Shikoku Dogo Rikisha

Kita Tomomi

Mar 5, 2018

Shikoku Dogo Rikisha

Did you know the name rickshaw originally came from the Japanese words “人力車” (jinrikisha),meaning “man-powered car”?

Invented in Japan in 1868, the jinrikisha was the main mode of transportation until the beginning of the Showa period in 1935. Its simplicity and affordability enabled the design to spread all over Asia. Today the design of jinrikisha, now more commonly known as rickshaws, has changed very little. And in modern day Japan, many old towns still offer the jinrikisha experience for tourists, with the one in Matsuyama provided by Shikoku Dogo Rikisha.

Like the gondoliers of Venice, the Shikoku Dogo Rikisha “車夫” or shafu are jolly men who provide much more than transportation services – expect a guided tour of popular tourist attractions punctuated with anecdotes or jokes.

From a 10-minute “Madonna Course” to a full guided “Pilgrimage” that takes an hour through the famous landmarks of Matsuyama, you can be sure of an experience you’d not soon forget. Just note that the service halts in inclement weather. There’s no need to book in advance. Just approach a friendly shafu and off you go!

ADDRESS: 〒790-0842 愛媛県松山市道後湯之町5-6

OPENING HOURS: 9am to 10pm daily

PRICING: From ¥1,500 per person for a 10-minute “Madonna Course; ¥3,000 per person for a 20-minute guided “Attraction Course” and ¥6,000 per person for a 1-hour “Pilgrimage Course”


日本の伝統、文化とも言える人力車に乗ったことはありますか?人力車とは、人の力で牽引する車のことで、起源は1868年頃、明治初期の日本と言われています。歩いて観光名所を散策するのもいいけれど、たまには人力車に乗って俥夫のガイドを受けながら観光するのも素敵な思い出になりますよ。コースと時間によってまちまちですが、10分1500円から体験できるマドンナコースは、道後温泉前を出発し、道後温泉駅、カラクリ時計、道後商店街を巡ります。1時間6000円の弘法ちゃんコース(参拝コース)では、マドンナコースにプラス観光名所である石手寺などを観光することができるので、歩くのが疲れたり、効率よく観光したい方にはおすすめです。雨天時はお休みなので晴れの日に楽しみましょう。

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