Bicycle in Japan

Bicycle might be Japanese people’s favorite transportation method, especially in large cities, where it offers an interesting alternative to public transportation.

It is also a good way to enjoy the journey to your destination, and to discover unexpected landscapes or neighborhoods.

Renting a bicycle in Japan is easy, as rental shops can be found in most of touristic destinations. For longer distances, electric-assisted bicycle can be very convenient and spare efforts.

Tokyo often ranks among bicycle-friendly cities in the world.

Cycling rules in Japan

Since 1 June 2015, Japanese law on urban circulation was amended with particular focus on cycling. Some of these rules seem common sense, but make sure to follow them:

  • Always keep on the left side of the road (traffic direction in Japan);
  • Do not cycle while drunk;
  • Do not cycle on the sidewalk, except if a signpost allows it;
  • Yield to pedestrians, do not stop on pedestrian crossings;
  • Respect traffic lights and Stop signposts ( in Japanese: 止まれ tomare);
  • Do not listen to music on earphones or use electronic devices (phone, etc.) while cycling;
  • Etc.
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Bicycle parking lots in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara: chu-rin.jp/map

In Japanese

自転車 (jitensha)

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