Kumamoto is one of a handful of cities that did not abandon its street cars in the 1970s and 1980s.
Several lines run through the city, which is in Kyushu in southern Japan.
They range from the old model trains, which have been running for decades, to new sleek street cars.
The older models have heavy metal fittings, thick handles, and make a pleasant clackety-clack sound as they roll past.
The newer models are low to the ground, beautifully designed, and smooth as glass.
In certain areas - in front of Kumamoto Station and in downtown - green grass has been planted between and around the rails.
A ride costs 150 yen, no matter how far you ride.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011