This blog is about travelling through Japan on a foldable bicycle (Brompton) but also by train, ferry, plane, bus or any other transport, if sea, weather, mountains or the like come between me and my desire to ride.
I have tried to summarise information that could be potentially helpful also for other bicycle travellers through Japan, such as list of bicycle roads, helpful web pages etc. Once I start my ride, I will upload the actual routes taken, together with some pictures and description.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Very short ride to Tokyo station and back by Yamanote line

Today I left work quite early (shortly before 18:00) with the idea to get to my hairdresser in Shimokitazawa... but when confirming their opening hours, I discovered that they are closed on Tuesdays. So plan B, a bit of a cycling ride in the centre of Tokyo. It got surprisingly cold since tonight, so cycling was definitely a good idea... but... also the rain was approaching. But I set off nevertheless.

I reserved a cycle (the only one) at a Docomo cycling station close to Hamamatsucho, and got on it. Well ON is probably not the right directional indication. Actually I more got DOWN to it, so small was it. More like a children bike. 

Right when I started the ride the first drops of water started to fall. But only a few and I decided that I wasn't made of sugar, so did set off, with the general idea to go to Tokyo station and then once around the imperial palace. Well, I got to Ginza...

But right when I was waiting at a traffic light at Tokyo station for it to turn green the rain became more insistent so I initially took shelter under the arcades of a building, checked the appropriate rain app and saw that more rain was coming.

Luckily enough I was right in front of a docomo bike share station (which I even knew from previous experience). So I left the bike there, run over the street to JR station, took a Yamanote line back to Hamamatsucho and went through the underground passage to the closest exit to our temporary home. Here the rain wasn't so bad, so I got home pretty dry.

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