Why don’t you get on the slow tram in high speed Tokyo?

Why don’t you get on the slow tram in high speed Tokyo?

I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries. I’ve got the license of the certificate English guide in Japan for 8 years.

I show you hidden Japan which you have never seen and heard of!

Tokyo Sakura Tram( Tokyo metropolitan tram)

Otsuka station
Tokyo Sakura Tram

I went to JR( Japan rail) Otsuka station in the center of Tokyo today.

The station is also home to the Tokyo Sakura Tram, the only streetcar in Tokyo.

The Tokyo Sakura Tram was established in 1907 as a means of transport for the people of Tokyo.

And at its peak, it boasted a total length of 213km.

But in the 1950s motorization had been started in Japan.

Then loss-making routes gradually increased due to the progress of motorization.

Once a decision was made to abolish all the lines in 1972.

However, it was decided to keep the line here , which has 100,000 daily passengers.

Because of the strong support of the local residents.

Also the fact that the tram line are on a separate track from the car roads.

Moreover the fact that the tram line does not run alongside the road, making it difficult to run replacement buses.

The line is 12 km long now and connects the downtown area, slightly north of Tokyo.

The tram cars are cute, only single-car, one-man drive cars with a single driver.

One driver car
One driver car

The maximum speed is only 40km.

Tram is running

Asukayama park

In the middle of the liner here is Asukayama Park, which has been famous for cherry blossom viewing since the feudal period.

Woodblock print of Asukayama
Asukayama park

I think it’s the reason why it’s named Tokyo Sakura ( cherry)Tram.

High speed trains

While the image of Tokyo is one of cutting-edge high-speed trains.

Shinkansen Komachi
Linear motor car

Shinkansen is running at 320 km/h and the linear motor cars scheduled to be completed in 2027 at a speed of 500 km/h.

But Tokyo is also a place where the good old days still exist.

Down town

You can feel the atmosphere of downtown Tokyo, each station is small, and you can understand the atmosphere of daily life of people in Tokyo.

Why don’t you take a leisurely ride on the Tokyo Sakura Tram too?

Down town flowers

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