While the rickshaws running through Asakusa and Kyoto may be more famous, sightseeing rickshaws that carry people not cargo for sightseeing tours actually started in Takayama in 1970, and spread to the rest of Japan from here.
Gokurakusha still pulls sightseeing rickshaws through the streets of Takayama today.
Rickshaw pullers, who are themselves experts in sightseeing, answer their passenger's request to tell the history of Takayama and guide them through the streets of the city.
There are rickshaw stands at the two old town areas of Kamisannomachi and Nakabashimae, and tours are available starting from a length of 15 minutes.
Rickshaws will even come to pick up passengers from Takayama Station or the hotel or inn they are staying at, so they are highly recommended for enjoying an elegant journey.
Press the orange button below to enjoy a short movie showing the charm of sightseeing rickshaws.
Gokurakusha Basic Information
49,Kawahara-machi, Takayama, GifuSee Map
- 12-min walk from JR Takayama Station
- ・Usage fees
15 min: ¥4,000
30 min: ¥7,000
60 min: ¥14,000
15 min: ¥6,000
30 min: ¥10,000
60 min: ¥20,000
8:30 to 18:00 (Apr to Oct)
9:30 to 17:00 (Nov to Mar)