Compared with 10 or certainly 15 or 20 years ago, Kyoto now has a number of bicycle hire shops located around the city.
Cycling in Kyoto has become a popular way for both foreign and domestic tourists to get around a city which is basically flat in its central area, with only a slight incline from north to south.
The advent of the electric power-assisted bicycle, a bicycle with a battery-powered motor, means visitors to Kyoto can save on the leg power and get around the ancient capital a bit more easily as well as head farther afield to such outlying areas as Arashiyama to the west and the temples of Higashiyama in the east.
Miyakoshiki Fuune is one outlet near to Kyoto Station, the APA Hotel Ekimae and the Rihga Royal Hotel where you can rent an electric-powered bicycle as well as normal bicycles for adults as well as children. The shop also has GPS navigation systems for bikes! A 10 hour, one-day rental of an electric bike is 1,800 yen a day (2,000 yen with a child seat). A normal bicycle is 1,000 to 1,200 yen a day depending on wheel size.
As with bicycles, we recommend the wearing of a helmet for the rider and any passenger and the use of gloves. If you fall off your hands will take a lot of the impact of a fall and gloves will help you to avoid some nasty cuts and scratches.
Electric-powered bicycles are classified as human-powered bicycles and not mopeds or motorcycles in Japan so no helmet is required by law but we strongly recommend you to wear one!
Tel: 075 371 7800
Hours: April-November 8.30am-7pm; December-March 9am-6pm
J-Cycle near Karasuma Station also has electric bikes for hire as do Kyoto Option.
Kyoto Cycling Tour Project is probably the largest bicycle rental operation in Kyoto with a number of outlets in the city.
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