Road - Bicycle, Tokyo
This is my favorate sport in japan.
- I move from one place to another,
- a awake till late even after the last train at the mid-night,
- I save money from paying a lot from one station to another
- I stay away from crowds, rushing for the commute train
all with by 'Grand-Papa' bicycle.
Although we're now reusing railway rights-of-way as bicycle paths, much of the USA is behind the times when it comes to the commuting use of bicycles. I was absolutely enchanted to see that the Japanese have embraced it with a passion. You'd expect to see young(er) people pedaling, but how lovely to see an elegant lady of mature years, dressed to the nines in a Chanel suit with pearls, heels and a lacquered hairstyle, making her way sedately down Gaien Higashi Dori. Even if the commute is simply getting from home to one of the Tokyo Metro stations, bicyclists are accommodated; take a look at this bicycle parking lot, which is in Aoyama. Note, though, that these are REAL parking lots; if you overstay the time for which you've paid, or if you leave your bicycle chained where it doesn't belong, you can expect a ticket.
Tokyo has a great public transport network. Several subway lines, bring you with ease to the various areas and attractions of Tokyo. You can also use the JR Yamanote line, which brings you in less than 20 minutes from Ueno to Shinjuku.
But to explore the city an alternative which is definitely recommended by bike. At various places in the city are bicycles for rent. Near the Tokyo Sky Tree, the Sumida River (Asakusa subway stop) You can hire a bike, you can deliver again elsewhere in the city. The list of drop-off spots for the bike you see on the lease contract.
You can bike on the sidewalk, but more practical close to the side of the road. In the city, it remains a bit of figuring out where you as a cyclist exactly belongs. Some sidewalks are wide enough that there is sufficient place for cycling. Since cyclists have therefore a real bike lane at their disposal. A sign above the pedestrian walkway indicates that cyclists and pedestrians left right ought to go.
Tokyo has 280 bicycle which in total offer space to 180,000 bikes. And Japan would not be Japan, as they no automatic electronically controlled would sit in shelters. You ride the bike on a rotating disk, put it on lock and the machine does the rest. The bike comes with a lift to one of the floors of the underground 'bicycle flat. You pay at a machine at the exit. At the noble pursuit of the Japanese to save energy is indeed passed, but it is practical and space saving.
Bicycles usually ridden on the pavements with due regard being given to pedestrians. Japanese, particularly women with young children seem to favour this form of transport in their local areas. Bicycles are inexpensive and small so better buy one in Europe. The exception to this might be DAIEI where suitable bicycles can be found at reasonable prices, especially during promotional sales periods. Civil liability insurance is a must.
Once you get the hang of it the train system here is absolutely fantastic! Signs are in both Japanese and English which makes it even easier to get around. Or, if you prefer, you can always do what most Japanese do, ride a bicycle.
There are many train and subway line in Tokyo.So you don't need to hire a car at all.Tickets is not cheap,but There are several discout tickets,10 times ride discout ticket,one day ticket and so on.
I usually get around this city by motorbike or bicycle.
If you have time and want to feel Japanese life style,I recomende use bicycle.
The best way to get around is by bicycle. Especially when so wasted you can't ride it. Take notes- this man is a professional. This man is me.
Bycicles are a common transportation even for office people due to the traffic jam, environmental purposes and of course, excersise! I was surprised to see a bycicle park.