As a visitor to Tokyo, renting a bicycle can be a difficult affair. Given the lack of a convenient city-wide bicycle sharing system (such as London’s Santander Cycles or the extensive Velib network in Paris), tourists are often left on their own to locate bicycle rental services—and the lack of information in English and other languages makes this a daunting task.
Given that bicycle rental businesses in Tokyo appear and disappear at an astonishing rate I have attempted to list some of the longer running, and less likely to go out of business, bicycle rental services below.
Docomo Community Cycle
By far the most extensive bicycle sharing network in Tokyo is the Docomo Community Cycle Sharing network currently in operation in three wards around Tokyo (Koto, Chiyoda, Minato) but also in Yokohama and Sendai.
Visitors to the city can use the small-wheeled electric bicycles by purchasing a one-day pass and bicycles can be returned on any of the numerous ports in each ward.
Sharing stations in Koto cover the Tokyo Bay waterfront area of Odaiba, a popular tourist destination with wide easy to cycle paths, and home to some of Tokyo’s newest cycling infrastructure.
The Chiyoda bicycle sharing stations are conveniently located around the beautiful Imperial Palace Gardens, near Tokyo Station, and the ever popular Akihabara shopping district, while Minato bike share stations cover Shinagawa, Roppongi and popular tourist destinations such as Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown.
Homepage: Docomo Community Cycle
COGICOGI is a small but well-established bicycle sharing system with numerous ports in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts. Recently the service has expanded to cover the Tokyo Skytree area. Membership is required and their small-wheeled, electric-assist bicycles can be picked up and dropped off at any of the networks bicycle sharing ports. The COGICOGI service operates from 10:00 to 19:00 daily with last rental at 18:00. Membership is required and can be arranged online. One-day and monthly memberships available.
Homepage: COGICOGI Share Cycle System
Extremo Mountain Bike Rentals
Located in Sumida and offering a bicycle delivery and pick up service to hotels within the Yamanote Line, Extremo Mountain Bike Rentals rent reliable brand name mountain bikes for 3,000 yen per day, 1,300 yen per extra day, and 9,300 yen for an entire week. Reservations and ID required.
Homepage: Extremo Mountain Bike Rentals
Rin Project in the Taito ward is a friendly bicycle store that rents exceptionally well-loved bicycles to locals and tourists alike, for 1,080 yen per day (plus a 540-yen accident insurance fee). With just 5 bicycles available for hire, making a reservation is highly recommended. Opening hours are 11:00 to 18:00 with last rental at 17:00.
Homepage: Rin Project
GS Astuto Road Bike Rentals Tokyo
If you’re in Tokyo looking to continue your road or triathlon training, look no further than GS Astuto Road Bike Rentals. GS Astuto have both carbon-frame road bicycles and wheelsets for rent. After a recent move, GS Astuto is now a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku Station, but this shouldn’t phase anyone who doesn’t want to interrupt their training while in Japan. Rates available upon request.
Homepage: GS Astuto Road Bike Rentals Tokyo
Katushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum Bicycle Rental
Located conveniently close to the Edogawa cycling road and numerous parks and gardens the Katushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum rents mamachari-style bicycles for just 400 yen per day.
Homepage: Katushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum
Tokyo is made up of 23 distinct council-controlled regions, most of which offer some form of bicycle rental via their city hall. Information about these services is provided almost exclusively in Japanese via the city office website, but as reservations are rarely required, once you’ve located the pick-up point renting a bicycle is rarely a difficult affair.
Open daily from 6:00 until 20:00 at four convenient locations their mamachari-style bicycles can be rented for just 300 yen per day.
Homepage: Taito Rent-a-Cycle
Setagaya City Rental Cycle
With 7 convenient port locations around Setagaya, the largest of Tokyo’s 23 wards, and a mix of electric-assist and conventional bicycles and even bicycles with child seats, Setagaya City Rental Cycle has something for everyone.
Homepage: Setagaya City Rental Cycle
Nerima Town Cycle
Nerima Town Cycle has 7 ports located close to major train stations around Nerima, and bicycles can be rented for as little as 200 yen per day. Unfortunately in addition to ID, the service asks for proof of residence meaning the system is closed to those who do not live in Nerima Ward. I guess they’re working on a different definition of bicycle “sharing” than the rest of us.
Homepage: Nerima Town Cycle
Edogawa Rental Cycle
The city-owned Edogawa Rental Cycle has mamachari-style bicycles available for just 210 yen per day at 11 conveniently located sharing stations, including one close to the scenic Kasai Rinkai Koen and Arakawa River cycling course.
Homepage: Edogawa Rental Cycle
Thinking about getting a ride of your own? Read our guide to getting a secondhand bike in Tokyo.