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Keisei Kanamachi Line

Posted in Places by tokyobling on August 25, 2015

Few tourists and even fewer Tokyo natives ever have a reason to ride the tiny Keisei Kanamachi line (京成金町線). It is not the shortest train line in Japan but very nearly, at only 2.5km in length it must surely be the shortest proper train ride in Tokyo. The line has three stations, the Keisei Takasago (京成高砂), Shibamata (柴又), and Keisei Kanamachi (京成金町). Except for the middle Shibamata station, which is the most interesting for tourists, the line is pretty well linked with other lines and stations at both end.

The first and so far only track of the line was laid down in 1899 when the station was served by single train cars carrying six passengers and pushed by hand by one or two operators who walked behind the train car. The line was not electrified until 1913 when it was purchased by the Keisei company and only got the automatic ticket gates in 2010. Today the lines sees 89 sorties per weekday, and 75 during weekends and holidays, usually at a 10 or 20 minute intervals. Originally the line was established to make it easier for worshippers to reach the famous temple in Shibamata, but these days the train is very popular with locals and commuters as well.

If you are a fan of train history or just want to spare your feet the 1 or 1.5km walk to the temple, you really will have to try out the Keisei Kanamachi Line! Incidentally I found the house prices around Shibamata to be very reasonable, so if you are looking into buying a proper house in Tokyo that is not priced astronomically high I can recommend having a look out, although it is just a couple of kilometers away from Chiba Prefecture!

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  1. Junko said, on August 25, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wah, I didn’t know there is still a single stack train in the middle of Tokyo. I hope you were taking the second photo behind a departing train!

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  2. Nyar Canada said, on August 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Wow! Can’t wait to see Japan!

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  3. christiellen said, on August 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I may just have to take this train the next time we’re in Japan.

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