How to Share, Rent Bikes in Tokyo
Have you seen a lot of red electric bicycles on Tokyo's streets recently? Some are most likely shared bikes, which are becoming increasingly popular. The convenience of renting for as little as 30 minutes and returning at the destination has increased the number of users. Shared-Bicycles are available for use at all times (24/7).
In this article we introduce shared-bike services in English, as well as rental bicycles that parents can use to ride with their children, English-Speaking cycling tours and cycling groups in Tokyo.
If you would like to purchase a bicycle in Tokyo, please read Where to Buy New and Used Bicycles in Tokyo.
What is a Bicycle-Sharing System?
A bicycle-sharing system is a broad term that refers to a system in which bicycles are pooled and shared by multiple users. The bikes are parked on the street in clusters with fixed docking stations. The majority of shared bikes are electric in Tokyo.
The shared bikes can be returned to any station at the end of hiring. Pricing ranges from half-hour short-hop hires to longer periods of time. Reservations and payments are made simple with bicycle-sharing apps.
How to Use a Shared Bike
Install the app and reserve a bike parked near where you would like to hire it. After unlocking the reserved bicycle with a QR code or passcode, you can use it. The bike can be returned to a nearby station.
For more information on how to use them, please visit the websites listed below.
Before you ride a bike, please also read Cycling in Tokyo: Bicycle Rules & Regulations.
Bike-Sharing Services in Tokyo
Tokyo Bike Sharing by Docomo
Available in: Chiyoda-ku, Chuo-ku, Minato-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Bunkyo-ku, Koto-ku, Shinagawa-ku, Meguro-ku, Ota-ku, Shibuya-ku, Nakano-ku (as of March 2021).
Please read below from Minato-ku to see how to use the service in English.
Available in Shibuya-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Chuo-ku, Meguro-ku, Sumida-ku, Taito-ku.
Available in Itabashi-ku, Toshima-ku, Nakano-ku, Suginami-ku, Nerima-ku, Kita-ku
Check the bicycle stations on the app.
Hello Cycling (Japanese only)
Hello Cycling covers most of the Tokyo area, Yokohama and the east side of Chiba.
Things You Should Check Before Using a Shared-Bike
Please check the following before picking up a bike at the station:
1. Remaining Battery
Would it be enough for the distance you would ride?
Isn't the brake too loose?
Does it ring?
4. Operation Panel
Is it indicating properly?
Are they properly inflated? Check if they are not flat.
Bicycle-Rental Websites in Japanese
If you speak Japanese or know someone who can assist you, these websites could be also useful.
Mountain Bike Rentals (Available in English)
Special Bicycles to Ride with Children
Dendo Jitensha Rental
Mom's Bike Rental
Bicycle Tours in English in Tokyo
Following guided bike tours are operated in English.
Soshi's Tokyo Bike Tour
Tokyo Bicycle Tours
Tokyo Great Cycling Tour
Dig Tokyo Bike Tours
English-Speaking Cycling Groups in Tokyo
If you would like to meet people who love cycling, check out these English-Speakinggroups!
Half-Fast Cycling Tokyo
Tokyo Cycling Club
Folding bikes are small, lightweight, and easy to transport. Folding bikes are also gaining in popularity these days, not just for quicker cycling but also for better storage and affordability. If you are interested in foldable bikes, click the image to see details.