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.
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.