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A Rickshaw Ride in Asakusa: Enjoy an Experience of Traditional Japan

Enjoy Asakusa with a rickshaw ride! The drivers are very knowledgeable about the area and will offer information on all the important points. We introduce the services and fees of Jidaiya, a local rickshaw service company that has English-speaking staff.
2021.08.11

Explore Asakusa by Rickshaw

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

Tourists arriving at Asakusa are greeted by the sight of rickshaws dashing through the streets.

A rickshaw is a man-powered car, made for two people. Sightseeing on a rickshaw is a staple attraction in Asakusa, as you can see them everywhere. This article will introduce how to enjoy a rickshaw-ride in Asakusa.

We interviewed Jidaiya, a rickshaw service company located near the Kaminarimon Gate.

While there are many companies offering rickshaw services, Jidaiya welcomes visitors from abroad. They also offer opportunities to experience Japanese culture, such as tea ceremonies and kimono rentals.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws
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The reception for the rickshaw service is located at Jidaiya's office, which is called Meijikan. It is a straight walk from Kaminarimon, along Namiki Dori. There is a mannequin wearing a Meiji period costume standing at the entrance, so it shouldn't be hard to find.

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Mr. Miyakubo, who is very agile and moves briskly, will be our rickshaw driver. In Japanese, the rickshaw driver is called a shafu.

Jidaiya offers the following rickshaw services, according to the riding time and purpose. The payment can be made either before or after the ride.

Thirty Minute Course

For those who don't have much time, or want to try the rickshaw for the first time.

  • 1 Person 7000 yen
  • 2 Persons 9000 yen
  • 3 Persons 13,500 yen

Sixty Minute Course (Recommended)

This is the standard course, which allows you to enjoy the main sightseeing spots in Asakusa.

  • 1 Person 13,000 yen
  • 2 Persons 17,500 yen
  • 3 Persons 26,250 yen

One Hour and a Half Course

For those who want the full commentary, or want to enjoy all of Asakusa.

  • 1 Person 19,000 yen
  • 2 Persons 25,000 yen
  • 2 Persons 37,500 yen

Princess and Prince Course (Three Hours)

This tour is recommended for couples who want to thoroughly enjoy the rickshaw-ride. There are Japanese customers who use this service as a part of their wedding ceremony.

  • 1 Person 32,500 yen
  • 2 Persons 47,500 yen
  • 3 Persons 71,250 yen

Choose a Course and Go!

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

The driver will explain how to get on a rickshaw, and how to fasten the seat belt.

Jidaiya will look after your luggage for you during the ride, so there's no need to worry about bringing large items with you.

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Let's take a look at the 30-minute course.

Jidaiya is located along Namiki Dori, which leads straight to Kaminarimon.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

From Kaminarimon, where many tourists gather, the rickshaw will take a wide right turn.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

The golden Asahi Beer Tower can be seen across the Sumida River. Your driver will be commenting on the famous sightseeing spots along the way.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

This is the water bus stop, where many passengers gather to ride the ferry from early morning. The rickshaw keeps moving at a brisk pace, faster than the pedestrians. Visitors from abroad are often surprised at this lively pace.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

This street runs along the Sumida River. In the summer, sunlight filters down through the trees, and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in spring. Asakusa's various attractions change according to the seasons, and you can actually feel the season around you while on a rickshaw-ride.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

The drivers know everything about Asakusa, such as good photo spots where you can capture a great view of the Tokyo Skytree and other important points.

If you come across a spot where you want to take photographs, don't hesitate to ask.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

This is Denpoin Dori with many souvenir shops. The rickshaw then heads for the back alleys of Asakusa from here.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws
A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

Check out the shops along the way, as it might be fun to make plans for later, like "going to that tempura restaurant," or "look for souvenirs at that shop".

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

If you're interested in shrines and temples, or about Japanese history, tell the driver in advance. The course, along with the commentary, can be arranged to satisfy your interests.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws
A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

Some drivers can speak English or Chinese, too, so if you prefer commentary in some specific language, call in advance, or ask about the drivers at the reception.

A Throwback To Old Japan: Take A Ride On Asakusa's Rickshaws

The rickshaw then returns to Meijikan after the ride. Thirty minutes will have passed by in an instant.

Other Services Provided by Jidaiya

Besides the rickshaw service, Jidaiya also offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture.

There are various courses such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, and kimono rentals to choose from. If the rickshaw piqued your interest in Japanese culture, why not try the other options offered at Jidaiya too?

Information

Jidaiya Meijikan
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Kaminarimon 2-3-5
Open Hours: 10:00-17:30
Closed: Tuesdays *Rickshaw sightseeing service is available 24/7.
Nearest Station: Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line)
Access: 1-minute walk from A4 Exit of Asakusa Station (Toei Line), or 3-minute walk from Exit 2 of Asakusa Station (Ginza Line)
Price: from 7000 yen~
Phone: 03-3843-0890
Website: Jidaiya

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.