Don’t lose track on Tokyo Toden’s last streetcar

Until the late sixties, Tokyo Toden was one of the most complicated streetcar networks in the world. Streetcar tracks could be seen anywhere in the city much like in my hometown Amsterdam today. In Tokyo Toden’s golden years, close to 100 lines ran through Tokyo on a total of 41 routes.

Today, Tokyo still boasts one of the (if not, THE) most complicated transport networks in the word, but Toden’s streetcars are hardly part of it anymore.
However, although most tourists are unaware of it, one persistent streetcar refuses to go off tracks, the Arakawa Line to be precise.

Running from Waseda to Minowabashi, the Arakawa Line is a nostalgic ride through a modern city. While the majority of its 12-kilometer long track covers old-fashioned shitamachi townscapes, it runs right through the hustle and bustle of Ikebukuro and Otsuka as well.

With interesting stops like Oji and Machiya, the charming Arakawa Line offers enough to keep you busy for at least a day, if not more. Hop on with the one-day economy pass available for 400 yen and venture into a deep Tokyo that is left undiscovered by most tourists.

Toden Arakawa Line

One-day economy pass fares: 400 yen (adults) 200 yen (children from 6 to 11)