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The Toden Hotel is a unique spot that every railway fan should visit! Located near Minowa Station and close to Asakusa in Tokyo, it features a cafe where visitors can be swept away by the romance of Japan's railway culture. The comfortable guest rooms make it perfect for an overnight stay.
A Tokyo Cafe Catering to Railway Fans
Joyful Minowa is a retro shotengai (shopping street) located next to Minowabashi Station on the Toden Arakawa Line. It's situated near Asakusa, in Tokyo.
As you enter the shopping street, look to your right, and you'll find today's featured location—the Toden Hotel.
The Toden Hotel features a Japanese-style exterior. In addition to the guest rooms, there's also a cafe on the first floor and a cycling gym on the third. This hotel is packed with unique features!
At the building's entrance, there's a detailed railway model and an old railroad map. This display captures the attention of children, who often gather for a closer look.
The cafe is open from 11:00 until 21:00. Stop in anytime for lunch, teatime, or dinner.
A Cafe With a Railroad Motif
The cafe's interior and menu alike feature fun, creative touches. The first thing that catches your eye is the large screen in the back of the room. It displays beautiful landscapes, as seen from trains traveling throughout Europe.
The picturesque images on the screen will have you thinking, "Someday, I'd like to take a trip there, too!" There's also a streetcar model displayed above the bar.
If you're a railway enthusiast, you probably noticed another of the cafe's unique features. The seats inside are actually taken from a railway car!
The red seats in the photo are from the Odakyu Romance Car NSE3100 Series. The gray-colored seats to the right are from the Toden Arakawa Line 7000 Series.
The cafe was able to use these seats since these trains were taken out of service. For railway fans, it feels like being upgraded to a first class seat while they sit and enjoy a coffee!
The cafe walls are decorated with nameplates from trains no longer in service. The signs also indicate station names and destinations. These vintage signs create a nostalgic and exciting atmosphere.
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