Tokyo cycling fun

Read many of the popular guide books and websites about Tokyo and cycling gets a bad rap. Don’t believe everything you read.

Inokashira Koen station bike racks

Cycling in the metropolis of Tokyo is easy and very safe – if you have your wits about you! Here are some good points:

Most main roads have wide footpaths, with marked lanes to separate cyclists and pedestrians.

Crowds do make this a challenge at times, but you can go for kilometres effectively ‘off-road’.

in front of the new Tokyo Tower #2 at Narihiribashi

The grid pattern road system means that there is always a parallel route to the main road, along minor streets and laneways. Even better, many of these secondary routes are one-way and 40 kph zones, making for safe riding.

Bike hire is easy, and cheap. I hired a bike at Naka-okachimachi cycle station for Y300 for the day.

Most of the major rivers and canals have levees which invariably have great cycle and pedestrian paths going for kilometres.

(Friday 29 July, 2011)


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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