Rickshaw in Japan

Rickshaw in Japan Japan

Here are some interviews we conducted about the rickshaw business.

Rickshaw Work Conditions

First of all, let’s talk about whether rickshaw work is hard. As it turns out, pulling a rickshaw itself is not hard because it is not heavy!
The principle of the lever helps, and the force itself does not require much. Many women do it too!
However, many people find sales hard. If you don’t succeed in sales, you can’t even get customers on board in the first place.

Are there many people doing it part-time?

My sense is that 70 or 80% are part-time workers.
In particular, there are a lot of college students working part-time. After completing the training for new employees, they actually get to pick up customers! However, it is difficult to do it in a short period of time. After all, it takes some time to get used to the idea of selling and giving rides to customers, and above all, it is difficult to find a company that is looking for a short-term position.
If you like to make people smile and talk to them, this is a very enjoyable job.


First of all, there are those who are paid hourly and those who are paid on commission. This varies from company to company and from place to place, but sometimes you can choose which one you want.
If you pay by the hour, it is often around 1,200 yen, but most people do it on a commission basis.
This is because commission is more rewarding and honestly, you can make more money.
The percentage of commission varies from company to company, but it is often 50% of sales.
Some people sell 100,000 yen a day and take home 50,000 yen, so there is no doubt that rickshaw work is a profitable job.

Differences between Asakusa, Kyoto

There are also rickshaws in Kawagoe, Kamakura, and Otaru. However, we will focus on Asakusa and Kyoto.
Prices are not much different. The famous Ebisuya rickshaws in both Kyoto and Asakusa charge 9,000 yen for 30 minutes for two people and 17,500 yen for one hour.
The only difference is the business style. Asakusa is saturated with rickshaw companies, and there is a lot of competition for customers.
Each course has its own unique history, scenery, and smells, so there is no recommendation as to which one you should take, but if you are looking for a part-time job, Kyoto may be a better environment with fewer rivals!