The branch of Kyoto Cycle Tour Project near Kinkakuji Temple is useful if you want to tour western Kyoto: Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Ninnaji but only if you want to do that tour in the morning at the shop closes at 1.30pm. Otherwise you have to drop off your bike at one of KCTP's other outlets (see below) before 7pm and pay an extra 800 yen for the pleasure.
The bike I hired was the standard class 1,000 yen a day bone-shaker and was far to small for a 6ft foreigner. Only 2 out of the 3 gears worked and the extra 800 yen drop off charge made the whole deal rather expensive.
Kyoto Cycle Tour Project has other outlets near Kyoto Station near the APA Hotel Ekimae and the Rihga Royal Hotel at Nishiki-kita (at the Hotel Co-op Inn) and Fushimi (at Urban Hotel). An alternative rental shop near Kyoto Station is Miyakoshiki Fuune, where visitors can rent battery-assisted bicycles.
Kyoto Cycle Tour Project
Gaido-cho 13-9, Kinugasa, Kita-ku Kyoto
Tel: 075 354 3636
Google map of KCTP Kyoto Station
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