Published On: Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014

Enjoy Great Time on Bicycles in Japan

Bicycles in Japan has become more popular these days; since bicycles are widely used by people in Japan, regardless their age groups or their social standings. Tourists could also find rental bicycles available in plenty of tourist destinations and utilize this as another alternative means for getting around in Japan.

 

japanese bicycle vintage 1935

japanese bicycle vintage 1935

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Types of Bicycles

The types of bicycles in Japan and at most rental shops are the simple bicycles for daily use, which the Japanese called mamachari or mom’s bicycle. The mamachari are normally equipped with a child seat or a basket, and have a kicksatand, a simple lock and a single gear. The more advanced models of mamahari are using multiple gears otherwise electric assistance that is gradually becoming more and more popular. As for mountain bicycles, racing bicycles and foldable bicycles are not common available for rent.  On the streets of japan, the expensive bikes are easily outnumbered by the less expensive mamachari.

 

mamachari mom bicycle

mamachari mom bicycle

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Rental Bicycles

With the growing popularity of bicycles in Japan, rental bicycles are widely available in most of tourist destinations. These bicycle rentals could be the less expensive and more convenient way for getting around at relatively compact towns or cities where distances of one attraction to another are a bit too far if going around on foot. Bicycles rental shops are commonly found at most train stations. Some of these shops require you to make a deposit and a copy of identification card for rentals. Some shops might ask for phone number and the address of your accommodation as well.

 

bicycle rental in japan

bicycle rental in japan

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Most bicycles rentals are renting the usual mamachari. The rental fees are ranging from 100 to 300 yen per hour, or 400 to 800 yen for half of a day, or 1000 to 1200 yen for a whole day. On some rare occasions, mountain bikes, road bicycles, or electric-assisted bicycles are offered as well at higher rates. Most of rental shops don’t allow overnight rentals. If you’re staying in bicycles friendly areas, some of the accommodations might provide their guests with bicycles to use for free, though some might also charge a fee.

 

Bicycle Rules

In theory, cyclists or bicycles users are supposed to only use the streets instead of the sidewalks, with the exception when signs indicate that pedestrians and cyclists may both use the sidewalks. However, in practice cyclists tend to not follow the rule and out of convenience use the sidewalks instead. Helmets are optional and are not common for rental shops to provide helmets for the cyclists.

 

japan bicycle rules

japan bicycle rules

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Parking Areas

There are dedicated parking areas for bicycles in many big cities, which usually near the railway stations as well as shopping centers. In some places you might even find available multi-storey parking spaces or garages that can be used exclusively by bicycles. At places where designated parking spaces aren’t available, it is recommended not to follow ruthless cyclists that parked their bicycles even in the clearly non-parking zones.

 

Underground Parking Lot Japan Bicycle

Underground Parking Lot Japan Bicycle

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parking lot japan bicycle

parking lot japan bicycle

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Touring Bicycles

There are several regions in Japan that are great for long distance cycling. These kinds of regions offer various roads with only insignificant traffic, which safer and more comfortable for cyclists. These country roads provide beautiful sightseeing views for the cyclists. That is why it is not uncommon that there is a growing popularity of bicycles in Japan.

touring bicycle japan

touring bicycle japan

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