How to Buy a Bicycle in Japan
Buying a bicycle in Japan is a very different experience from buying one in other countries. There are many things to consider before you buy and it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know the language or culture.
This article will help you navigate the process of buying a bicycle in Japan, and hopefully make the whole thing easier.
How much does it cost to buy a bike in Japan?
Buying your bicycle You can buy one at a store, online or second hand. It can vary in price from 6,000 yen to 60,000 yen. People tend to look after their bikes well in Japan so the second-hand options can be a good, reasonably priced choice.
Do you need license for bicycle in Japan?
In Japan you will need a valid international driver’s permit or a Japanese driver’s license in order to hit the road. Just having a current license from your own country does not make it possible for you to legally get behind the wheel.
How do I get a bike in Tokyo?
If you buy a bike online, you’ll need to complete the form at your local police station and bring a receipt of purchase. In both cases, you’ll need to present a valid ID and/or Residence Card. Pay a ¥500 fee and you’ll receive a small sticker with a unique number to place on your bike frame.
How do I buy a second hand bike in Japan?
The bicycle itself. ID card of old owner (driver’s license, zairyu card, etc.). Old owner’s registration card (防犯登録, bouhan touroku kaado).
How much is a cheap bike in Japan?
really depends what you want but as mention a basic bike runs around 7500 yen but for something decent your looking around 12000 yen. Of course the prices get 50000 or more very quickly if you want something fancy. Some store and areas are much more then others as well.
Do you need bicycle insurance in Japan?
From April 2020, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government requires all bicycle riders (including children) to enroll in Bicycle Liability Insurance. This insurance will help you to pay for any damage or injury to others in case you cause an accident while you are riding a bicycle.
Is it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Japan?
Ride on designated paths Unless there are signs indicating it’s okay to ride on sidewalks, you shouldn’t do so. In general, stick to the road. However, depending on traffic conditions, it may be fine to ride on sidewalks.
Where can I register my bicycle in Japan?
Registration for a New Bike The registration process is called 自転車 防犯登録 (jitensha bouhan touroku) in Japanese and usually costs around 500 yen. It can be done at the place where you purchased your bicycle.
Can you ride bike on highway in Japan?
Bicycles in Japan are categorized as small vehicles, which means you need to follow all traffic laws when you’re on a bike. That means you should also be riding your bike on the road with vehicles.
How much does a bike cost in Tokyo?
Bikes start from 60,000 yen, and you can customize the bike (at an extra cost.
Is Tokyo good for cycling?
Tokyo is a wonderful city for cycling, but just beyond the concrete jungle there are mountains, parks and lakes just waiting to take your breath away. If you love that freeing sensation of cycling through traffic-free lanes surrounded by nature, we’ve got the perfect excursions for you to access on two wheels.
How do you get rid of a bicycle in Japan?
To dispose of oversize trash, such as furniture or bicycles, contact the municipal’s Oversize Waste Reception Center to arrange a special pickup service for a fee.