One of Asakusa's specialties is also the most exciting way to tour the area - the rickshaw! What better way to take in all the nature and historical buildings in this corner of Tokyo, than a guided ride in a man-powered rickshaw?
Inspired by horse-drawn carriages, the rickshaw was a popular way to travel about town since its invention in the Meiji Era (1868 - 1912). Also known as “jinriki” (literally “man” and “power”), it is pulled by a “shariki” which means ”car” and “power”, or rickshaw man. Not only is this faster than walking, riders enjoy a terrific view!
Used in the past as merely a means of transportation, today, rickshaws are used for sightseeing in popular tourist areas such as Asakusa, with the laborer pulling your cart doubling as your tour guide! Not only do you save energy while touring, you also get a personal, guided tour from a local, who can point out all sorts of interesting things you might otherwise have missed.
For example, while visiting such well-known landmarks like Kaminarimon Gate and TOKYO SKYTREE, you’ll learn about a variety of shops and historical buildings in shopping districts like those on Tanuki Street and Demboin Dori Street.
Currently, there are more than a dozen towns across Japan where tourists can enjoy comfortable and classy hand-pulled tours, but Asakusa is the place you’ll feel the most magic as you ride along.
You’re sure to enjoy the view from these fancy two-wheeled carts as you are guided around the “shitamachi” or old town of Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s oldest districts. Come give it a try!