The subway is undoubtedly convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo, but if you’re seeking a leisurely way to soak in the city’s scenic delights, hopping on a shared bicycle is an absolute must! Join me, Marei, the adventurous Editor-in-Chief, as I peddle my way around the majestic Imperial Palace.
In Tokyo, there are various bike-sharing services, but the crowd-favorite is “Docomo Bike Share.” With over 900 cycle ports scattered throughout the city, you can start your adventure from any port and return the bike wherever you please. What’s more, these electric bikes effortlessly conquer Tokyo’s slopes, making your journey a breeze!
By installing the official app and pre-registering your credit card, you’re ready to roll in no time. Don’t worry if you haven’t downloaded the app; you can grab a 1-day pass at a nearby convenience store. (Although the app is really practical!)
How and where do you cycle in Tokyo?
While primarily riding on the side road alongside traffic, you can also cruise along sidewalks marked with specific signs. Remember to respect pedestrians by maintaining a speed that allows you to halt promptly.
Oh, and don’t forget to wear a helmet! It’s now mandatory, so bring your own if you have one at home.
Imperial Palace, Here We Come!
To experience the best of the Imperial Palace, we’ll follow a counterclockwise route—just like the Imperial Palace Run. The scenic beauty is simply breathtaking! For an extra treat, I’ve chosen a course (marked with a red arrow) that includes Kitanomaru Park and Chidori-ga-fuchi, renowned for its enchanting cherry blossoms.
I rented my bike near Kudanshita Station at a cycle port conveniently located near the Chiyoda City Tourist Information, where you can grab handy tourist pamphlets and maps.
During the Imperial Palace Cycling Tour, several highlights await, such as the Chidori-ga-fuchi Green Way, a picturesque view of the Imperial Palace moat from Miyakezaka Hill, towering skyscrapers, Sakurada-mon Gate, and the iconic Nijubashi Bridge.
There are many places where you can see the streets of Edo from 400 years ago and modern Tokyo at the same time. Thanks to the e-bike, I didn’t get tired at all! Tokyo has many cycle ports, so we recommend stopping by on the way and easily returning your bike.
I took a detour to a cafe!
Hibiya Park is a recommended detour when cycling through the Imperial Palace. With several fountains and beautiful seasonal flowers, it is truly an oasis in the city.
A nice cafe in the park is the perfect place for a cycling break!
Please enjoy cycling in Tokyo while feeling the pleasant breeze!
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Curry Labo Tokyo Hibiya Park / Namery Roasted Hibiya Park
1-2 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Chiyoda City Tourist Information
1-6-17, Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo