Takara TOMY, a three-generational company in Japan, is well known for its toys and collectables. 2019 is the 60th anniversary of Takara TOMY’s, railway toy brand Plarail. Plarail specializes in Japan’s long-selling plastic toy railways and moving toy trains. In this article, we will introduce you to various Plarail toys that modeled after trains operating in and around Tokyo.   

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Plarail Video Pictorial Book (Special Limited Edition 1)

Plarail Video Pictorial Book (Commuter edition)

S-15 Narita Express

Many, if not all people, are traveling to Japan are familiar with this train. The Narita Express, connects Yokohama, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro areas with Narita Airport.

Also known as N’EX, this train is popular with tourists for its ease and direct travel to and from the airport. The lead vehicle for both the real train and the toy train features a stylish angular design. It also features a red stripe running the length of the car.
(All information current as of February 2015)

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Japan Railways East Japan Commercialization License

S-19 Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line・Fukutoshin Line 10000 Series

The 1000 series train was designed with the main concepts of comfort, ease of use, and improved recyclability. This commercial train series was introduced to the Tokyo underground train system in 2007. The lead car design is described as a novel.
(All information current as of October 2015)

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-19 Seibu Railway 001 Series “Laview”

Operated by the Seibu Railyway, the Laview train is known for the front of the train, which features a large curved glass window at the front of the train. It was the first of its kind in Japan. On the toy, the window has a radius of 1500mm. The design is rounded and smooth, giving a gentle impression that goes all the way down the vehicle.

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,200yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-20 THE ROYAL EXPRES

The Royal Express is a sightseeing train that is operated by Tokyu Corporation and Izukyu. This train runs between Yokohama Station and Izukyu Shimoda Station in Shizuoka. The train is known for its glossy metallic blue color and is often called “gorgeous.”

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Tokyo Express Railway Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-32 Yamanote Line Train Cars - Opening and Closing doors

This E231 series has been redesigned to fully utilize the latest toy technology. It is so real that the lead car of the car says the “Tokyo-Ueno Yamanote Line.” The doors of the following cars can be opened and closed to add more realistic play. 
(All information current as of September 2014)

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,200yen (not including tax)
  • Credit: Japan Railways East Commercialization License

S-36 Tobu Liberty (dedicated consolidated specification)

“Liberty” is the nickname given to the series 500 trains that run along the Tobu Railway. The Tobu Liberty is convenient for both sightseeing and commuting. The trains shape is uniquely shaped. The overall color of the train is a champagne beige while the windows have a forest green frame, complementing the lush nature along the road of the train tracks.

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • This train is linkable with other trains and cars in this series.
  • Suggested retail price: 2,200yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-39 EF510 Red Thunder

An electric locomotive train manufactured by Japan Railways Freight. The second car is a realistic reproduction of an oil tanker that would be carried by the locomotive in real life. The third car set includes a locomotive, an oil tanker, and an additional freight car.

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Japan Railways Freight Approved

S-37 Odakyu Romance Car 50000 Series

The Odakyu Electric Romance car connects Shinjuku and Hakone. This train first debuted in the spring of 2005. This train features a white body, a colorful stripe running down the length of the cars, and high windows.
(All information current as of December 2016) 

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-40 Fuji Express 8500 Series Mt. Fuji view Express

A tourist train well known for its bright amber colored body. The trip from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko station takes about 45 minutes. The train also has a Mt. Fuji motif as a logo.
(All information current as of March 2017) 

Product Information

  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,000yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Fujikyu Co., Ltd. has been licensed for commercialization

S-47 Sound Eno Den 500 Series

The Eno Den is an energy saving and environmentally friendly vehicle. The base color of the train is a deep green with a complimenting cream. The lead car destination display reads Fujisawa.

Product Information

  • While the toy is in action, there are sound effects
  • Speed:User can choose between one of two speeds by flipping a switch
  • Suggested retail price: 2,400yen (not including tax))
  • Credit: Enoshima Electric Co., Ltd. approved

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※All information retrieved April 2019.
※Items may be sold out
※Purchase the items above at plastic rail shops or from toy departments such as those in department stores.

Plarail Shop Tokyo Station

1-9-1, Marunouchi,  First Avenue Tokyo Station, Tokyo Character Street, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Store Hours 10:00~20:30/Open 365 days a year

Plarail Shop Tokyo Skytree Solamachi

1-1-2 Oshiage, Solamachi 3rd fl, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045
Store Hours 10:00~21:00/Closed on fixed holidays

Plarail Shop Osaka

3-1-1 Umeda, Daimaru Umeda 13th floor, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-8202 
Store Hours 10:00~20:00/Closed New Years Day

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