Jinrikisha – Rickshaw in Japan

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For those who do not know rickshaws it is a means of human-powered transport in which a person pulls a two-wheeled cart where one or two more people are accommodated. This means of transport is quite popular in Asia and other countries, including that name rickshaw originated from the Japanese jinrikisha.

The word jinrikisha (人力車) literally means human-powered vehicle ( jin = human, riki= traction, sha= vehicle). It is very common to find these vehicles in different parts of Japan in tourist spots like Kyoto, Nara and even Tokyo.

Jinrikisha’s History

The Jinrikisha appeared in Japan around 1868, at the beginning of the Meiji Restoration. They became a popular means of transportation, as they were faster than the litter used previously (there were no wheels) and human labor was considerably cheaper than using horses. In 1872, about 40,000 rickshaws were being used in Tokyo.

Jinrikisha - rickshaw in japan

The origin of the jinrikisha is uncertain, it is possible to find a painting with these vehicles from the year 1707, others claim that it was created by an American evangelical pastor in 1888. Some sources cite the American blacksmith Albert Tolman, others claim that it was Jonathan Scobie.

Experience with Jinrikisha

The rickshaw is pulled by a man who is called shafu in Japanese. It is possible to find a jinrikisha in any season, including in winter where they offer a blanket.

The advantage of visiting a tourist spot with jinrikisha is that the shafu know all the sights of the place, even the most unknown ones. They also serve as a guide and guide and take away your curiosities. In addition, you can enjoy the view and scenery in a calm way, besides having the experience of being treated like royalty in your carriage.

Jinrikisha - rickshaw in japan

The price for riding a rickshaw in Japan will vary from the time and the route you choose. It can take from 10 minutes to more than an hour. Prices can range from 3,000 yen to 30,000 yen 3 (hours).

Riding in a rickshaw is a unique experience that you should not miss. With jinrikisha you have a comfortable ride, a guide. besides being able to take nice pictures.

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