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Toei Streetcar(Toden) Arakawa Line

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I am happy these exist! Quaint with a lot of character. Old Tokyo, narrow streets, authentic non-tourist shopping.

You can get here quite easily from Nippori station (which is on the Yamanote line). Transfer to the Keisei line and go to Machiya Station. Walk a few meters to the Machiyaekimae... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can get here quite easily from Nippori station (which is on the Yamanote line). Transfer to the Keisei line and go to Machiya Station. Walk a few meters to the Machiyaekimae Station, where you ill get on the Toden-Awakawa line to Minowabashi Station. Once you get to Minowabashi Station, nearby is the Joyful Minowa shopping street, with a few... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We found the nearest stop to our hotel and although I was a little nervous about asking the driver for a one day pass he understood me perfectly and 400¥ is small change in Tokyo. We hopped on and off the tram to explore. Go to the end of the line at Minowabashi walk a little distance and turn left... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Spent the whole day riding the Streetcar and getting and off various stations. Buy the whole day ticket 400 yen. Streetcars run every 5 or so minutes so it's easy to get off, take a walk, look around and return to the station. Roses along the line were in bloom so looked amazing. Loved walking the neighbourhoods and seeing how... More 

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Udon Thani, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

We travelled with TODEN on January 22nd 2016, from the terminal station at Minowabashi to Jizo dori. The tram was almost empty we could enjoy the view of several Tokyo s wards and the ways of older passengers. The streetcar bells that ring DING DING at every crossing, the streetcar stopping at a red light just like a car the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

I love this 'ting ting' tram. The rows of roses on either side of the line are nice touches, making it romantic but the best parts were the various stops we made and explored. We met nice locals, curious school children and friendly hostess of a sushi bar (Yanagawa Sushi and Restaurant, Waseda which unfortunately not found on TripAdvisor, tried... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Streecars which used to be so prominent in Tokyo are now nearly all sadly gone. The last line is this - the Toden Arakawa Line. The terminus at Minowa is a good place to board, perhaps after a visit to the nearby Kozukappara execution grounds which are a 10 minute walk away. The other terminus is on the north side... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

The Toden will take you past places where tourists rarely frequent, past houses and old bits of Tokyo which are interesting simply because of their age. Tokyo being Tokyo, you'll be hard pressed to find much which is classically Tokyo. Most of the people taking the Toden are old and that's because of the neighbourhoods it passes. You can start... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

A great traditional tram but as most of the other reviews go, its mainly for the fact that its the last one that it is of any interest rather than being an attraction in of itself. If you have ridden electric trams anywhere else in the world I wouldnt say it is worth riding unless it specifically goes somewhere you... More 

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Ebina, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

The very last operating streetcar in Tokyo. This line is actually very long in distance. Parts of the line does share the road way with the vehicles. The rest goes between homes and alley's.

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Minato, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

This street car is operated by Tokyo metoropolitan goverment. It is called as TODEN. TO means TOKYO and DEN means an electric car. The words consists of two words as TO and DEN. Therefore it's called as TODEN. The line is only one by operated Tokyo Goverment between Minowa and Waseda as Arakawa Line. The street car fare is \170... More 

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