By Yuki Miyashita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterYOKOHAMA — The first thing you encounter at the Yokohama Tram Museum is seven Yokohama municipal tram cars, each with a conspicuous ad on its front. Such ads were common when the municipal tram network was in service, and the ones in the museum include ads for the weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun and Shin Sankyo drugs.
The tram cars have chic wood-finished interiors and are slightly larger than buses. In some cars, you can push a switch with your foot, producing a sort of "ring ring" sound. Two such bells were the signal for departure, while a single bell indicated the train would stop.