Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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Overview

Climb aboard a traditional Japanese rickshaw for an unforgettable view of the Asakusa district in Tokyo. Your knowledgeable guide will steer you to some of Tokyo’s many iconic sites, districts, temples and shrines while illuminating the history behind them all. Enjoy scenic views of maple and cherry trees, gardens, soaring skyscrapers, and traditional businesses. If you’re looking for a carefree, customizable way to see Tokyo, this is it.

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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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.

Click on “View Additional Info” for the rickshaw meeting location.

Inclusions for Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

  • Local rickshaw driver
  • Rickshaw ride

Exclusions for Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Itinerary:

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. Admire the Shinto Asakusa Temple, also known as the Shrine of the Three Gods, which is part of a larger grouping of sacred buildings in the Asakusa district. 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. Admire the beautiful architecture of Asakusa Temple, the Shrine of the Three Gods, and then 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.

Additional Info

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 21.1 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

English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese-speaking driver/guide is available, subject to availability. Please specify your preferable language at checkout

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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58 reviews by the users

  • We had a great time touring Asakusa! We did the 2-hour tour so we could get all the sight-seeing in and not feel rushed. We are a family of four so we had two rickshaws. Our guides Taka and Minami were fabulous! They were both knowledgable and eager to share insights at each landmark. This was our first rickshaw tour and we will certainly do it again. Thank you, Taka and Minami, for a great time and adding great photos to our memory book!

    The Walker Family

  • Kazuki was great! Very knowledgeable and entertaining.

  • Our rickshaw driver was great with a wonderful sense of humor. He was bright and working his way through school. We got a great overview of the area. This tour was taken on our first day in Tokyo knowing we would be too tired to do much else and was the perfect thing to do and then decide what we wanted to and where to spend more time.

  • This tour was so much FUN! Ebisuya Company did a fantastic job of communicating before the tour and accommodating our preferred time and giving us directions on how to get to the meeting place. When we arrived for the tour, they had a big sign with our name and took numerous photos of us in the rickshaw. The manager was very friendly, and our rickshaw driver, Kohei, was the BEST! He spoke English very well and gave us a running commentary on what we were seeing as he ran us around the Asakusa area. We made some stops at the temple too, and he explained the tradition to us. We had the 2 hour tour, and time flew by because we were having so much fun. He has a great laugh and personality, and we felt like friends from the start. All the drivers we encountered were very friendly and made us feel comfortable. I would highly recommend doing this tour!

  • So happy we scheduled this rickshaw tour. I booked the two hour tour so that it was more leisure and not so rushed. As one might expect to have a male Rickshaw driver, we had the most adorable little young lady, Minami. She was truly, the BEST. First of all, she was so strong like Wonder-woman! She assured us... she has trained for this job and she has it down! Oh my.... she sure did! Minami made it the most interesting tour as she took us through different neighborhoods and shared lots of history and answered questions. Her English was excellent so she was so easy to understand. I will ask for her next time...

  • Daisuke is very informative, welcoming and an awesome photographer! Very highly recommended!

  • What a fantastic introduction to Tokyo! Our rickshaw driver, Minami, was a slip of a girl who ran us all over the Asakusa neighborhood of Japan. This is a very colorful and interesting part of town with lots to see. We were surprised to see our welcome sign when we arrived and even though the weather was hot and rained off and on, it was a good trip. Our driver was very informative and kept up a running commentary on all that we passed. She was more than willing to stop for photos and her English was perfect! She took us to shrines and temples and taught us the difference between them and how people pray in each. We really enjoyed our ride and would recommend it to people wanting to experience the flavor of old Japan!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • This tour surpassed our expectations thanks to our guide, Taka. His English was perfect. He described all we saw and answewd all our questions. In addition to Takayuki, I want to praise Ebisuya, the tour company. I contacted them befor the tour regarding how to get there. They provided subway details that were easy and accurate. When we arrived, the was a banner with our names welcoming us. Take ane Ebisuya couldn't have done more to make our tour more enjoyable.

  • Nice tour of parts of Tokyo in a very unique way. My guide was very good at helping me take pictures and was very knowledgeable of the area!

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USD 40.95