Toden Arakawa Line

Toden Arakawa Line 都電荒川線

Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo, Japan.
Toden Arakawa Line with the Yamanote Line in the background, Tokyo

The 12km-long Toden Arakawa Line is basically Tokyo's last remaining streetcar (tram) line, though a claim can also being made for the Tokyu Setagaya Line (東急世田谷線), which runs from Sangen-Jaya to Shimo-Takaido in Setagaya-ku.

The earliest parts of the Toden Arakawa Line date from 1913 and the line survived the wholesale destruction of Tokyo's streetcars in the 1960's due to opposition from local residents.

The Toden Arakawa Line runs from Waseda Station north to Minowabashi Station. It takes about 48 minutes to traverse its 29 stations. The Toden Arakawa Line connects with the Yamanote Line, Tokyo subway and the Nippori-Toneri Liner.

The Toden Arakawa Line tram provides access to the Zoshigaya Cemetery, Waseda University, Gakushuin and Koganji Temple.

Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo.
Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo

Tokyo was once criss-crossed by a number of trams (known as chin chin densha) for the characteristic sound of their bells. Present fares are a flat 170 yen, or use your travel pass (Suica/Pasmo etc) and pay 165 yen. The main rolling stock is modern, though a few traditional trams are also in service.

Announcements on the train are in Japanese and in English too. The next station is displayed on electronic boards in the carriages in both Japanese and English.

The full list of stops on the Toden Arakawa Line with intersecting lines are: Minowabashi (Hibiya Line), Arakawa-Itchu-mae, Arakawa-Kuyakusho-mae, Arakawa-Nichome, Arakawa-Nanachome, Machiya-Ekimae (Keisei Main Line, Chiyoda Line), Machiya-Nichome, Higashi-Ogu-Sanchome, Kumanomae (Nippori-Toneri Liner), Miyanomae, Odai, Arakawa-Yuenchi-mae, Arakawa-Shako-mae, Kajiwara, Sakaecho, Oji-Ekimae (Keihin-Tohoku Line, Namboku Line), Asukayama, Takinogawa-Itchome, Nishigahara-Yonchome, Shin-Koshinzuka (Toei Mita Line), Koshinzuka, Sugamo-Shinden, Otsuka-Ekimae (Yamanote Line), Mukohara, Higashi-Ikebukuro-Yonchome (Yurakucho Line), Toden-Zoshigaya, Kishibojinmae, Gakushuin-shita, Omokagebashi and Waseda (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line).

Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo, Japan.
8900 Class Tram, Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo
Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo.
Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo
Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo, Japan.
7000 Class Tram, Toden Arakawa Line, Tokyo

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