Tokyo, its better by bike. That's the byline of the Tokyo By Bike site because we sincerely do believe the best way to experience any city is by bicycle. If you're visiting or are a resident looking for a new way to experience the city then we'd highly recommend a bicycle tour of Tokyo.
Cycling through a city allows you to visit the places in between places, it allows you to experience and become part of the city in a way that other tours or modes of transport do not allow. Cycling through a city allows you to travel at your own pace, change course or stop and to browse or take photographs when you discover new and interesting places. When you cycle through a city you can interact with the people and the city making you more than a casual observer of the surroundings.
If you're keen to experience Tokyo in this manner then we'd like to introduce you to the Tokyo Great Bicycle Tour, providers of quality bicycle tours in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Great Cycling Tour has been conducting bicycle tours in Tokyo since 2006 and is one of the most experienced and popular bicycle touring companies in the city. Their experienced and friendly English speaking guides lead groups of cyclists through the city on three routes that take in many of Tokyo's famous, and some lesser known, attractions.
Route A, the Tokyo Bay Ride, conducted every Saturday and Tuesday is rated "easy" and takes riders along the Sumidagawa River and to the Tsukiji Fish market. Crossing multiple bridges over Tokyo's many rivers and Tokyo Bay, cyclists can enjoy lunch by the Bay in Odaiba before taking the water bus to Hinode pier. From the pier it is an easy cycle to the famous Zojyo-ji Temple, Tokyo Tower and finally the Imperial Palace back in central Tokyo.
Route B, the Edo-Tokyo Culture ride which is conducted every Sunday and Thursday takes in such sights as the historic Nihonbashi Bridge and district, the old town of Ningyo-cho where riders can buy sweets from a traditional confectionery store. The tour then moves to Ryogoku, home of Japan's largest Sumo Stadium where if you're lucky you'll see sumo wrestlers going about their daily business. From Royogoku you'll cycle up to the popular tourist district of Asakusa for a well deserved lunch. After lunch the tour continues to Ueno Park, through the narrow streets of Hongo and Tokyo University before ending up at Tokyo's Imperial Palace.
Route C, the Cool Tokyo Ride, is held on an irregular basis or by request. It is an intermediate ride with more road cycling and less stops than Routes A and B begins with a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, and the upmarket shopping district of Ginza before moving on to Shiba Park which offers spectacular views of Tokyo Tower. From there its a short ride to the the Embassy district of Azabu-Juban then on to the infamous home of clubs, bars and disreputable foriegners, Roppongi. Cycle through the historic Aoyama cemetery and down tree lined Omotesando to Yoyogi park for lunch before taking a walking tour of Meiji-jingu shrine. The tour passes by Harajuku's crowded Takeshita Dori, through Jingu Gaien and Yotsuya, past the national Diet building (Parliment) before reaching its final destination, again, Tokyo's imperial Palace.
The beauty of all these routes is that if you were to try and visit all the destinations on the tour using public transport you'd never fit it all into one day. If you were on a business trip or whirlwind tour there is no better way to pack that many sites into a single day.
If you'd rather hire a bicycle and take yourself around the city at your own pace Tokyo Great Cycling Tour will rent you a bicycle for ¥500 per hour, or ¥2,500 for the whole day.
The Tokyo Great Cycling Tour accepts bookings on line via their homepage at http://www.tokyocycling.jp/ or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the Tokyo Great Cycling Tour convince you that Tokyo really is better by bike.
Tokyo Great Cycling Tour
August 12, 2013
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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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