History

Shaping the Times with Care

Construction companies shape the world like no one else can, creating unique and timeless spaces that bridge the past, the present, and the future.

As Obayashi professionals, we are each determined to bring sincerity, courtesy, mindfulness, and enthusiasm to everything we do.

In every ­construction process, and in every ­business practice, we carry a strong sense of responsibility.

1892-1945

Building the Foundations of the Construction Business

1914 Tokyo Central Station (currently Tokyo Station)
1924 Hanshin Koshien Stadium
1931 The Main Tower of Osaka Castle

The predecessor of Obayashi Corporation was founded on January 25, 1892 by Yoshigoro Obayashi as a civil engineering and building construction contractor in Osaka. At that time, directly after the Meiji Restoration, every industry in Japan was beginning to take steps towards modernization.

We were involved in construction of plants and offices for various industries as well as infrastructure construction projects such as ports and railroads. In February 1904, the company name was changed to Obayashi Corporation. 

Starting with our successful construction of Tokyo Central Station (­currently Tokyo Station) in 1914, we completed a string of iconic buildings for the time, including Hanshin Koshien Stadium and the reconstruction of the Main Tower of Osaka Castle. These achievements consolidated our position as a national-scale construction company.

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1946-1990

Rapid Development

1956 Nukabira Dam Power Generation Development
1964 Yoyogi National Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
1965 Musi River Bridge (Indonesia)
1970 Japan World Exposition (Theme Pavilion)
1972 Minato Bridge on Hanshin Expressway Route 5 Bayshore Line
1982 San Francisco Sewer (U.S.A.)

During the post-war reconstruction period, we applied our full attention to rebuilding key facilities throughout Japan, such as government offices, schools, and hospitals. We were also involved in several dam construction projects that pioneered electrical power development.

Thereafter, as Japan's car manufacturing, petrochemical, and synthetic fiber industries grew rapidly, the construction industry also advanced with the introduction of new materials and building methods.

In the 1960s, we undertook our first overseas project. We were also involved in numerous major projects in Japan as we developed into one of Japan's leading general contracting companies.

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1994 Kansai International Airport: Creation of ­Airport Island and Passenger Terminal
1996 Canal City Hakata
1997 Kyoto Station Building
1997 Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line
1997 Singapore Airport Building (Singapore)
1997 Osaka Dome
1998 Shinagawa Intercity
1998 Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
1999 Stadium Australia (Australia)
1999 Tomisato Dam

After marking our centenary, we continued to ride a wave of vigorous construction demand and expanded our business operations even further.

We participated in numerous major projects in Japan and overseas, including the Kansai International Airport, the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, and the main stadium for the Sydney Olympics, as well as being involved in construction of urban landmarks, such as ­Shinagawa Intercity and Kyocera Dome Osaka.

We began to undertake aggressive overseas development in response to expanding overseas demand, widening the range of our operations.

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2001 The Metropolitan Area Outer Discharge ­Channel-Tunnel (First section tunnel)
2002 Oasis 21
2006 Taiwan High Speed Rail (Taiwan)
2010 Hoover Dam Bypass Project: Colorado River Bridge (U.S.A.)
2011 Dubai Metro Project (Dubai, U.A.E.)
2012 TOKYO SKYTREE®
2013 Grand Front Osaka
2014 Toranomon Hills
2015 Sagamihara Interchange Ramp Bridge, Sagami Longitudinal Expressway
2015 San Francisco General Hospital (U.S.A.)
2016 Onoyama Viaduct
2017 DUO (Singapore)
2018 Waterview Connection Tunnels and Great North Road Interchange (New Zealand)

Entering the 21st century, we have participated in several distinctive projects in Japan, such as the construction of the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, TOKYO SKYTREE®, and Toranomon Hills. We have also worked on urban development projects throughout Japan, including Grand Front Osaka and Oasis 21 in Nagoya.

Overseas construction projects include the Taiwan High Speed Rail, the Colorado River Bridge, and the Dubai Metro.

We will continue to meet diverse construction needs, such as disaster prevention and mitigation and reducing environmental impact.

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