Toden Tram Tour of Tokyo Neighborhoods | Tour 1 - West Area

Toden Arakawa-sen(line) is a streetcar system that is served between the historic neighborhoods Waseda and Minowa, in the northern area of Central Tokyo. There are various attractions along the tramline, such as Japanese gardens, temples, old shopping streets, and Sakura viewing spots, allowing you to have a short tour and enjoy a nostalgic, friendly atmosphere there.

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1. Higo-Hosokawa Garden (Former Shin-Edogawa Garden)

* Partially under renovation (as of Sept 2015)
肥後細川庭園
A traditional Japanese garden with a focus on the spring pond, lies in a residential area where shogun's retainers used to live. Admission Free.
The name of this garden has changed as of March 18 2017.
Open
February to October: 9:00 - 5:00PM (4:30PM)
November to January: 9:00 - 4:30PM (4:00PM)
Closed on year-end and New Year holidays

Official Website: http://parks.prfj.or.jp/higo-hosokawa/


2.Sekiguchi Bashoan Garden

関口芭蕉庵
The historic place where Matsuo Basho, a renowned haiku poet master, had lived around 1677. This place remains the view of his house and the garden in that time.
Open: 10:00AM to 16:30PM
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, year-end and New Year holidays


3. The Garden of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

椿山荘庭園
The Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is luxury hotel that includes exclusive banquet halls, upscale restaurants, and a large classical Japanese garden that delights visitors with its seasonal beauty. The garden’s admission is free.
Official Website ; http://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/


4. Edogawa-koen Garden

江戸川公園
A river-side garden along Kandagawa river, known as a Sakura viewing spot with 230 of the trees. Admission free.


5. Anahachimangu Shrine

穴八幡宮
This historic shrine is known for the lucky charm bringing good fortune with money.

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6. Omokagebashi bridge over the Kanda river

面影橋
A great Sakura viewing spot on the side of the Kanda River, a number of cherry trees bloom in spring.


7. Tokyo Kimono Dye Museum (Tomita Somekogei Dyehouse)

東京染ものがたり博物館(富田染工芸)
Tomita Somekogei is a traditional dyehouse that has been in operation over 140 years in Tokyo. They offer Kimono dyeing lessons* as well as free tours that allow visitors to observe their actual dyeing works. Admission is free. *Reservation is required for Kimono dyeing lessons (paid).
Official webpage: http://www.sangyo-rodo.metro.tokyo.jp/shoko/dentokogei/japanese/taiken/detail02.html (Japanese website)


8. Kansenen Garden

甘泉園公園
Kansenen is a Japanese stroll garden with a central pond, used to be a site of Daimyo or feudal lords’ residence more than 300 years ago.
Official Website: http://www.city.shinjuku.lg.jp/seikatsu/file15_03_00011.html
Admission Free.
Open
March to October: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
November to February: 7:00AM - 5:00PM


9. Mizuinari-jinja Shrine

早稲田水稲荷神社
Mizuinari-jinja Shrine Kansenen Garden, known for the oldest Fujizuka, a mound made in the image of Mt. Fuji. The shrine is located next to Kansenen Garden. Admission Free.
Official Website: http://mizuinari.net/ (Japanese website)

3-min walk from Omokagebashi Station on the Toden Arakawa Line


10. Kishibojin Shrine

雑司ヶ谷鬼子母神堂
A shrine dedicated to Kishibojin, the goddess of child-rising and easy childbirth. This shrine is located in Zoshigaya area, favored by LOHAS people. The handcraft market “Tezukuri-ichi” is held monthly at the Kishibojin shrine and Ootori-jinja shrine nearby. To find the schedule, see their website.
Zoshigaya Tezukuri-ichi Handcraft Market (Japanese website) http://www.tezukuriichi.com/home.html
Kishibojin Shrine Official Website: http://www.kishimojin.jp/ (Japanese website)

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11. Zōshigaya Cemetery

雑司ヶ谷霊園


12. Zoshigaya Missionary Museum

雑司が谷 旧宣教師館
The former residence of John Moody McCaleb, an American missionary who lived there for 34 years before returning to his homeland in 1941. Built in 1907, this two-story wooden house is one of the oldest western-style houses that exist in Tokyo.
Admission is free. Open from 9:00AM to 16:30PM. Closed on Mondays, the third Sunday, the following day of National holidays, during Year-end and New Year holidays


13. Sunshine City

サンシャインシティ
The Sunshine City is a commercial complex that includes shopping malls, restaurants, a theatre, office convention halls and an aquarium. Anime events are often held at Sunshine City. The famous Anime store "Animate" is located in front of the Sunshine City.
Official Website: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/english/


14. Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street and Togenuki Jizo Buddha

巣鴨地蔵通り商店街・とげぬき地蔵
Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street is an old shopping street at the front approach of Koganji Temple, known for Togenuki-jizo statue, where many elderly people gather to pray for good health and the happiness in the rest of their lives. Since Sugamo town is getting popular, young people also began to visit there to enjoy the good old-fashioned atmosphere.
Official Website : http://www.sugamo.or.jp/ (Japanese website)


15. Oji Town

王子エリア
Oji is a greenery, historic town with various attractions, temples, gardens, and museums. Asukayama Koen Park near the JR Oji Station is a great place to enjoy Sakura viewing in spring.
Related Article: http://tokyo.digi-joho.com/attractions/oji-attractions.html



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Toden Arakawa-sen Stations
Part 1 : West Area

1.Waseda 早稲田
2.Omokagebashi 面影橋
3.Gakushuinshita 学習院下
4.Kishibojinmae 鬼子母神前
5.Toden zoshigaya 都電雑司ヶ谷
6.Higashi-ikebukuro Yonchome 東池袋四丁目
7.Mukohara 向原
8.Otsuka-ekimae 大塚駅前
9.Sugamoshinden 巣鴨新田
10.Koshinzuka 庚申塚
11.Shin-koshinzuka 新庚申塚
12.Nishigahara yonchome 西ヶ原四丁目
13.Takinogawa ichome 滝野川一丁目
14.Asukayama 飛鳥山
15.Oji-ekimae 王子駅前


Zoshigaya (Kishibojin Shrine)

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