Where to Rent a Bicycle in Tokyo

Byron Kidd
This post was originally published on Tokyo by Bike.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Homepage: Docomo Community Cycle

COGICOGI

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
Phone: 080-0170-5959

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
Phone: 03-5610-0638

Rin Project

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

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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

Tobu Pro Rental Cycle Asakusabashi

In Asakusabashi, and a short-ride from the popular Asakusa temple district, is Tobu Pro Rental Cycle whose friendly staff rent both small wheel and regular size mamachari for just 200 yen per day, plus a one-time 500 registration fee. Opening hours 07:00 to 20:00.

Renting a bicycle here will put you within easy cycling distance of Asakusa, Ueno, the sumo stadium at Ryogoku and even the districts of Marunouchi and Ginza.

I’ve personally used Tobu Pro Rental Cycle Asakusabashi when organizing Tokyo Cycling Infrastructure Tours and highly recommend them due to their flawless customer care and service.

Homepage: Tobu Pro Rental Cycle Asakusabashi
Phone: 03-0866-1818

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.

HomepageKatushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum
Phone: 03-3657-3455

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Ward Offices

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.

Taito Rent-a-Cycle

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
Phone: 03-5246-1305

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
Phone: 03-3425-7195

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
Phone: 03-5984-1032

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
Phone: 03-5662-1997

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Remember to keep Zen during cycling moments like this. | Photo by Greg Lane

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