agents, Shinagawa Port of the Middle Ages bustles with activity.
1457 Edo Castle is built by Dokan Ota and Edo Port is established at Edomaejima at the mouth of the Hirakawa River.
1612 The Tokugawa Shogunate takes on the reconstruction of the port, providing for extensive berthing facilities.


June of this year sees the arrival of Commodore Perry at Uraga and, in August, the Shogunate begins constructing gun batteries at Shinagawa (completed in July, 1854).
1858 The conclusion of the U.S.-Japan Amity and Commerce Treaty begins about the opening of five ports and two cities, Osaka and Edo, to international contact.
1880 Governor Matsuda first proposes his concept for the improvement of the Port.
1906 The first phase of operations is initiated at the estuary of the Sumida River to accommodate waterways and wharves to 500-ton vessels.
1923 Awareness of the importance of the Port of Tokyo is further enhanced by the devastating effect of the Great Kanto Earthquake on the overland transport system.
1925 The Hinode Terminal is completed and opens as the first modern terminal in March the following year.
1932 The Shibaura Terminal is completed.
1934 The Takeshiba Terminal is completed.
1941 The Port opens as an international port on May 20th of this year.
1945 The end of the war sees virtually the entire port area being requisitioned by the Allied Forces.
1950 The partially-completed Toyosu Coal Terminal begins operations. The Port Law is promulgated.
1951 The Port is designated as a major port and, under provisions of Port Law, is placed under the administration of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
1955 Berth No.1 of the Harumi Terminal commences public operation.
1967 The Shinagawa Container Terminal is completed.
The Hawaiian Planter is the fIrst fully-containerized vessel to arrive at the Port. Regu1arly-scheduled container routes are opened to the West Coast of North America.
1971 Regularly-scheduled European container routes are opened (Oi Terminals).
1974 The Cargo Terminal is completed at No.13 and ferry transport from the Ferry Terminal swing into full operation with three berths completed.
1975 All eight berths are completed at the Oi Container Terminal.
1977 General principles pertaining to reclamation development in the Port are put into effect.
1985 Berth No.1 of the Aomi Container Terminal commences operation.
1991 A celebration and related events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the port are held.
The Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal commences operation.
1993 The Rainbow Bridge is completed.
Berth No.2 of the Amni Container Terminal commences operation.
1994 Berth No.3 of the Aomi Container Terminal begins operation.
1995 The Tokyo Waterfront New Transit '"Yurikamome" begins operation.
All zones of the Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal are completed.
1996 Berth No.4 of the Aomi Container Terminal begins operation.
Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit, Inc."Rinkai Line" opens for service.
1998 Berth No.7(Renewal)of Oi Container Terminal begins operation.
1999 Berth No.3(Renewal)of Oi Container Terminal begins operation.
2000 Berth No.6(Renewal)of Oi Container Terminal begins operation.
2001 The port's 60th anniversary Commemorative campaign and activities are held.
2002 Port of Tokyo Seaside Road, Section #1, open to traffic.
2003 New Berth No.5 at Oi Container Terminal begins operation.
2004 New Berth No. 1 at Oi Container Terminal begins operation.
2006 Extension as far as Toyosu Station on the Yurikamome Line
2008 Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Yokohama City and Kawasaki City entered into the basic agreement to promote the wide area cooperation further
2010 The Port of Keihin(Port of Tokyo, Port of Kawasaki and Port of Yokohama) was designated as the "International Container Strategic Port."
2011 "Port of Tokyo 70th Anniversary" Project developments.
Construction complete on new dredger "Kairyu"(Sea Dragon)
2012 Tokyo Port Seaside Road Construction ZoneⅡ(Tokyo Gate Bridge) Opens.