The Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) is the only remaining streetcar line in Tokyo operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau, running approximately 12.2 km from Minowa Bridge in Minami Senju, Arakawa-ku to Waseda in Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku.
The predecessor of Tokyo Sakura Tram was Oji Electric Railway Co.
In 1942, the company was merged into the Tokyo Municipal Transportation Bureau and became a streetcar company as a result of land transportation adjustments. The following year, with the enactment of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the name was changed to the Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau and the name was also changed to Toden.
Most trains operate between Minowabashi and Waseda, every 6 minutes during the daytime and every 2 to 5 minutes during rush hours, serving not only commuters but also the general public. There are also section trains departing from Arakawa Shako-mae, Machiya-mae, Oji-mae, and Otsuka-mae, and heading toward Minowabashi and Waseda, respectively.
How to board the tram
As with Toei buses operating within the 23 wards of Tokyo, boarding on the Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) is on a “front-loading, middle-loading” basis, with fares paid when boarding. The fares are uniform for all sections, with cash fares for adults at ¥170 and ¥90 for children, and IC fares for adults at ¥165 and ¥82 for children. This service has been introduced. The Tokyu Setagaya Line uses the same system.
Ticket information and more
Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) offers a variety of one-day passes in addition to IC tickets such as PASMO and Suica, including the “Toden One-Day Pass” that allows you to ride the Toden Arakawa Line only, the “Toei Marugoto Ticket” that allows you to ride the Toei Subway, Toei Bus and Nippori-Toneri Liner, and the “Tokyo Free Ticket” that allows you to ride the Tokyo Metro and JR In addition, the “Tokyo Free Ticket” is also available for the Tokyo Metro and JR lines within the Tokyo metropolitan area. A “common bus card” was also used in the past, but its sale and use was discontinued in 2010, and refunds were discontinued in July 2015.
Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line) Stations
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