Today let me introduce you a very particular trip in Tokyo : The tokyo sakura tram.
Do you know that Tokyo has an adorable little tram called the “Sakura Tram”? It’s the nickname for the Toden Arakawa Line, one of only two streetcar lines serving the massive metropolis. It runs along Tokyo’s north, from Waseda Station via Ikebukuro, Sugamo, and Arakawa before arriving at Minowabashi.
The tram takes you through idyllic alleys and along residential quarters, showing you an entirely different side of Tokyo that you’d see if you gazed out of the windows of, say, the Yamanote Line. Flowers, traditional buildings, and the beauty of everyday life in Tokyo make a ride on the Arakawa Line so memorable. In spring, the streetcar offers breathtaking views of cherry blossoms, hence its nickname: Sakura Tram.
For only 400 yen you can have the sakura tram pass and its available for a day, you can then use the line as much as you want.
Now let me introduce the memorable things you can do on the main stations of this incredible tramway.
Our first stop is Kishibojin Mae Station and Kishimojin Temple almost right in front of it. Legend has it that Kishimojin, the Buddhist deity enshrined at this wonderful, ancient temple, was once a rather gruesome demon woman known for kidnapping – and eating – human children. Only when she temporarily lost one of her own did she understand the pain of losing a child. She renounced her vile ways and instead became a guardian deity of children and childbirth.
Even though the story, this temple is in a quiet area and very peaceful.
The next stop is Koshinzuka Station and a teahouse called Ippukutei right in front. The atmospheric shop is a beautiful manifestation of traditional Japan in modern times, serving Japanese cuisine and traditional sweets.
Ippukutei is famous for their ohagi, a traditional dessert of a coarse, sweet rice coated in sweet red bean paste. In contrast to mochi, rice cakes, ohagi are firmer to the bite and the inverted versions are often coated with sesame, thus making for a mild dessert and substantial snack.
Not far away from Koshinzuka Station is Jizo-dori, the street of the “splinter-pulling monk.” It’s a shopping street often called the Harajuku of Tokyo’s seniors, as numerous shops sell clothes and miscellaneous goods at bargain prices and restaurants and food stalls will tickle your taste buds with local delights. While you are likely not going to go on a massive shopping spree here, it’s a wonderfully laid-back, local place that offers excellent snacks and souvenirs.
Another big highlight of Asukayama Park is the tiny monorail. It’s entirely free to ride and takes you up the hill. It’s a brief ride but charming nonetheless.On top of said hell awaits a beautiful view on the area, surrounded by lush nature. Throughout the park, you’ll find various statues and monuments.
There are many things to see along the way and they are unknown from the public so the trip in tokyo is very authentic.
Thank you for reading me and i really hope i will be able soon to write about my new adventure.