A TOUR : Ueno, Nezu, Yanaka & Asakusa

This tour takes you to the shitamachi and its surrounding areas including Ueno, Yanaka and Asakusa, where you can still feel an old town ambience. Riding through residential areas and local shopping streets, you will get a glimpse of Tokyoites’ daily lives. Tour starts and ends in Akihabara.

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Tour Dates

Mostly on Wednesdays and Sundays, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Ride Distance

20km (12.5 miles)

Price per person

8,000yen (7,000yen if paid 3 days in advance by credit card)

What’s Included
  • rental bicycle (details of our bikes)
  • rental helmet
  • a friendly English-speaking guide to ride with you
  • a bottle of mineral water
  • local refreshments/snacks
Highlights
  • Ueno Park – Japan’s oldest public park and an oasis for locals and visitors
  • Tokyo University campus
  • Yanaka and Nezu – nostalgic residential neighborhood
  • Kappabashi – kitchenware district
  • Asakusa (lunch break )
  • Sumo Museum (Wednesday tours) or Tokyo Memorial Hall of Reconstruction (Sunday tours)
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[1]  After bike fitting and briefing, we start riding from our garage in Akihabara towards Ueno Park and ride around the Shinobazu Pond there. Then we head to Tokyo University and ride on a beautiful avenue of ginkgo trees.

[2] We ride on narrow back streets in Nezu and Yanaka, quiet residential neighborhood filled with nostalgic atmosphere.  We stop by Nezu-jinja Shrine which is said to date back 1900 years. In Yanaka we park our bike and stroll around Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents local people’s ordinary life styles.

[3]  We ride through Ueno Park and make a brief stop in Kappabashi kitchenware district. Enjoy walking on blocks lined with a variety of cooking, kitchen and restaurant supply stores. Then we cycle to Asakusa, an old-fashioned district of Tokyo. After a lunch break (lunch is not included in the tour price), we walk around famous Sensoji Temple and bustling streets lined with theaters, eateries and souvenir shops.

[4]  We leave Asakusa by bike and cross the Azumabashi Bridge over the Sumida River.  Enjoy great views of the Asahi Beer building, the Tokyo Skytree© and the Sumida River from the bridge. Then we ride around the  Tokyo Skytree© and in a quiet local park. Ryogoku is a Sumo wrestling district where the National Sumo Stadium and several sumo stables are clustered.  We visit either Sumo Museum (Wednesday tours) or Tokyo Memorial Hall of Reconstruction (Sunday tours), and head back to our garage in Akihabara.

Total Ride Distance: 20km (12.5miles)

Watch our ride on Relive

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We meet at our office/garage in Akihabara. It is only a 3-minute walk from JR Akihabara train station. We will give you detailed directions after you book a tour. You can access Akihabara easily by JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, or Sobu Line. Akihabara is a world-famous district in central Tokyo with hundreds of electric and anime-goods shops – it is a good place to spend time after the tour finishes.

We have recently come to note that some potential guests visit our office/garage to have a look at it. Sorry! It is not a shop which is open during day time. Most of the time its shutters are closed, so you cannot see inside. Here is a picture of our garage/office.

Directions to Our Office/Garage

Take the JR Line (Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, or Sobu Line) and get off at Akihabara. Follow directions for Central Gate (中央口).

Exit the station via the Central Gate. After going through a ticket gate, turn LEFT and exit the station building.

Once outside the building, turn RIGHT and cross the street towards Yodobashi-Akiba building. After crossing the street, turn LEFT (facing Yodobashi-Akiba building) and continue for about 120 meters.

At the first corner after an intersection with traffic lights, make a RIGHT turn onto a small street. On the corner, there is a construction site surrounded by white walls.

Turn LEFT at the first corner. There is a Japanese restaurant on the corner. Our office is about 60 meters ahead on your right-hand side. It is located on the first (ground) floor of a 12-storied red brick color apartment building. The closest land mark is the AKIHBARA BAY HOTEL which is located in the next building to ours.