Hiroshima's Old-Style Streetcars

Classic trams to enjoy in the city center

By JJ Walsh    - 1 min read

The whirr and clunkity-clunk of these old trams as they cruise along the busy streets in Hiroshima city are a familiar sound of this traditional sight. As many of these retro vehicles are being upgraded to more modern, sleeker versions, these post-war models will become more cultural heritage than a part of an everyday commute. Priced at only 150 yen per ride (cheaper for kids) no matter how far you travel, street cars are a better choice than a bus to cut through the busy traffic of the city for a cheaper price. These electric rails run from the Hiroshima JR station through the city center and continue all the way to the Ujina ferry port. These pictures were taken along the Hakushima line which heads into the center of town (Hatchobori) from the suburb of Hakushima (not far from Hiroshima station)

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JJ Walsh

JJ Walsh @joy.walsh

I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fantastic and wacky things about this strange and wonderful land. I hope you enjoy your adventures around Japan- feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about traveling with kids, vegetarian dining or anything specific to Hiroshima.