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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kumamoto Tram System


The Kumamoto tram (streetcar) system - in Japanese Kumamoto shiden - has two main routes running on five lines. The tram system in Kumamoto has been in operation since 1924 and is one of the oldest continuously running streetcar networks in Japan. The flat rate to ride on a Kumamoto tram is 150 yen.

Kumamoto Tram

Route A (A系統) operates from Tasakibashi to Kumamoto-Ekimae, Karashimacho, Suidocho, Suizenji-Koen terminating at Kengunmachi.

Route B (B系統) runs from Kami-Kumamoto-Ekimae to Karashimacho, Suidocho to Suizenji-Koen terminating at Kengunmachi.

Kumamoto trams are not barrier-free.

Kumamoto Tram, Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan

Kumamoto Travel Passes

If you plan on going further afield in Kumamoto there is a new city-wide public transport pass at 500 yen for one day or 800 yen for 2 days.

The two travel days do not have to be consecutive. This pass covers all the trams as well as all the city buses including the Shiromegurin and also JR trains within the prescribed area.

The Kumamoto Port Shuttle Bus in not included in the pass, though if you take a regular bus to the port the pass covers part of the fare.

The Kumamoto Loop Bus is also a convenient way to visit the main sites in Kumamoto including Kumamoto Castle, the Children's Culture Center, Prefectural Art Museum, Municipal Museum, Hosokawa Residence, the Traditional Crafts Center, and the Art Museum Chibajo Annex. Downtown the Kumamoto Loop Bus stops near the Contemporary Art Museum and Lafcadio Hearn House.

Kumamoto Tram, with Kumamoto Castle, Kyushu, Japan

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