Dawning of the bus age --- In 1901, the first buses appeared in Kyoto. During the Taisho era (1912-1925), bus transit spread rapidly throughout Japan.

A new means of leisure --- In the Showa era (1926-1935), sightseeing buses for visitors to Japan flourished, accompanied by their comely woman conductors.

Overcoming resource scarcity --- World War II (1939 --- 1945), and the hardships it entailed, saw the bus industry strive to develop alternative fuel vehicles. (Dates are circa.)

Revival of bus transit --- After the war in 1945, the bus industry retooled and contributed greatly to the nationwide rebuilding effort.

The golden age of bus travel --- The bus industry made great strides from the mid-1950s in making bus travel faster along with adding long-distance routes.

Firmly established and ubiquitous --- Through 1970, as the Japanese economy expanded, buses became a vital part of the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

Micro networks nationwide --- From the mid-1970s, bus routes developed to serve every region, no matter how small, with timely and efficient service.

Services tailored to local needs --- Bus oversight was transferred to local governments in the mid-1980s, and urban centers saw an increase in evening bus service.

The 21st Century and beyond --- From the 1990s till today, bus travel has become diverse and eco-friendly, with NBA marking its 100th anniversary in 2003.

Established on April 18, 1927, the Nihon Bus Association has fostered growth of the bus travel industry and cooperation between its members and the general public. Since our founding, when we our entire membership comprised a mere 406 members, we have now grown to over 2,200 members covering all of Japan.

Click the timeline to view a history of the Association.