Rickshaw Ride

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Rickshaw (Jinrikisha) is two-wheeled cart that is pulled by a single person and carries one to two passengers at a time. The Japanese word for rickshaw, Jinrikisha, can be translated into the following: Jin meaning human, riki meaning power or strength, sha meaning vehicle. Invented in Japan during the mid to late 1800's when the ban on wheeled vehicles was lifted, the rickshaw became the main mode of transportation in Japan, due to being inexpensive, until motored vehicles and trains began to emerge. The vehicle served as an opportunity for work for men at the time. Nowadays, they can be found as tourist attractions in cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Matsuyama.

You can hitch a ride on one of these rickshaws by joining either one of our Cherry Blossom tours or Southern Japan tours. Enjoy the old fashioned method of transportation back in the days.

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