Photographer's Note

The Toden Arakawa Line is a streetcar line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation. The Arakawa Line is the sole survivor of Tokyo's once-extensive Tokyo Toden streetcar system, but it is not the only tram line in Tokyo, as the privately owned Tōkyū Setagaya Line is also classified as a streetcar. The Toden Arakawa Line operates between the terminals at Minowabashi Station and Waseda Station, and it operates on its own tracks. Presently, single driver-operated cars make the 12.2 km trip in 50 minutes. The many streetcar routes in the city of Tokyo were abolished one after another by the spread of automotive societies in the 1960s that it caused traffic stagnation. As mentioned above, the orbital lines which do business in 23 wards of Tokyo are only the this Arakawa line and Setagaya Line. In addition to Tokyo, the streetcar business is done in local cities, such as Hiroshima, Okayama, Sapporo, and Kochi etc, even now. This photograph is taken towards the direction of Minowa, Arakawa from near Ōji station, kita-ku.

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