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Meet your informative guide at Kaminarimon or the nearby Asakusa Station to board the traditional rickshaw, a two-passenger wagon pulled by your guide. Tokyo can be overwhelming, with a many great interesting sites spread throughout the city. A rickshaw ride with a local guide is the best way to see many essential spots quickly, and learn about them without having your face buried in a guidebook. Tour is customizable, so discuss possible routes with your guide. Here are four options for Tokyo rickshaw routes.
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Option#1: 30-Min or 45-Min Tour Begin your rickshaw whirlwind at Asakusa Station or Kaminarimon, the “Thunder Gate” — a dramatic archway that draws people with its beautiful, large Japanese lantern. From there, wheel over to Tanuki-doori, also known as Raccoon Street, an intriguing area with shops representative of Japan’s quirky humor. Venture off the beaten path to areas not many travelers see, like Rokku (6th Ward), home to adult theaters and historic landmarks. Next, see Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Japan’s oldest amusement park, which opened as a flower park in 1853 and now has rides, attractions and restaurants. Get a brief history lesson as you cruise down Denpoin Street, which has an Edo Period (1603–1868) feel, with old wooden fire extinguishers and art inspired by kabuki theater. Return to your departure point for the tour’s conclusion.
Option#2: Alternative 30-Min or 45-Min Tour As with the other options, your rickshaw adventure begins at Asakusa Station or the stunning Kaminarimon archway. Then it’s on to Bentendo Hall, part of Tokyo’s oldest temple, with a famous shrine to the female deity Benten. Take in the sights and sounds of bustling Tokyo en route to the Hanakawado neighborhood, famous for shoe shopping, with more than 70 shoe stores as well as ones selling other leather goods like bags. Enjoy the serenity of Sumida Park, bordering the Sumida River, where approximately a thousand sakuras (cherry trees) form a pink tunnel in the springtime. From there, your guide will pull you back to your departure point.
Option#3: 1-Hour Tour Meet your guide at Kaminarimon and board your chariot. Cruise through Tokyo’s bustling streets to Bentendo Hall, part of Tokyo’s oldest temple. See more of Tokyo’s metropolitan street scenes en route to the famous shoe shopping district Hanakawado, with more than 70 shoe stores and leather goods stores. Even if it’s not spring, when the thousand cherry trees are in bloom, Sumida Park is still stunning. You’ll see Tanuki-doori, a quirky region of Tokyo. Next, check out the Rokku Ward’s intriguing and historic, if slightly grungy, adult theaters. You’ll want to get your camera out for Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Japan’s oldest amusement park. Before concluding back at your departure point, you’ll see a bit of history along Denpoin Street.
Option#4: 2-Hour Tour Meet your guide and rickshaw at Kaminarimon to begin your 2-hour tour. Visit the Ushijima Shrine at the northern end of Sumida Park and learn about the shrine’s power to heal ailments through the power of a special statue. Next, see Matsuchiyama Shoden, also known as Honryu-in, a hill famous for a Hiroshige ukiyo-e painting that is part of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.” Enjoy the sights of this dazzling metropolis as your rickshaw cruises the bustling streets. At the Imado Shrine, you’ll see the birthplace of one of Japan’s most important good luck symbols, the cute, happy fortune cat. Cruise the backstreets of Asakusa Kannon that are famous for lots of small restaurants and traditional izakaya pubs. Your rickshaw tour ends back at your departure point.
Option#5: 3-Hour Tour Meet your guide and rickshaw at Kaminarimon to begin your 3-hour tour. Visit the Ushijima Shrine at the northern end of the Sumida Park and learn about the shrine’s power to heal ailments through the power of a special statue. Next, see Matsuchiyama Shoden, also known as Honryu-in, a hill famous for a Hiroshige ukiyo-e painting that is part of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". Enjoy the sights of this dazzling metropolis as your rickshaw cruises the bustling streets. At the Imado Shrine, you’ll see the birthplace of one of Japan’s most important good luck symbols, the cute, happy fortune cat. Cruise the backstreets of Asakusa Kannon, also known as the "geisha town" famous for lots of little restaurants and traditional izakaya pubs. Before heading to the Nishi Shitamachi district, visit one or two additional shrines to the West, such as the Yoshiwara Shrine with a tragic story behind it or the Otori Shrine, the “Eagle Shrine”, where people come and pray for good health and good fortune. After an in-depth tour of the Asakusa area in Tokyo, your rickshaw tour ends back at your departure point.
Local rickshaw driver
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Adult pricing applies to age 7 and over
Children 6 years and under may sit on an adult’s lap
A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw. Up to 2 children (6 years or under) can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on ad adult's lap)
While rickshaws are able to fit two adults, each rickshaw is 29.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, and it is sometimes more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger. For passengers of size, we recommend booking a rickshaw for each participant to ensure a comfortable ride. Passengers who do not both fit in one rickshaw but wish to participate in a tour at the same time will be required to purchase an additional rickshaw, which may not be available on the date of the tour with an English-speaking guide if not booked in advance. Those customers who do not purchase an additional rickshaw at the time of booking cannot be guaranteed availability.
Wheelchair- and stroller-friendly
Not recommended for pregnant women
This tour can be customized depending on your interests
Please specify your preferable departure time at checkout
Tour will run until 6pm between May and August
No rickshaw ride is allowed in Sensoji Temple/Asakusa Temple area including the temple buildings, temple grounds, and Nakamise shopping street
English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese-speaking driver/guide is available, subject to availability. Please specify your preferable language at checkout
Pickup is available from either Kaminarimon or Asakusa Station
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Between 9:30am and 5:30pm
*Time varies during events and seasons. Please see "Additional info" for further information **Please specify your preferable departure time at checkout