Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Classy Cabbie

Taxi cabs are quite the production here. The seats are almost always covered in elaborate lace, and the rear left door is operated remotely by the driver, you aren't supposed to open or close it by yourself. We took our first taxi ride in Tokyo (and our second, and our third...) and I was surprised to see that the initial fee started at about $7 USD. This preliminary fee is called Hatsunori, and is good for 2 kilometers, after which point you pay for each additional kilometer. Like almost everything else here though, there is no tipping, which helps make the cost more reasonable.

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