|Toden Arakawa Line|
A Toei 8800 series tram at Arakawa-shakomae in September 2014
|Other name(s)||Tokyo Sakura Tram|
|Type||Light rail and streetcar|
|Owner||Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei)|
|Line length||12.2 km (7.6 mi)|
|Track gauge||Scotch Gauge|
|Electrification||600 V DC overhead catenary|
The Toden Arakawa Line (, branded as the Tokyo Sakura Tram Toden Arakawa-sen) (, T?ky? Sakura Toramu) is a hybrid light rail/tram line in Tokyo, Japan, operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei). 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 Tokyu Setagaya Line is also classified as a streetcar (? romen densha).
All stations are located in Tokyo.
|Minowabashi||?||-||0.0||Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Minowa: H-19)||Arakawa|
|Kumanomae||0.6||3.1||Nippori-Toneri Liner (NT04)|
|Shin-koshinzuka||?||0.4||7.7||Toei Mita Line (Nishi-sugamo: I-16)||Toshima|
|Otsuka-ekimae||?||0.5||8.9||Yamanote Line (?tsuka: JY12)|
|Higashi-ikebukuro-yonchome||0.6||10.0||Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (Higashi-ikebukuro: Y-10)|
|Kishibojimmae||0.5||10.7||Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (Zoshigaya: F-10)|
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The line was originally constructed by the Oji Electric Tram Company ( as a part of their extensive network, with the oldest section still operating today opened in 1913. The line was at threat of being shut down along with the rest of Tokyo's streetcar system in the 1960s, but concerted opposition from residents prevented this and parts of lines 27 (Minowabashi-Akabane) and 32 (Arakawa-Waseda) were merged to form the line as it is today. The line was sold to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation in 1974, which renamed it the Toden Arakawa Line. ?ji-denki-kid?)
The Toden Arakawa Line operates between the terminals at Minowabashi Station and Waseda Station. It runs along Meiji Street between Asuka-yama Station and Oji Eki-mae Station. Otherwise, it operates on its own tracks. Presently, single driver-operated cars make the 12.2 km trip in 50 minutes. The gauge is . The line is fully double-track, and draws 600 V electrical supply.
Two Toden Arakawa trams (one in revenue service, the other undergoing brake testing) collided on June 13, 2006 near the Minowabashi terminus, injuring 27 people.
The Toden Arakawa Line operates in northern and eastern Tokyo outside the main tourist areas. The terminus at Minowabashi is near the historical site of Edo's red-light district Yoshiwara which features a completely covered shopping street, several blocks long, in the once common "Ameyoko" style (a sh?tengai).
In Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood, protagonist Toru Watanabe takes the line to near ?tsuka Station: "I sat in the last seat and watched the ancient houses passing close to the window. The tram almost touched the overhanging eaves.... The tram snaked its way through this private back-alley world." 
L.W. Demery, R. Forty, R. DeGroote and J.W. Higgins, Electric Railways of Japan (Interurbans- Tramways-Metros) Vol.1: Tokyo and Northern Japan. Light Rail Transit Association, 1983.