Cycling in Tokyo: 8 Recommended Courses

Cycling in Tokyo: 8 Recommended Courses
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  1. Imperial Palace Sprint: 3-kilometer loop, roads around the palace are closed to cars most Sundays. How to get there - Exit Tokyo Station on the west side and continue west until you arrive at the Imperial Palace.
  2. Kamakura Seaside Ride: ride through Kamakura and along Yuigahama Beach. How to get there - From JR Kamakura Station, head south for Yuigahama Beach or west for the Kamakura Daibutsu
  3. Arakawa Cycling Route: runs next to the Arakawa River. How to get there - Take the JR Line to Akabane Station and head north on Highway 122. When you arrive at the cycling road, turn left for Saitama or right for Tokyo Bay.
  4. Asakusa: cycling along one of the city’s waterfront promenades. How to get there - Start at Ryogoku Station and cross the river, travelling north until you reach Asakusa.
  5. Odaiba and Tokyo Bay islands: cycling past sundown with well-lit roads and pavements, enjoy city lights at night. How to get there - Start at Toyosu Station and head southwest along the waterfront until you reach the man-made island of Odaiba.
  6. Okutama Cycling Challenge: enjoy the stunning woodland area while getting a great workout as the surrounding roads provide challenging hill training. How to get there - Take the JR Line to Ome Station (about 1 hour from Shinjuku Station). Upon arrival, turn right onto Route 411 to cycle along the Tama River.
  7. Tama Lake: the woodland around the area inspired the setting for the famous Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro. How to get there - Take the Seibu Shinjuku Line from Ikebukuro Station to Seibu Kyujomae Station. Head south until you arrive at Lake Tama’s Murayamakami Dam.
  8. Showa Kinen Koen: 14km of cycle paths, playgrounds, a water park. How to get there - Located a 15-minute walk from Tachikawa Station

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