The Toden Arakawa Line

The Toden Arakawa line, affectionately known as the Ching-Ching Densha because of the sound of its bell, is the last surviving tram service in Tokyo and a charming addition to Shitamachi’s downtown retro atmosphere. It was built in 1913 and is still going strong, although the one-extensive streetcar network has been closed down. It runs from Minowabashi to Waseda station in the West, and a one-way journey from terminus to terminus takes 50 minutes. It’s a thoroughly charming Diesel Punk reminder – that the future is not what it used to be.

The main gate

The map of the route

Even the toilets are Modernist Retro.

The terminus at Waseda, near the famous University.

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