Travel back to old Tokyo and enjoy a ride along the Toden Arakawa Line while taking stops along the way.

Enjoy the view of old-town streetscapes as you ride a rare streetcar in Tokyo. Have you ever seen Tokyo’s cute little “train” that travels slowly down the middle of the road? It’s a bit like a train and a bit like a bus, and if you have seen it, that’s the Toei Arakawa Line, which runs at a speed of 13 kilometers an hour along its 12-kilometer route from Minowabashi to Waseda. This is a single carriage vehicle staffed by the driver alone. Just before departing a stop the driver signals with a “chin chin” sound, hence the streetcar’s nickname, the “chin chin train.” “Chin chin” is a sound that […]

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Enjoy the view of old-town streetscapes as you ride a rare streetcar in Tokyo.


Have you ever seen Tokyo’s cute little “train” that travels slowly down the middle of the road? It’s a bit like a train and a bit like a bus, and if you have seen it, that’s the Toei Arakawa Line, which runs at a speed of 13 kilometers an hour along its 12-kilometer route from Minowabashi to Waseda. This is a single carriage vehicle staffed by the driver alone. Just before departing a stop the driver signals with a “chin chin” sound, hence the streetcar’s nickname, the “chin chin train.” “Chin chin” is a sound that fills everyone with feelings of old world nostalgia.

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The old fashioned carriages are one of the line’s charms. Built in 1955, they are still on active duty and have undergone a few upgrades. Drop by Toden Omoide Hiroba [Toden’s Memories Square] getting off at Arakawa Shako Mae to explore more of Toden’s delights.

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The Toden streetcar runs along narrow streets just beside old wooden homes. Looking out the windows, you can enjoy scenes removed from Tokyo’s daily hustle and bustle. Experience the old-town face of Tokyo in the lush greenery of Asukayama Park, the popular Kogan-ji Temple with its “Togenuki Jizozoson” (splinter-removing guardian of children), “Aria Kannon” (washing deity) statue, and “The oldest cheap sweets-store in Japan” located in Zoshigaya.

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Full-day tickets are 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children. A journey on the Toden, taking stops at points of interest along the way, is sure to bring you a world of attractions that are different to the usual life in the great metropolis of Tokyo.


Toei Arakawa Line English website

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