Tokyo's Last Streetcar

Given Tokyo’s tangled streets, it’s hard to imagine that streetcars were common here until the 1960s. The Toden Arakawa Line is the only one left within central Tokyo; the oldest section dates to 1913. It was due to be demolished along with the other streetcar lines, but public outcry preserved it, and it’s been in municipal hands since the 1970s.

The route arcs across the north of the city, starting at Waseda in the west – from where it's a 10-minute walk to the gardens of Chinzan-sō – to Minowabashi in the east. The complete journey takes 50 minutes. Along the way, you'll pass homes with hanging laundry, pocket parks and plenty of the sort of everyday street life that most visitors miss. The cemetery Zōshigaya-reien also falls on the route.