Some Tokyo Taxis Are Serving Iced Tea This Summer

By Mike Pomranz |

© Suntory Beverage & Food

During the summer, it’s no fun schlepping around in the scorching sun to the nearest public transport stop only to sweat in the baking heat waiting for the next subway or bus to come. An air conditioned cab is definitely the superior alternative, and now, in Tokyo, a couple companies are teaming up to increase the chill factor of riding around in a cab even further, rolling out iced tea-serving taxis.

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In a joint promotion between beverage giant Suntory and cab operator Nihon Kotsu, the streets of Tokyo are getting three newly remodeled cars being referred to as “Lemon Hospitality Taxis,” according to RocketNews24. Upon entry, riders will be offered a complimentary 500-millileter bottle of chilled lemon green tea. As if a cold beverage on a hot day wasn’t enough to cool passengers down, they’ll also receive an uchiwa paper fan and a pair of slippers.

The bright green cabs should be relatively easy to spot as they’re decorated to match the packaging of the Suntory lemon green tea they’re meant to promote. However, actually hailing one of these cars sounds like it will probably be a bit tricky. First, those mere three taxis will be serving 23 of central Tokyo’s wards, as well as Mitaka and Musashino. Being that Tokyo has somewhere around over 30,000 taxis, finding one of these iced tea taxis may be a bit like looking for a lemon green tea-flavored needle in a haystack. Second, the promotion is only running until August 4, meaning riders’ chances at free iced tea are limited.

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RocketNews24 also suggests you can “summon the Lemon Hospitality Taxis using the free Zenkoku Taxi app.” Though I don’t know how convenient a cab really is if you have to wait who knows how long for it just to score a free iced tea on the side. How nice are these free slippers they’re giving out? 

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