There are now Velo Taxis for quick rides around Naha in Okinawa. The car traffic can be horrendous in Naha but one way to beat the queue is to take a Velo Taxi along Kokusai Dori, the main strip on the largest island.
Velotaxis are great for getting around on Kokusai Dori, where East meets West in an orgy of quick consumerism, so it's jam-packed with families with cars.
Velotaxis started in Naha in 2004, much later than the first Velotaxis introduced to Berlin in 1997.
Velotaxis were used at the 2005 Aichi Expo in Nagoya, which had a strong environmental theme. There are now Velo Taxis in Nagoya, Tokyo, Naha (Okinawa), Yokohama, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna, Athens, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Brighton, Prague, Barcelona and Kassel.
Charges are around 300 yen (2.40 USD) for short trips around Naha
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