Toei Streetcar(Toden) Arakawa Line(Tokyo Sakura Tram)

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Toei Streetcar(Toden) Arakawa Line(Tokyo Sakura Tram)

Toei Streetcar(Toden) Arakawa Line(Tokyo Sakura Tram)
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TheWard
Sydney, Aust234 contributions
Nov 2019
Riding this street car from beginning of end is a great way to while away a day (or half-day) in parts of Tokyo that few tourists see. Liking train travel or unique modes of transport helps. So if you like the Enoden (Enoshima Electric Railway) in Kamakura, you will love this. Get a day pass and jump on and off at points that look interesting along the way. There's backstreets and laneways to explore, Sugamo (the grandma's Harajuku), and Minowabashi shopping mall, along with a million other places. Discover unique sweet shops and eateries. You will find online guides which tell you what to look out for at each stop or if you like the look of somewhere, just get off and explore and then jump back on. We made the mistake of using our Suica card and spent quite a bit of money jumping on and off, so get the day pass.
Written March 7, 2020
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RICHARD O
90 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
If you want an authentic Japanese experience in the center of the largest city in the world, you should try the Toden Arakawa Line. It takes you places you would never see otherwise and will bring you into contact with the little bit that exists of pre-World War II Japan. When boarding the train ask for the Toden Ichinichi Joshaken (one-day unlimited rides for ¥400) or buy the Toei Marugoto Kippu for all day service on the Toei Metro line and the Arakaw.

I like to start at the Minowabashi Station. The Minowa Metro Station is nearby. Also near the station is Joyful Minowa, a new old-fashioned shopping district, home to the 280-yen bento shop and 10-gyoza-for-300-yen shop.

Arakawa Yuenchimae Station, just a few stops along the line, will introduce you to an an old-fashioned amusement park.

At Kajiwara Station, next to the tracks there is a shop called Akemi Seika that sells cakes in the shape of streetcars.

At Arakawa-shakomae Station, the Toden Omoide no Hiroba is a small plaza dedicated to past Tokyo Toden lines and trams. In this plaza you’ll find maps, historical displays and two of the old streetcars from the Showa Period.

The Asukayama Station is a place of historical and natural interest. Located on high ground, with streams that spill over waterfalls to feed the Shakujii River.

Visti the nearby Oji Inari Shinto shrine. (To the northwest) or the Paper Museum.

At the Zoshigaya Station: oyou will find the Zoshigaya cemetery. Grass-covered uneven paths, surrounded by trees and the pervasive fragrance of incense. Final resting place of many celebrated residents, including writers Natsume Soseki and Lafcadio Hearn and prime minister Hideki Tojo.

Waseda Station; end of line. Eisei Bunko Foundation museum. Hosokawa Collection. Head north along Kondo River for four little blocks to Toyokawainari Shrine: 〒112-0015 Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Mejirodai, 1 Chome−5 目白台1丁目
Head east 2 large blocks; turn left and climb steps to museum. Open 10 to 4:30.Take return trip.
Written March 3, 2017
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slowjocrow
Auckland, New Zealand117 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
What a great experience this was! Seeing people going about their business as usual, hopping on and off the tram. It took us to places that are off the usual tourist trail and well worth the trip. We picked the coldest day Tokyo had experienced in 49 years so each time we got off the tram we were greeted by a blast of cold air. Waiting at some of the stations we were very cold and the tram was welcomed by us as we hopped back on! We had such a great time and would recommend this to everyone!
Written February 17, 2018
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ursularuh2
Minato, Japan34 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
It’s also called “ Sakura Tram”. Whoever had the idea to call it Sakura Tram - it’s 100% misleading. You would expect the rails or long parts of it being accompanied by cherry trees....., no way. The nice part begins at Kanda river, almost the final stop. I rode it today Sakura’s out and only VERY few trees can be seen between Minowabashi where it starts until Waseda, where it ends. Instead a lot of down-to-earth buildings which is ok, but I rode the tram to enjoy Sakura.....
Eventually I could enjoy Sakura along Kanda river
Written March 23, 2021
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elsiek
London861 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
This one of the last trams running in Tokyo and we easily accessed it from Higashi-Ikebukurg metro station. It is a flat fare of 170 yen to travel anywhere. You must give the correct money although they do accept the Pasmo travel card. We specifically used the tram to get to Asukayama Park for a lovely local view of cherry blossom at its best. In getting there we got to travel through the suburbs, and because the track sometimes runs really close to the houses we couldn't resist an intimate peek into those houses and gardens. Also worth riding it from one end of the line to the other just for fun
Written April 3, 2014
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Rebecca L
Oyster Bay7 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
The tram ride was fantastic and showed a quieter side to busy Tokyo. Just a word of warning, though -- we caught the tram from Waseda on a Saturday morning and it was PACKED. Like, jammed-up-against-a-window-with-one-stranger-wedged-in-your-armpit-and-another-one's-elbow-stuck-in-your-eye kind of crowded. So you may want to pick a different day/time to ride, especially if you're planning to stay on the whole time.
Written March 23, 2018
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Rita C
5 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
I have had the opportunity to live in Tokyo three different times: as an Expat's kid, as poor student and as young professional. I took my daughter to Tokyo and we rode the Toei Toden Arakawa Line. It was truly a journey back in time. My daughter had the opportunity to really experience Japan. If you don't have time to ride the whole like, that's okay. I highly recommend this activity. It's one of the best ways to discover all that Tokyo has to offer. It's a wonderful activity for families.
Written July 17, 2017
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BernieNobels
New York City, NY58 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Our room was in Koshinzuka and this was the best way to get there. We rode this tram at least twice daily and loved it. We didn't get a pass, but I assume there is one and it would probably would have been better for us. Parts of the line are gorgeous when the roses are in bloom. This is clearly a lifeline for the locals. It can get busy around rush hour when locals are getting to/from trains. We found this tram an utterly charming and convenient way to get around Tokyo and see some sights off the tourist trail. To think some of this line has been in operation since 1913.
Written June 25, 2017
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,201 contributions
Aug 2019
Sakura Tram previously called Toden Aragawa Line is operated by Toei Company and is the only Toden electric tram that still running. The tram line serves between Minowabashi and Waseda. There are a few important stops along Sakura line that connect passengers to other Toei Subway lines, JR/private train lines or Tokyo Metro. Sakura Tram travels along the Aragawa neighborhoods where everyday's Japanese work and live. Some of the tram cars look nostalgic in designs while others look modern. During my 8th trip to Japan this summer I happened to pick up an official Tokyo Travel Guide and read about the newly named Sakura Tram. I believe it's now getting more attentions by the tourists.

I made my ways to Aragawa by Tokyo Metro Chiyado Line, I got off at C17- Machiya stop. Upon exiting, I saw Sakura Tram platform Machiya-ekimae is just at the corner of the exit. My mission was to find Ramen 1/20 in Higashiogu-3 chome, which was recommended by the article as one of the Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded ramen shops along Sakura Line. But it was closed on that day. So we returned and rode on the Sakura again the next day. We bought one-day pass for 400 yen. Slowly meandering through neighborhood of Aragawa, I witnessed different aspects of everyday's Tokyo where local people live and work. I saw families with small children, babies in the strollers, older folks, students, workers, etc. There were no foreigners on the tram as I could tell. In reality it is a dependable and convenient transportation for the locals and Toei Company wants to invite you to witness the beautiful neighborhood and not-so-chaotic life style in the city of Aragawa.

Along the tram line there are several attractions that are worthy of visits. We had ramen in Higashiogu-3 chome. We enjoyed panoramic views of the broader Tokyo, popular landmarks such as Skytree and Shinkansen trains running on high speeds, all from an observatory(free entry) lobby on the 17th floor of Hoku Topia commercial building next to JR Oji Station. We sampled old-fashioned sweets at a traditional tea shop located on the Sugamoshinden platform and cool treats at a cafe off Minowabashi platform. Finally we shopped around Joyful Minowa, a small shopping arcade selling old-fashioned bakeries, sweets and markets selling fresh meat/seafood/produce(or preserved) to mainly local customers. Toei's Sakura Tram one-day 400 yen pass took us through these wonderful experiences. Unfortunately we had our time limited and didn't make visits to other attractions that are worthy of mention. When I return to Japan next time I would take the Sakura Tram rides again to visit where I have missed.
Written October 4, 2019
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Belle N
Hornsby, Australia638 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Get a one day pass where you can hope on and off the tram. The pass will cost 400yen. You can buy it from the driver when you get onto the tram. Check the website for details and decide which stops you want to alight. Worth a visit to see how the locals do their shoppings and commute.
Written January 13, 2018
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