Tourists Can Still Ride These Vintage Trams While Exploring Japan!

Tourists Can Still Ride These Charming Vintage Trams While Exploring Japan!

Japan's not all about advancements, you know!

Commuting in Japan is really easy thanks to the country’s technological innovations. My personal favourite about its subways is when the seats automatically heat up whenever it’s winter. Yup, the seat warmers basically keep your bum safe from frostbite. But did you know that Japan still keeps its vintage trams, aka streetcars, alive? You can even ride them while touring Japan’s top cities, from Tokyo to Sapporo!

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1. Enoden Line, Kanagawa

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Also known as the Enoshima Electric Railway or Enoshima Dentetsu Line, this vintage tram is found in Kanagawa, south of Tokyo. It features 15 stops that include tourist attractions such as Enoshima Island and the Kotokuin Temple, which has a giant bronze Buddha that looks like it’s deep in meditation. There’s even a route that will take you along Sagami Bay, giving you a refreshing view of the ocean!

2. Hankai Tramway, Osaka

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Image credit: Ogiyoshisan

These colourful vintage trams in Japan are operated by Osaka’s Hankai Tramway. The two lines you need to be aware of are the Hankai Uemachi Line and Hankai Uemachi Line. Both of which can take you to Osaka landmarks such as Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Myokokuji Temple, and Hamadera Park. Fun fact: The Hankai Tramway began in the 1900s and it still has a lot of vintage streetcars painted in various colours that are still in use.

3. Hiroshima Electric Railway, Hiroshima

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Image credit: djedj

Hiroshima actually has the largest tram network in Japan, which makes the city’s tram culture a tourist attraction in itself. Along with 26 types of streetcars running, Hiroshima has a couple of vintage trams that were made in both Japan and Europe. Some old-school streetcars actually date back to the 1940s, so enjoy the old Japanese transport ambience while visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Hiroshima Bay. 

4. Hakodate City Tram, Hokkaido

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Did you know that Hakodate, Hokkaido actually has a bit of European-influenced architecture? Their tram system was originally a horse-drawn tramway in 1897 too. Today, there are two tram lines left and they both converge at Mt. Hakodate. Riding their European-style vintage trams will definitely add a lot of nostalgia to your Japan adventures. The tram can take you to see attractions like Mt. Hakodate Ropeway, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, Goryokaku Fortress, and the Yunokawa Onsen. It doesn’t get more dreamy than combining Japan and Europe’s old-world charm!

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Image credit: 221.20

5. Okayama Electric Tramway, Okayama

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Okayama’s tram lines are said to be the easiest way to get around the prefecture as they connect Okayama Station to a lot of tourist attractions. If you get off at Shiroshita, then Okayama Castle and Korakuen will just be walking distance. And you wouldn’t want to miss that, as Korakuen is one of Japan’s best gardens. Each short tram ride also just costs ¥100, which makes this transport system extremely affordable. 

6. Sapporo Shiden, Hokkaido

The vintage trams in Sapporo can take you from the Nishi-Yonchome Station towards Susukino Station. The former is quite close to Odori Park where the Sapporo Snow Festival always takes place. Meanwhile, the latter is a staple destination for food enthusiasts since the station has nearby restaurants that serve Sapporo’s speciality — miso ramen! These vintage trams in Japan can also take you to Nakajima Park and the Mt. Moiwa Ropeway. 

7. Randen Tram, Kyoto

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This adorable pink vintage tram is actually part of Kyoto’s last tram line, which has been operating for over 100 years. Hop on the old-school vehicle and maximise one of the best ways to witness Kyoto at street level. There are stops at the UNESCO World Heritages Sites of Ninnaji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and Ryoanji Temple. If you want to see the iconic bamboo forest of Arashiyama, ride to the end of the line. 

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Who says Japan’s transportation system is all about innovation? Sometimes, this prosperous country likes to kick it old-school too; these vintage trams in Japan are living proof of that. Do you have any more cool shots of Japan’s old but gold streetcars? Feel free to comment and show it to us on our Facebook page!

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