How to use rental cycle
To go around large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka and the historical ancient cities such as "Kyoto" and "Nara" for sightseeing in Japan, rent-a-cycle is recommended. Bicycles can make quick turns and allow you to move freely in narrow roads and back streets.
When renting a bicycle, generally you go to the bicycle shop on that day and you can rent it if there is a lendable bicycle. However, because some shops take reservations, it is better to check and make a reservation on the website in advance. Presentation of identity card is required as part of the procedure at rental cycle shops. Please be sure to bring your passport, because you may be asked for a certificate with a face photo. Some shops allow only cash or require deposit. Also, before using, do not forget to check the usage fee, return method, and how to deal with bicycle damage and accident occurrence. In addition, the price of an ordinary bicycle rental fee is around 1,000 yen a day.
Also in recent years in urban areas of Japan, sharing services for bicycles are attracting attention. This service allows you to rent a bicycle at ports scattered throughout the town and return it at the nearest port of the destination. The biggest feature of this service is that you can return the bicycle in a different place from where you rent it. “DoCoMo Bike Share” service provides "registration, reservation, payment, use, return" by smartphone. Before using, enter necessary items on the application form within "DoCoMo Bike Share" to register. After that, you can rent a bicycle by holding the smartphone to the IC reading part of the bicycle at the port, 150 yen for 30 minutes, and 100 yen every 30 minutes thereafter will be automatically withdrawn. For travelers, "1 day pass" is also convenient, as you can get on a ride until 23:59 on the day you rent a bicycle. For details, please check the "DoCoMo Bike Share" website. In the case of Tokyo there are independent websites depending on areas such as Chiyoda-ku and Chuo-ku, but you can use this service regardless of which website you use for registration.
In Japan, the bicycle is treated as a light vehicle and runs on the left side of the roadway like motorcars. As a general rule, riding on the sidewalk is prohibited. However, exceptionally, when there are road signs that allow cycling on the sidewalk, concerning people under the age of 13 and over 70 years, in unavoidable circumstances they are allowed to ride the bicycle on sidewalks. The operations of the rules are flexible. Because of such circumstances, when Japanese people hear a bicycle bell sound while walking, they try to avoid the bicycle. Although excessive ringing it is not allowed, which is the same as a car horn, when passing by pedestrians or overtaking them, you can ring the bell lightly and call attention.