The first jinrikisha appeared at the end of the nineteenth century.
A jinrikisha in action!
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Do you know about Japanese rickshaws? They are called jinrikisha, and are a descendant of the sedan chair.
First appearing in the Meiji period (1868-1912) as a means of transport replacing the kago (sedan chair), the jinrikisha was faster and cheaper than the horse.
They were widely used until the 1920s until they were replaced by trams, trains and private cars.
Today they are back in fashion, for the enjoyment of foreign travellers as well as the Japanese, who especially like to ride them dressed in traditional clothes. They are found in many popular tourist spots across Japan offering a short, leisurely journey with a different view of the area.
Pulled by a man, rarely a woman, it's a "hunk", an ikemen who transports you: muscular, tanned, charming, and always at your service to help you discover the hidden treasures of the area that he knows inside out.
It's like having a personal, professional guide. Some speak English, so don't hesitate to ask questions and seek advice or recommendations for restaurants, local specialties, or renowned craftsmen.
Where to find one?
You will find jinrikisha in traditional tourist cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Takayama, Kurashiki, Hakone...
For 2 people, a 15-20 minute ride (1km to 1.5 km) is usually around 3000円 or 4000円.