Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour with TUJ students

We Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour had great bike tours with lovely students of Temple university Japan campus.

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Located at Sangenjaya, Tokyo, this university accepts students from various countries. The bike tours organized as one of university’s activities.

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On the day of tours, about 15 students including staff really enjoyed cycling under the sunny spring sky.

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We visited some Japanese traditional site such as temples, shrines, but what we really enjoyed was wonderful Sakura, cherry blossoms which fully bloomed.

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Sakura usually blooms about only 2 weeks from the end of Mar. to the beginning of Apr., so that it must has been the perfect time to see Sakura for us.

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Blooming Sakura is going to finish now, but spring is the best time to cycle on backstreets in Tokyo.

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Why don’t you join our tour?

Walking tour on backstreets of Asakusa

We Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour had a walking tour at Asakusa, Tokyo, with 5 participants from the Temple university Japan campus.

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They are from various countries and study in Japan, and we organized a private tour for them as one of the activities of students.

We started walking through the central Asakusa, then eventually went into inside of the town.

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It was so chilly day, but it gradually became to be warmer.

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Some of them bought amulets and drew a fortune telling.

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When we visited the Usijima shrine (牛嶋神社), we saw a group of police station nearby. They prayed the safety of their mission through 2021 not only for policemen but also police vehicles.

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We hope they enjoyed our walking tour, and have a happy new year 2021.

Autumn leaves in Ashikaga

We Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour have a tour in Ashikaga, about 2 hours by train from the central Tokyo. We use rent-a-bike there.

Now, you can enjoy a lot of autumn leaves with wonderful red and yellow colours at a few places inside the town.

It must be ideal place to see the leaves by day trip from Tokyo.

You can also taste some local foods of Ashikaga.

Okonomiyaki in Innoshima island

You may know “Okonomiyaki” , a kind of pancakes, contains various ingredients such as meat, fish, vegetables. You can eat it at almost all areas in Japan, but this is something special. Enjoy the video!

A guided tour with Bromptons by a local guide

We found a good guided bike tour in Ehime, Shikoku island.

Located near the Shimanamikaido, one of the most popular cycle ways in Japan, they organize some unique tours with Bromptons.

Miwa, a local guide, will show you hidden gems which you never find on websites or guidebook.

When you visit there, we highly recommend their tours, Go! Go! Brompton.

Ramen tour

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If you are a ramen lover, joining a guided tour might be a good option. Brian, an American guy living in Tokyo, has organized ramen tours for a long time and has a good reputation.
After I met him in Shinjuku, I visited a ramen restaurant which he recommended. “Nagi” serves fine ramen with niboshi, a kind of dried sardine. It was fantastic!

Standard Niboshi Ramen

Please visit his site and Youtube.

If you wish to cycle in the west Tokyo……

We Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour have bike tours in the north part of Tokyo, including Asakusa, Yanaka, but if you wish to see rather the west, you can join the DIG TOKYO TOURS. This tour is operated by Andy, Australian guy. He has been in Japan so long time so that he knows the backstreets of this area as well as streetfoods.
His base is located near the Koenji railway station, where young people love to live because there are a lot of lovely second-hand clothes shops, Izakaya bars, restaurants and so on.

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I had a hamburger stake for lunch after I visited Andy in Koenji. It cost only 680 JPY, less than 7 USD!


This area is sometimes called “City of rock music”, because there are a few live houses. If you dream to be a Japanese rock star, it might be ideal place to live!

Visiting old towns; Yanaka, Nezu, Ueno and Kanda

●Summery

This Tokyo Backstreets Bike Tour is to cycle another route in old Tokyo.

This tour is our main bike tour including not only popular touristic places but also local backstreests where tourists rarely visit.

Departing our tour base, we cycle to Yanaka Ginza shopping mall after cycling through the Yanaka cemetery. This mall is one of the oldest malls in Tokyo, where you can find fine Japanese streetfoods.

We continue cycling to Nezu area where has a lot of narrow backstreets. We visit the Nezu shrine, then have a break at a cafe.

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Backstreets in Nezu

Next, we go down to more center of Tokyo and visit the Kanda shrine. This shrine is so famous for its wonderful annual festival.

Then, we cycle around the Shinobazu pond and inside the Ueno park. You can see plenty of natures even in the central Tokyo.

Finally, we pedal for 15 minutes to back to our base.

●Place to visit

・Yanaka Ginza shopping mall(谷中ぎんざ)

Yanaka is known as one of the old-town district. Shopping mall in Yanaka is a  low-key commercial area where a lot of local people live, and old shops and buildings gather.

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Yanaka Ginza shopping mall

・Nezu(根津)

Next to Yanaka Ginza, Nezu is also one of the old fashioned town in Tokyo. You can find a few authentic Japanese style houses which are difficult to see nowadays. We visit the Nezu shrine which has over 300 years history. In Nezu, there are many good cafes. We have a break at one of them.

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Nezu shrine

・Kanda shrine(神田明神)

Located in the central Tokyo, the Kanda shrine is one of the most famous shrines. During Edo era, the Shogun (General) Tokugwa respected, it because he worshiped it and he beaten the enemy. Afterthat, he organized a big festival annually in this shrine, which is still lasting now.  

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Kanda Myojin shirne

・Shinobazu pond(不忍池)

A huge pond with 2km around, it is a popular place for walkers and joggers. Although it is located in the Central Tokyo, you can find a lot of rich ecosystems such as wild birds, lotus leaves.

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Shinobazu pond

・Ueno park(上野公園)

Ueno park has very wide area which has many cultural facilities, such as art and science museums, concert halls. The Ueno zoo inside this park is also popular which has about 350 species. In spring time, you can enjoy a lot of Sakura, cherry blossoms (usually bloomed from the end of March to the beginning of April).

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Ueno park

●Price – 7,000JPY

●Duration – Approx. 4 hours.

●Inclusions – bike rental, 1 bottle of water and 1 sweet at a cafe.

●Exclusions – transportation to/form the meeting point. Additional orders food and drinks.