Full Day Cycling Sightseeing Tours of Tokyo from Toranomon Hills

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Set out from central Tokyo on a cycling tour and discover a new side of the city. Come empty handed and borrow a bicycle, helmet, gloves and other necessary gear on site. Beginner cyclists are able to learn how to ride your bike comfortably.

Highlights
  • Go to places you cannot go on a bus tour
  • Travel faster than a walking tour
  • Come empty-handed and rent the bike, helmet and cycling gear on spot
  • Beginner cyclists are welcome

Description

Discover the Edo Era culture of Tokyo, passed along to the modern day. From kabuki and sumo to long-running stores and delicate Japanese sweets, get hands on with living history on this premium course.

Explore the trendy Ginza area aligned with retro buildings and high-end boutiques before heading over to the busy fish markets of Tsukiji. Cruise toward the Nihonbashi area while making way to the Ryogoku area to possibly spot a sumo wrestlers. Refuel yourself with a delicious local lunch as you make way to the popular Asakusa and Sensoji temple.

Pedal along to the Ueno Zoo to see the natural scenery leading to the Imperial Palace. Enjoy visiting the iconic spots of the city with a friendly Japanese guide to take you around safely.

Itinerary

  • Hibiya Park - Enjoy the flowers of the season, fountain and the contrast between the greenery and skyscrapers at this park.

  • Ginza - You will visit the dramatic Kabukiza Theater, stop by a charming paper goods shop called Kyukyodo and then head to Kimuraya, home of delicious baked goods!

  • Tsukiji Market - Enjoy the bustling market and look around for both interesting snacks, goodies to bring back home or awesome photo ops.

  • Kyobashi

  • Nihonbashi - Cross the famous bridge (the start point of the ancient Tokaido Road) and then visit a shop that has been in business since the Edo period.

  • Ningyocho - Off the beaten path, this traditional area of Tokyo is home to yummy ningoyaki (cute sweets) shops and other cool workshops.

  • Ryogoku - The town of Sumo wrestlers, keep an eye out for the massive athletes and the impressive stadium where they compete.

  • Lunch - You will have lunch at a restaurant on the way, a boxed lunch, or a light meal and snacks. We recommend that you eat and snack a little at here and there to keep your energy up. The staff member will teach you a technique to bike comfortably to the end of the tour.

  • Sensoji temple - Check out the bright red gates and giant lantern that welcome you to the temple, and stroll by the five-layered pagoda.

  • Kappabashi - Tokyo's cooking street, you can find everything from chopsticks to the kitchen sink here. Stop by Kamaasa, to look at the huge variety of interesting goods.

  • Ueno Zoo - Zip under the trees of the park, especially beautiful during the spring and autumn. The main event of this stop is meeting the cute pandas!

  • Kanda Myojin - Visit the shrine where the festival of the Tokugawa Shogun is held every year.

  • Imperial Palace - Surrounded by a moat and greenery, take in the sights via bike (but watch out for all the runners).

  • Tea Break at Hibiya Park - Relax and savor delicious Japanese sweets and tea!

Includes

  • Rental bike / Helmet / Gloves / Simple rain wear / Towel

  • Japanese-speaking guide
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Imperial Palace and Bakery Course
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This short tour is a perfect option if you just want a quick taste of the city! Buy yummy bread at a popular bakery and savor it at the park in front of the Imperial Palace, then pose in front of the Diet Building or the Embassy Street. Enjoy sipping hot coffee and soup in the warm sunshine.

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Rental bike / Helmet / Gloves / Simple rain wear / Towel / Japanese-speaking guide
Add-ons:
  • Kid's trailer +

    You cannot use the trailer for infants 12 months old or under. This is for a child of 18 kg or less.

Schedule

  • 10:00

    Meet at Toranomon Hills.

  • Briefing

    We will teach you all you need to know about the Road Traffic Laws, manners in group cycling, how to operate a bike, and the overview of the course.

  • Tour Starts!

    Confirm the operation of the bike and hand signs, and then start out! Make sure to be careful and stick with the group during the tour.

  • Hibiya Park

    Enjoy the flowers of the season, fountain and the contrast between the greenery and skyscrapers at this park.

  • Imperial Palace Area

    Surrounded by a moat and greenery, take in the sights via bike (but watch out for all the runners). Stop for a cup of coffee and relax close to the home of the Emperor!

  • Marunouchi and Tokyo Station

    Check out the lovely retro Tokyo Station, and zip around the streets of high-end shops and red brick buildings.

  • Diet Building

    Stop in front of the Diet Building for a quick photo!

  • Akasaka

    Cycle down Embassy Street, to wrap up this short tour.

  • 13:30

    Check out at Toranomon Hills

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Sumida River Picnic Course
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Enjoy watching kabuki, a traditional Japanese stage art, visiting long-established shops and see the excellent techniques of artisans, then relax with a picnic lincluding a nice bento boxed lunch along the Sumida River.

Duration: 3:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Rental bike / Helmet / Gloves / Simple rain wear / Towel / Japanese-speaking guide
Add-ons:
  • Kid's trailer +

    You cannot use the trailer for infants 12 months old or under. This is for a child of 18 kg or less.

Schedule

  • 10:00

    Meet at Toranomon Hills

  • Briefing

    We will give you a lecture on the Road Traffic Law, manners in group cycling, how to operate a bike, and the overview of the course.

  • Tour Starts!

    Confirm the operation of the bike and hand signs, and then start out! Make sure to be careful and stick with the group during the tour.

  • Hibiya Park

    Enjoy the flowers of the season, fountain and the contrast between the greenery and skyscrapers at this park.

  • Ginza

    Stop by the dramatic Kabukiza Theater, located in the elegant Ginza district.

  • Kyobashi

  • Nihonbashi

    Cross the famous bridge (the start point of the ancient Tokaido Road) and then visit a shop that has been in business since the Edo period.

  • Ningyocho

    Off the beaten path, this traditional area of Tokyo is home to yummy ningoyaki (cute sweets) shops and other cool workshops.

  • Imperial Palace

    Surrounded by a moat and greenery, take in the sights via bike (but watch out for all the runners).

  • 13:30

    Check out at Toranomon Hills

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From
Water Bus and Cycling Course
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Combine both cycling and cruising on the water bus during this special evening tour. See the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the metropolis at dusk as you sail over the bay, and enjoy seeing the city light up after dark by bike.

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Rental bike / Helmet / Gloves / Simple rain wear / Towel / Japanese-speaking guide
Add-ons:
  • Kid's trailer +

    You cannot use the trailer for infants 12 months old or under. This is for a child of 18 kg or less.

Schedule

  • 14:30

    Meet at Toranomon Hills

  • Briefing

    We will teach you all you need to know about the Road Traffic Laws, manners in group cycling, how to operate a bike, and the overview of the course.

  • Tour Starts!

    Confirm the operation of the bike and hand signs, and then start out! Make sure to be careful and stick with the group during the tour.

  • Water Bus from Hinode Pier

    See the sights from the bay as you cruise along, and enjoy the cool afternoon breeze.

  • Odaiba

    Enjoy watching the night view, and seeing the colorful lights and huge ferriswheel light up!

  • New Market

  • Toyosu

  • Tsukjima

    This area is famous for monjayaki, a uniquely Tokyo style of savory dish similar to okonomiyaki (a cabbage-based savory pancake).

  • Kachidokibashi

  • Ginza

  • Hibiya Park

  • Roppongi Midtown

    Check out the bright illumination displays. particularly gorgeous during the winter season!

  • Tokyo Tower

    Lit up after dark, this bright red tower becomes a beacon!

  • Zoujouji Temple

    Located right at the foot of Tokyo Tower, it is a perfect contrast between the old and the new.

  • 19:00

    Check out at Toranomon Hills

We had such a fantastic time on our bicycle tour! It was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Tokyo. We had only a few days to visit and this tour packed in tons of sites. Our tour guide, Hiro, did a great job of leading us through the city and stopping at a mixture of touristy spots and places that were off the beaten path that he thought we might like. He even made a special effort to find a place for us to have a vegetarian lunch and helped us order. Also, I was a little nervous about doing a bicycle tour because I've never biked in a city before. Hiro was a great, safe guide who made sure to keep to our pace and I had a great time. I highly recommend this tour.

Amanda

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  • (For Check-In) Toranomon Hills (1-chome 23 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to) Time: 10:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Toranomon Hills (1-chome 23 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to) Time: 13:30:00

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  • (For Check-In) Toranomon Hills (1-chome 23 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to) Time: 10:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Toranomon Hills (1-chome 23 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to) Time: 13:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
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  • This tour is for people 180 cm or taller.

All Packages
  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • Insurance certificate

  • Day pack etc. to carry your belongings. The bike does not have a front basket for your baggage.

  • We recommend that you bring sunglasses to protect against sunshine and prevent insects from coming into your eyes.

  • It would be best to wear a wind breaker to protect against light rain or wind. We can loan out simple rain wear.

  • Though we do not have a changing room, there is a relatively wide restroom where you can change.

  • You can check your belongings that you do not need while cycling, at our shop.

  • It would be better if you bring your own helmet and gloves, for we have only free-sized ones.

  • We will give you a discount of JPY 1,000 from the tour price if you bring your own bike.

Additional Note(s)
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  • The tour may be cancelled, if 70% of probability of precipitation is forecast at the starting time of the tour in the weather report at 17:00 the day before, in which case we will let you know before the tour. However, the tour will be carried out if the estimated whole precipitation is not so much. We will loan out rain coats for free.

  • This tour is open to anyone, and you can enjoy cycling slowly stopping at various places and chatting with other participants.

  • We loan out a kid’s trailer for free. This is for a child of 18 kg or less. You can not use this for an infant or baby of 12 months or less.

  • We would appreciate it if you allow yourself extra time for the tour for we sometimes cannot end the tour by the scheduled time.

  • Please be sure to keep safety in mind during the tour.

  • An extra fee of JPY 500 will be charged for accident insurance, which you should pay at the site.

  • You can either have lunch at a restaurant on the day or buy a boxed lunch. We will arrange for a vegetarian lunch as far as possible, which you can choose from the reservation form if you like.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6.

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Reviews

We had such a fantastic time on our bicycle tour! It was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Tokyo. We had only a few days to ...visit and this tour packed in tons of sites. Our tour guide, Hiro, did a great job of leading us through the city and stopping at a mixture of touristy spots and places that were off the beaten path that he thought we might like. He even made a special effort to find a place for us to have a vegetarian lunch and helped us order. Also, I was a little nervous about doing a bicycle tour because I've never biked in a city before. Hiro was a great, safe guide who made sure to keep to our pace and I had a great time. I highly recommend this tour. more

Amanda

Hop on the Saddle tour was a wonderful experience! Upon arrival we were impressed by the immaculate bike garage. The bikes were we...ll maintained and light. Helmets and gloves were provided.

Seeing Tokyo by bike provided a more intimate view of the local culture, beauty of its parks and architecture. Our tour guide was very concerned about our safety and comfort. He even brought rain ponchos for our group since our day started out with a light misty rain.

The personal touches will endear you. We had a small group of six so we stopped for a picnic in a local park while Hero, our guide, brewed various teas for us to try along with homemade banana nut bread baked by his wife.

The ride was very enjoyable. The terrain was mostly flat and easily managed. We leisurely meandered through the various neighborhoods stopping frequently to allow photos. Our guide took photos for us throughout the entire tour and will provide via email.

When we were in high traffic areas our guide would patiently wait for those who may have been separated by a red light. As long as you ride single file and to the left the busy street traffic you encounter will not be a problem. We had novice riders and they did fine. I would highly recommend this experience as an unique and fun way to see the city!
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Pam from Atlanta, GA

We participated in this tour as part of our singles in paradise Japan vacation. This was a perfect way to see the city and get s...ome fresh air and excersize. The man who runs it is very nice and even brought his two lovely daughters along to help out and watch over us. The bikes seemed new and functioned very well. The route too us along some nice paths and some of the interesting sites. We stopped aking the way so he could point out different things and take pictures. Then we stopped at a place that offered sushi to go. We selected what we wanted which was part of the cost then we headed to a nice park where he spread out a tarp and we had a nice picnic. He even warned up a couple different types of tea for us. Then the final treat was fresh made banana bread that he said his wife had just made. We were well taken care of.

The route is all flat. The full day tour is 25 kilometers. We are not the youngest of fittest group but we all did fine.

I would highly recommend this tour as a great way to see the city and enjoy some exercise. I would also recommend taking a taxi there. This is located in a high rise building not real close to any trams. It threw me off since in my mind I was expecting to be meeting in a park. But Hiro runs this from that bundling where he stores the bikes.

Again, a wonderful tour. Thank you Hiro!
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Mauiboy

What a delight! Had an excellent experience with Hiro as our cycling guide. We started at Toranomon Hills, thru the consumerism of... Ginza, the frenetic and lively Tsukiji Fish Market, 3-4 hidden gems of shrines and some lovely urban parks, the bike tour took us through quickly and efficiently through Tokyo! I believe it was the best way to explore at ground level. No tour bus, taxi or subway could have accomplished the route we took. Yes, we stopped at shops but nothing seemed forced and all were meant to experience what Tokyo residents do (that is, shops were geared to locals, not tourists per se, as there seemed to be more locals). We sampled red bean buns at the oldest bakery (est. 860), an old shoya shop (fermented ebi), a tea shop near the fish market, a popular and famous bento shop for lunch and the most popular taiyaki (red bean fish waffle). You should be confident on a bicycle and have a good sense of safety and be traffic savvy, follow the rules, stay alert and listen to the guide. more

Teena

I'm a Tokyo resident but since the expiration date of my points was approaching, I decided to join a fun tour in Tokyo and ch...ose this one. You can't really ride a bike in the heart of the city so it looked fun! The day of the tour we met up at Toranomon Hills. We learned how to ride the bikes and headed for the road.

Until we reached Hibiya Park, I was still getting used the bike while we rode, and at the park, I adjusted the height of my seat etc. After that, we followed this route:

The Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, Hibiya, Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market, Kachidokibashi, Tsukuda, Tsukishima, Toyosu, Toyosu Market, Odaiba, (the water bus), Hinode Pier, Hamamatsu-cho, Zojo-ji Temple, tea at Shiba Park, Atago, Toranomon Hills.

Our guide knew so many interesting things about places like the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market (and many more) which made it a great sightseeing bike tour. We dropped by places that you can't reach by train and on foot. I fully enjoyed both Edo and Tokyo. Of course, I had fun cycling too. It's pretty thrilling to cross the intersection on a bike at Ginza 4-chome! We spent a great time on the water bus right at sunset.

It was a fun tour even for people like me (I did feel a little sore) who don't normally ride bikes!

(Translated from Japanese by Veltra.com)
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Anna

I had 3 days off in a row and was planning a bus tour through other travels websites, but I couldn't find anything good. I de...cided to search on Veltra since I used them for a trip abroad and happened upon this tour!! I wanted to go cycling beforehand, so I quickly reserved a spot. I was glad that I could reserve it the day before, and after I did, I quickly got a reply from the instructor.

On the day of, there were only two of us participating, so I was a little anxious, but we were shown around the private parking area of Toranomon Hills and were told we could ride fashionable GIOS bikes so it was really exciting. I wanted to go outside and cycle as soon as possible. They provided helmets, gloves and water and also looked after our hand luggage.

Since I usually don't ride a bike, I didn't understand the traffic regulations but thanks to our experienced instructor's help, I was able to relax and enjoy the scenery.

I had been to the places we visited before, but on the bike, it felt like going to a place I'd never been to. We had photos taken for us along the way, so you don't have to worry about you camera getting in the way or any damage being done to it. There were all sorts of things we could experience that weren't on the schedule too such as the Tsukiji Fish Market, talking with the locals, a delicious bento for lunch from an old sushi shop, hot matcha, tasty coffee and homemade jam, sweet and strong apple juice, hot grilled sweet potatoes in Ryogoku...

Riding a bike all day does make you a little sore, but it wasn't too difficult at all. Instead, it made me want to ride a bike more often. It feels great to be able to go so far on a bike and you'll be able to feel you achieved something.

The day after the tour, I took a look at a bicycle shop that I'd never been in before.

I will join this tour again!
Thank you very much!!

(Translated from Japanese by Veltra.com)
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MAI

I went on this tour just before the sakura bloomed. Beforehand we covered everything from the lecture to getting gloves and helmet...s! The weather was so good that we felt it was the best weather for cycling as we started.

At first, I thought I would be afraid of riding on the road, but with the help of our guide we rode on streets with few cars, so I felt safe while I was cycling.

There were also back streets, old shops, famous stores, temples, and shrines...
While we road around, the guide explained everything to us and I learned more about Tokyo than I already knew. (There was a lot of historical scenery that is difficult to look up by yourself and ride around on a bike, so I'm very thankful to the guide)

The guide was kind to take pictures in various places, and make tea for us in the afternoon! I made some great memories.

Finally, since the tour was long, I ended up slowing down toward the end since I had very little strength left. For those of you who have great endurance, I think you will definitely love this tour and its various details!

(Translated from Japanese by Veltra.com)
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YUKI

I wanted to do something different in terms of Tokyo sightseeing so I found this tour and went with my children.

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en though it was the peak of summer heat, the bike ride was much more pleasant and cool than I thought it would be. I worried a little bit about riding on the road, but the instructor chose a safe route and told us all of the things we should be careful of. There was nothing that I thought was dangerous. We visited several great, little-known places and got the feeling of living in Tokyo. We chose this tour so that we could ride the water bus. When we arrived in Odaiba, the sun was setting and it was beautiful. The scenery from the water bus was fantastic.

Before then we went around so many places and when we were starting to feel tired, we could eat some "Shirokuma" ice cream, which tasted great and helped us to enjoy more cycling.
It actually feels nice to peddle with your own legs!
Thank you for taking pictures at all of the important spots! My kids really seemed to like Zojo-ji, Tokyo Tower and the scenery from the Rainbow Bridge.

It was great to be able to see parts of modern and historic Tokyo. We took the half day course but it passed by so quickly and if we get the chance, I'd like to try the full day course!

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K A M A

The bike tour was amazing! We really loved exploring the various parts of East Tokyo on our bikes. It's a great way to experi...ence Tokyo from a different point of view and to explore the nooks and crannies of the city that cannot be found on most tourist maps. The bikes were easy to handle and our guide Hiro made sure that our safety gear and seats were properly fitted before we began our adventure. The route was challenging but not too intimidating, which is saying a lot considering that both of us hadn't been on a bike in YEARS! Despite our inexperience, we were able to accomplish the tour with Hiro's help and guidance.

This tour might not be the best for beginners who have just recently learned how to ride a bike as the roads and crowds are sometimes challenging to navigate through and around. We kept quite a speedy pace, possibly because there were just two of us on our tour, but we managed to keep up and enjoyed the experience immensely.

We absolutely loved the picnic in the Imperial Palace Garden. Hiro went above and beyond with the food he prepared. It was delicious and filling and a welcome break before we set off on the final leg.

Hiro, though not fluent, speaks good English and demonstrates a great knowledge about all the places that we visited. He even prepared some visual aides to help us appreciate the history of Tokyo. And he also took pictures of us while we rode our bikes so we didn't have to worry about documenting our tour as we enjoyed the day.

Not sure if it is just because we had not ridden a bike in a while, but towards the end you will really start to feel the strain on your bum. A bit more padding, or seats specially designed for females might be nice.

Scheduling our tour on a weekend was great because there was less vehicular traffic on the roads, however, on Sundays, lots of places are closed and we missed out on some places on the tour itinerary. Other than that, we have no complaints.

Would highly recommend this tour!
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Rose

I went on this tour with my friend since we wanted to do something different on our day off! On the day of, we were the only peopl...e, so it felt like a private tour which was really lucky! The bikes were GIOS and we could choose from blue, white and pink, so we started off feeling great! They also had all of the necessary things prepared so it was really easy to participate without having to worry about clothes and what to bring.

Before we started, I was a little bit nervous about safety, but since we road mostly on roads with very little traffic and places specifically for bikes, I relaxed and had fun cycling.

We chose the "Stylish Asakusa, Nihonbashi, and Edo Course" so it was great to see various places in Tokyo like Ginza, Tsukiji, Nihonbashi, Asakusa, Ryogoku etc all in one day. During the tour, our guide listened to our complaints, let us drop in and out of certain places and took a lot of photos for us!

We rode from 9 AM to 4 PM so my butt hurt a little, but even I (who doesn't do exercise regularly) was able to pass the day without overdoing it! I didn't even have any muscle pain the next day!

As for the sightseeing, we are from Tokyo, living in the suburbs, and we didn't get a detailed explanation of the famous spots. So I felt a little dissatisfied with that.

I'm looking forward to the tour's improvement. Thank you!

(Translated from Japanese by Veltra.com)
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