Bicycle through the scenery of Tokyo, discover hidden places you didn't know existed. If you love that freeing sensation of cycling through traffic-free lanes surrounded by nature, we’ve got the perfect excursions for you to access on two wheels.
Looking for a great place to relax away from traffic lights and congested streets? The Arakawa Cycling Road, which runs along the bank of the Arakawa River for more than 80 kilometers, is the perfect getaway. It is ideal for families with kids looking to enjoy a day out, couples or friends who want to explore a different side of Tokyo.
If you do not own a bicycle, you can rent one from the various facilities nearby the route. On the Tokyo Bay side, you can also find the distinctive red-and-black rental e-bikes offered as part of the Tokyo Bicycle Sharing program at many ports near the Arakawa River.
2.KASAI RINKAI KOEN
Opened in 1989, Kasai Rinkai Park is the largest park in central Tokyo, located just across the Edogawa River from Tokyo Disney Resort. It was built on reclaimed land and developed in an effort to restore and preserve natural Tokyo Bay habitat.
The park offers a nice break from the surrounding cityscapes and has a number of walking trails that crisscross the gardens, lawns and beaches. In addition, the park features an aquarium, a Ferris wheel, a seabird sanctuary and an observation building.
3. ODAIBA AND TOKYO BAY ISLANDS
While the city districts might not boast the same natural landscapes of mountains and lakes as Tokyo’s surrounding areas, they do offer you the opportunity to cycle past sundown with well-lit roads and pavements – not to mention spectacular city lights. Start this route before dusk to enjoy sunset views over Tokyo Bay before the scenery transforms with Odaiba’s dazzling multicolored lights.
Cycling over Tokyo's iconic Rainbow Bridge is not allowed, but you are allowed to walk your bike across.
It can be hard to find traffic free lanes in Tokyo where you don’t have to be wary of passing cars and crowded crossings. A good way to bypass tricky routes is to cycle along one of the city’s waterfront promenades and follow the river to your destination. This route along the Sumida River leads to the historical district of Asakusa, home of the Sensoji Temple.
Sensoji is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples.
The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
5. EDOGAWA CYCLING PATH & SHIBAMATA
Shibamata is rich with Showa-era charm and home to the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple and Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum.
Another little bonus with this route is that it’s well set up for visiting guests, as there are several locations near and along the way that rent out bikes, including the Tora-san Museum (¥400 for high school aged students and older, ¥200 for junior high school students and younger).