May 07, 2010
Cycling Tokyo with Tokyo Rent A Bike
Update: It appears that Tokyo Rent A Bike is no longer in business. For an updated list of places you can rent a bicycle in Tokyo please refer to this post: "Where can I rent a bicycle in Tokyo?"
Spring, the perfect time of year for cycling in Tokyo. If you're in Tokyo for a short visit or don't have a bicycle of your own then you're not out of luck thanks to Tokyo Rent A Bike.
Tokyo Rent A Bike can furnish you with a 6 speed city bicycle, just like the locals ride, for Y900 per day, or as little as Y700 per day for multiple days. Each bicycle has a comfortable seat and a front basket large enough to carry your backpack or any shopping you may do on your tour. Their bicycles also come equipped with their own lock, so you can stop anywhere, take a walk around, have a snack or do some shopping confident that your bicycle will be there when you return.
Contrary to popular belief Tokyo is quite compact and easy to get around by bicycle. From the Tokyo Rent A Bike office in Nakameguro it is a leisurely 10 minute ride to Ebisu, Daikanyama, and Meguro. Cycle for as little as 20 minutes to reach Shibuya and in under 30 minutes you'll reach Roppongi, Harajuku, Shinagawa, Yoyogi park. Even destinations such as Ginza, the Imperial Palace, Odaiba and Ueno are not out of your reach when cycling around Tokyo.
Navigation isn't a problem as Tokyo Rent A Bike will provide you with a map, with suggested routes, and some local knowledge so you can find your way around the areas in between the major centers that tourists taking the subway never get to see.
Blogger and Dad, James Christian used a bicycle from Tokyo Rent A Bike last summer to visit Hiroo, Roppongi and Aoyama with his 2 year old son, discovering places he would never have known about had he taken the train. You can read about the days experiences here.
Tokyo Rent A Bike are located in Nakameguro at the end of the Hibiya Subway Line, or just 2 short stops from Shibuya on the Toyoko Line. You can pick up your bicycle any time between 10am and 1pm, and return it before 8pm. Check their English website for more details and don't hesitate to give them a call with any further enquiries in English, or Japanese.
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
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