Tokyo is easily one of the world’s most pedestrian-friendly cities for tourists. With almost every worthwhile destination easily accessible by a quick train ride and short walk, there’s rarely ever a need to hail a taxi—unless you get tired, of course.
In the event you run out of breath or fail to make it to your station on time, there’s a convenient new alternative you can turn to: Uber.
Now, the service isn’t completely new to Japan’s capital. Uber Black rides have been around for a while already. This time, though, the ride-hailing firm is partnering with local taxi companies to make its service more accessible. The option is already visible under Tokyo on Uber’s global website.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the taxi companies Uber is working with are Hinomaru Limousine Co., Tokyo MK Corp. and Ecosystem, with 600 cars available in Tokyo’s central district, as well as popular tourist areas like Akihabara and Asakusa. The report adds that the firm is already in talks with even more taxi operators.
“We are in a better position to not just offer a good service to riders, but also to have lasting relationships with taxi companies,” Tom White, head of Uber Japan, said, adding that only 5% of taxi rides in Tokyo are booked via apps.
“We are very much still in the early days,” he added. “There is still tremendous opportunity in this market.”
Will you be booking an Uber taxi next time you travel to Tokyo (whenever that may be)?