In olden times, the jinrikisha was people’s main form of urban transportation. Now the few that remain are mostly used for sightseeing purposes. As passengers are seated at a high position, they enjoy a good view as they ride along, and they can also enjoy a comfortable breeze. Another secret of their appeal is that while en route, the puller will serve as your guide. The general fare for a 30-minute ride is 5,000 yen for one passenger and 8,000 yen for two. They can often be found in quaint urban neighborhoods, and the pullers of some are also able to speak foreign languages. The accompanying photo, shot in Kyoto’s Higashiyama district, shows two jinrikisha, carrying tourists decked out in a geisha attire. Following just behind is a modern-day taxi. Which is older?
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