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5 Recommended Bicycle Rentals in Tokyo

2016.06.02

Writer name : sakai

Although Tokyo has a well-developed transportation network of trains and buses, the ability to maneuver on a bicycle without getting caught up in congested traffic is immensely convenient. This time we’ve chosen 5 recommended bicycle rental shops so on days when the weather is good, you should definitely try going around Tokyo on a bicycle.

1. Setagaya-ku Bicycle Rentals (Sangenjaya, Sakurajosui, etc.)

In Tokyo’s Setagaya-ku, there are 6 stations (Sakurajosui, Sangenjaya, Sakurashinmachi, Seijogakuenmae, Kyodou, Todoroki) where you can borrow a bicycle (places where you can return it in a different location from where you borrowed it are nicknamed “Gayarin”). Among other things, we recommend Setagaya-ku’s prominent shopping district in Sangenjaya for cycling since it is packed with highlights like a downtown area with a retro atmosphere, fashionable cafes, theatres and the commercial building “Carrot Tower” which has a free observation lobby.

Also, for those who haven’t decided on a plan of action, if you use the “Setagaya-ku Cycle Map” distributed by the bicycle rental port, then you can find recommended walking courses, parks, shrines, art museums and more so you can go around at your leisure. Since you can also borrow motorized bicycles, it’s possible to go as far as you like!

- Regular bicycles are 200 JPY per day (additional fee for creating a card & security deposit is 500JPY).
- Motorized bicycles are 300 JPY per day (additional fee for creating a card & security deposit is 3,500 JPY).
- Your security deposit will be returned in full at the end.
- For persons 12 and up, you must show ID at the reception desk.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


1. Setagaya-ku Bicycle Rentals (Sangenjaya, Sakurajosui, etc.)


Official Homepage

2. Akihabara UDX Parking Bicycle Rental (Akihabara)

In Akihabara, an area known as the world’s leading electric town and a holy ground for anime, you can rent motor-assisted bicycles. The place for this is Akihabara UDX Parking. It is located in the basement of the office complex building which also has restaurants and cafes. One of its plus points is that it can be accessed directly from JR Akihabara station. Since there are only two bicycles at a time available to rent, we recommend calling beforehand to find out availability (you can borrow within one hour from your phone call. Japanese only.) With a motor-assisted bicycle, you will be okay even if you have heavy shopping bags! Going uphill is also easy so it’ll be a lifesaver. Akihabara UDX Parking also has coin lockers where you can store your bags then go sightseeing. Sightseeing spots like Ueno, Asakusa, and Tokyo Skytree are very close so you can go visiting via bicycle.

- 1,000 JPY for up to 6 hours, up to 2,000 JPY on the day (2,000 JPY security deposit).
- If there are no problems when you return, your deposit will be refunded in full.
- Necessary documents: ID.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


2. Akihabara UDX Parking Bicycle Rental (Akihabara)


Parking Search Site "Parking NAVI" Official Homepage (Japanese only)

3. tokyobike Rentals (Yanaka)

tokyobike, which has their head office in Yamaka, will open tokyobike Rentals on May 18th, 2016. You can rent 3 kinds of sports bikes. The area around Yanaka has many tiny restaurants and general stores in its alleyways and is dotted with temples like Yanaka Reien and large open spaces like Ueno Park so when spring approaches, it will be popular with tourists coming from all over Japan. This bicycle rental has prior reservations almost every day, so if you plan to reserve on the day of, there’s a chance that there will be no bikes available. You will have more peace of mind if you reserve at least a week in advance. They won’t hold your bags for you so it will be good to have a backpack or shoulder bag that is easy to carry on a bicycle. Enjoy the season while riding through the streets of Yanaka.

- Usage fee is 1,000 JPY (incl.tax) per day (Hours are weekdays from 11:30 am - 6:30 pm, weekends & holidays from 11:00 am - 5:30 pm).
- Necessary documents: ID.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


3. tokyobike Rentals (Yanaka)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

4. Pillar Cafe (Shibuya)

Pillar Cafe is located along a narrow path in Shibuya’s Meiji-dori. As a cafe with the concept of a bicycle rental, it has an exchange system where, depending on the amount of money you spend at the cafe, you can rent a bicycle for free. The price for renting 1 bicycle/using the cafe is 500 JPY and up for 1 hour, 1,000 JPY and up for 1 - 3 hours, 2,000 JPY and up for 3 - 5 hours and 3,000 JPY for over 5 hours. They teach you small routes and recommended food places so you can enjoy your cycling without a worry. The food is exceptional after you’ve worked up a sweat on your sightseeing tour around Tokyo and are hungry. Since it’s also a cafe that can boast about their food, you will definitely be satisfied.

- 2,000 JPY security deposit. Fully refunded if there are no problems upon return.
- Necessary documents: ID.


4. Pillar Cafe (Shibuya)


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

5. Taito-ku Bicycle Rental (Various places in Taito-ku)

In Taito-ku, where the town of Asakusa is located, this publicly managed bicycle rental is located in 4 areas (Sumida Park, Shin-Okachimachi, Naka Okachimachi and Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station south). You can borrow bicycles from 6:00 am so it’s recommended for early sightseeing. The fees differ based on the length of time and are very reasonable: 200 JPY for 4 hours, 300 JPY for 1 day, 600 JPY for 3 days and 1,200 JPY for 7 days. You can’t park on the streets during the nights so if you’re renting for a long period of time, be sure to consult with your hotel. If you request it at the reception desk, you can return the bicycle in a different parking area from where you borrowed it. The area is dotted with several nearby sightseeing spots like the beautiful sakura at Sumida Park, Tokyo Skytree in Asakusa, the food storehouse Ameyoko, the area of Kappabashi that's known for the food sample at restaurants, and more, so plan a good sightseeing route and make the most of the bicycle rental!

- Necessary documents: ID.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


5. Taito-ku Bicycle Rental (Various places in Taito-ku)


Official Homepage (Automatic machine translation available)

What did you think? You can experience scenery that you can’t see from trains or buses, learn the appeal of Tokyo via bicycle travel, and even have the chance of meeting new people. Take care to drive safely and savor the joy of going through the streets of Tokyo.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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