Recommended trip routes to explore Tokyo by streetcar

Written by Editorial department
5 Apr 2017
Last update :

When traveling in Tokyo, it is convenient to utilize public transportation. If you use a discount service such as “Toei One-day Pass (Toei Marugoto Kippu)” that grants you unlimited access to Toei transportation (including Toei Subway, Toei Bus, Toden streetcar and such), you will receive great amount of discount too.
In this media, we have introduced some recommended routes for Tokyo sightseeing utilizing Toei Kotsu. This time, we want to tell you about a Tokyo stroll utilizing “Toden Arakawa line” streetcar.

What is the Toei One-day Pass?

Valid for one full day, you can hop on and off Toei subways, Toei buses (incl. the Tama area), the Toei Streetcar Arakawa Line, and the Nippori-Toneri Liner freely and unlimitedly. By mastering the Toei lines, you can smoothly make your way from point to point without missing anything that Tokyo has to offer.

Toei One-day Pass
Toei One-day Pass

Basic information on Toei One-day Pass

Price
Adult 700 yen, Child 350 yen
Sales locations
Ticket machines in all Toei subway stations and Nippori-Toneri Liner stations, and on Toei buses and streetcars.

Suggested routes on streetcar using “Toei One-day Pass”

Down below, we will tell you about 5 selected recommended spots that are along Toden Arakawa line. While on a streetcar, enjoy views from windows that will show you different atmosphere of the area compared to central part of Tokyo.

Visiting spot # 1: “Coffee-kan Minowa” short walk from Minowabashi station

A coffee shop next to Minowabashi station; the first stop of Toden Arakawa line. This is a popular spot for photo shoots where you can watch streetcar right outside of shop windows. Menu includes Coffee-kan blend for ¥420 (half price after the second cup).

Watch streetcar from inside the shop
Watch streetcar from inside the shop

Coffee-kan Minowa

Tel
03-3801-5326
Address
1-17-8 Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours
8:00-20:00
Closed
Open every day
URL(English)
www.ufs.co.jp/en/brand/kohikan/

Visiting spot #2: “Arakawa Yuen” approximately 3 minutes’ walk from Arakawa Yuenchi-mae station

District-operated amusement park that opened in 1922. Attractions include “the slowest roller coaster in Japan”, a Ferris wheel and a pet zoo.

Ferris-wheel to overlook Sumida River
Ferris-wheel to overlook Sumida River

Arakawa Yuen

Tel
03-3893-6003
Address
6-35-11 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
Tuesdays (open if National holiday), December 29th through January 1st
Admission
¥200 (adults)
URL(Japanese)
www.city.arakawa.tokyo.jp/yuuen/

Visit Spot #3: “Asukayama Park” fairly short walk from Asukayama station

A park with approximately 650 cherry blossom trees.
It has been loved since Edo period as a famous spot for cherry blossom. In the park, there are real SL train and Toden train displayed. “Asuka Park Rail”; a monorail that goes up to the summit of Asuka Mountain is also a popular attraction.

Cherry blossoms peak around late March and early April every year
Cherry blossoms peak around late March and early April every year

Asukayama Park

Tel
03-3908-9275
Address
1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours
Open anytime for stroll (parts of the park are closed), Asuka Park Rail 10:00 to 16:00
Closed
Open every day
Admission
Free
URL(Japanese)
www.city.kita.tokyo.jp/dourokoen/bunka/koenichiran/asukayama.html

Visit spot #4: “Sugamozizo Shopping Street” approximately 2 minutes’ walk from Koshinzuka station

200 shops lined up along 800m long former Nakayama-do offering distinctive sweets and clothes for reasonable prices. On every 4th, 14th and 24th of a month, the street gets even busier for a fair. Smoking is prohibited on the street in the area.

Busy street with many families and seniors visiting
Busy street with many families and seniors visiting

Visit spot #5: Kishimojin-do approximately 3 minutes’ walk from Kishimojin-mae station

A temple that worships “Shiboshin”; god for safe delivery of a child and also child rearing. A line of zelkova trees along Sando leading from Kishibojin-mae station is designated as one of natural monuments of Tokyo. A huge maidenhair tree approximately 700 years old tree age in a temple precinct is a must-see.

Souvenirs available at Kishimojin-do
Souvenirs for a visit are sold along the road approaching Kishimojin-do.

Kishimojin-do

Tel
03-3982-8347
Address
3-15-20 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours
Open anytime for stroll
URL (Japanese)
www.kishimojin.jp

For those who have visited Japan several times, following routes like this to oversee daily lives of Japanese people would bring new discoveries. If that is something you want to find out yourself, do not forget to purchase a Toei One-day Pass!