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Traditional Rickshaw Tours of Tokyo

The term rickshaw is a western word  derived from the Japanese word jinrikisha which can be literally translated as “human-drawn carriage” in English.  The much romanticized jinrikisha is a simple cart with large, spoked wheels on either side and an axle that rests upon the ground until a runner picks it up to navigate the occupants to their chosen destination.  The jinrikisha is was invented in Japan around 1868 and was one of the main modes of transportation around the city with over 40,000 in operation by 1872.

Today, you can tour the Asakusa and Nihonbashi areas of Tokyo on a jinrikisha reminiscent of those used in the latter half of the 18th and the early portion of the 19th century, before cars took over the streets of Tokyo.

Kurumaya Nihombashi offers four different jinrikisha tours of the Nihonbashi area starting at Y7,200 for 30 minutes and, for a limited time, you will receive a 10% discount by booking a tour through their website. The Nihonbashi area is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tokyo and is home to many historic temples, shines and traditional business.

If you are in the Asakusa area, Jidaya offers a variety of different jinrikisha tours starting at Y2,100.  Book a tour by calling 03-3843-0890 or just head out to Asakusa where you can’t miss the runners and their vehicles lined up  along Kaminamiron-dori, near the Kaminamiron gate, entrance to Nakamise shopping street and the famous Senso-ji temple.

Take a break from walking and explore these two great areas on a jinrikisha – what a great way to see the city!

Image Credit:  Wikimedia, Jinriksha & Flickr, IMG_6131