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Toden Arakawa Line is Special

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The cutest public transportation in Tokyo

At the Northern area of Tokyo, there is this streetcar line that passes through secondary streets and stopping in neighborhoods where the atmosphere is different from our usual mental model of futuristic Tokyo.

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Are we really in Tokyo?

Running through Tokyo side streets makes this line somewhat hidden (hence it is special) unlike the very visible tram in Hong Kong where its tramway traverses the Hong Kong Island from east to west (or west to east) as it cuts through the busy districts and major roads and looking very tall (double-decker trams).

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Tokyo tramway (Toden Arakawa Line) is relatively short in distance having less than an hour of travel time from one end to the other end, taking into account the traffic.

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Lady crossing the street as the streetcar leaves

Yes it is indeed special for there is traffic factor here, seeing that streetcars follow the rules of the road (unlike trains), hence the term “streetcar”, I suppose.

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Road barrier in place as the streetcar crosses

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At dusk

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Minowa station is the last station on one end of the line

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Seems like majority of the streetcar passengers are elderly

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Inside the streetcar

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Streetcar stopping at a station

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Streetcar as seen from a side street in Minowa

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Becak

Becak drivers are truly fit.
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Tourist Tuk Tuk

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To go around Siem Reap other than renting a bicycle is to ride a local taxi known as tuk tuk. It’s a motorcycle transport with carriage trailer (whereas in the Philippines our motorcycle taxi aka tricycle has sidecar for passenger seats).

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Residents in bicycles

Tuk tuk doesn’t feel like a local public transportation as residents mainly use bicycles (bike lanes exist) for mobility. As for my notion of a local transportation, I find it expensive at $3 for 2 pax ($5 for 5 pax) for less than 2.5 km one way trip. It’s really a tourist transportation system, with a tourist fare understandably because locals don’t use them in their day to day commute.

 

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Same trailer concept but for cargo purposes

Kalesa

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Horse drawn taxi

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Fueling time

Paper Bus Tickets

These are paper bus tickets used by city buses in Metro Manila and are issued manually by bus conductors by handing out the tickets to each passenger inside the bus in their seat or standing position. Imagine a bus conductor negotiating his way inside a full-packed standing bus just to hand the tickets.

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Tickets glued in a cardboard as I’m keeping it.

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