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.

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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.

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Inclusions for Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

  • Local rickshaw driver
  • Rickshaw ride
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Exclusions for Tokyo Asakusa Rickshaw Tour

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

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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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52 reviews by the users

  • 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!

  • This was fun. Easy enough to find with the map and directions the tour people email you. As there were three of us we had two rickshaws so plenty of room. We travelled around back streets and main roads together and we were impressed with the guys that pulled us along. Not only were they very fit, they were friendly, courteous and very alert to the road traffic around us. Plenty of stops for photos and at the end of the tour they dropped us off at the ferry for our river cruise. Highly recommended.

  • A good tour to take to get a feel of the Asakusa area. Our guide Leo, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

  • This was a relaxing and interesting way to see the fascinating traditional area around Asakusa. Because we had prebooked they had a welcome sign with our name on it and photographed us before we set out on an hour-long ride. Our driver Uskay Call me OK spoke good English and tailored the ride to suit us as we were not paricularly interested in temples. We did go past the Sensoi Temple, Geisha Town, Concert Hall, down Orange Street road painted orange, and past the Kaminarimon Gate.
    However, the price for prebooking for an hour seemed rather high compared with those on their brochures.and there are always rickshaws available.

  • Our guide was funny and entertaining and pointed our various sights and buildings. It was worth it!

  • This was a cute idea and whenever our rickshaw puller Cookie needed a break, he'd stop and tell us something. All in all we probably moved about half a kilometre, so not really a sightseeing tour. I don't think I would do this again, as quite frankly, it's a bit uncomfortable being pulled around by a human being, even if that human is being paid to do so.

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USD 40.53