Tokyo bike tours: A TOUR, ASAKUSA, SKYTREE & OLD TOWN QUARTER

This tour takes you to the shitamachi and its surrounding areas including Asakusa and Yanaka, 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.

Our tour begins with a ride around the Shinobazu Pond and through Tokyo University campus. We ride through serene Yanaka Cemetery ground and across Ueno Park. We see Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents local people’s ordinary life styles and the shitamachi nostalgic flavor.

Ueno is a culture-rich district with its many museums, higher education institutions, and Ueno Park is a verdant oasis of locals.

Just before we ride across the Sumida River is Asakusa where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of yesteryear survives. We ride past Sensoji Temple and bustling streets lined with theaters, eateries and souvenir shops.

LUNCH BREAK You can sample local foods from food stands or relax in a cozy restaurant here.

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower.
(Please note that the tour does not include a visit to the observation deck of the tower.)

Before returning to Akihabara, we ride through Ryogoku where the sumo stadium and many sumo stables are located. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot some sumo wrestlers.

Cycling tours Tokyo: CUSTOMER REVIEWS

The Fringe Tour was awesome! And I would definitely do another tour with Y&Y. They were a sweet couple that showed us a bunch of little known sites in Tokyo and even though it rained it didn’t stop us :)smile They were fun, informative, helpful, patient, and accommodating. The Japanese Garden, city zoo, and aquarium were only a few of the great places we visited. For beginner bikers (like myself) the bikes might take some getting used to but the route is so safe you can take your time – I always felt comfortable. I would recommend this to all my friends and visitors to Tokyo to get away from the typical Tokyo sites and experience something off the beaten track. I can’t wait to do another tour!

(Kalai, Toronto, Canada)

 

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on my first Tokyo bike tour, but after participating in the Fringe Tour, I would definitely do it again! The bike route, pace and length were all accommodating for an infrequent bike rider like me. And, even though I have lived in Japan for seven years, it was fun to see a whole other side of Tokyo that I have never seen before. Yasushi and Yoko, our guides, were wonderful! I felt well taken care of during the entire ride. Also, the tour offered me a wonderful chance to make several new friends from Japan and Canada. I would so recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience something fun and different in Japan.

(Susan, Seattle, US)

 

I’m from neighbor city, Yokohama and joined the tour with my friend. However, it turned out I could see the side of Tokyo I’ve never seen before! 6hours bicycle tour sounded long first, but roads were well chosen and I had fun the whole time. Also we made several stops with fun things to see. Personally, I had fun biking riverside and visiting Japanese garden where we fed Koi. I definitely recommend the tour not only to tourists but locals also.

(Hiroko, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I joined the tour from Tsukuba. On joining this tour, I expected three things. Discovering something new about Tokyo, brushing up my rusty English and slimming down in my waist size. I really enjoyed walking around the Japanese garden, feeding Koi and watching cute animals. I especially like the river side cycling road with excellent view. It was also wonderful that I met some new friends from overseas. I had a really great time with Y&Y. Thank you and I definitely will join other tours!

(Tatsuya, Tsukuba, Japan)

 

I have been visiting Tokyo for over 10 years. A Japanese friend of mine, who was born and raised in Tokyo, asked me to going on a bike tour exploring Tokyo. The city has many areas specifically designed just for cycling and with my schedule, I rarely get a chance to enjoy the recreational areas that Tokyo offers.  So, I said, Yes. At the start of the tour, we were met by Yasushi and Yoko, owners and operators, of Y & Y Cycling. As I found out, to my surprise, both had studied English for three years abroad, so communicating in the English was simply not an issue. Moreover, both have done their homework, along the tour at several stops, such as the zoo and aquarium, they explain exhibits and augment explanations with informative pictures and maps. The cyclist need not worry about lunch, water, or entrance to sites. Additionally, sites of interest are pre-planned and well thought-out.  Just bring your camera and energy for a fantastic day of cycling. I recommend this tour not just for visitors, but also locals, my friend remarked, Although she had lived in Tokyo for many years, she discovered a few secret view spots and cool places that she had not known.

(Mofiz, San Francisco, California and Yokohama, Japan)

 

The first thing I would like to say is awesome! I am not a kind of person who is into outdoor activities, but I do enjoy exploring local stuff; things that typical guidebooks do not pick up. If you are looking for something not too touristy and something new, you should definitely try this tour. It is like wandering around the area with your good friends who live there. That makes you feel like you know the real Tokyo. I did find a lot of new things even I have lived in just half- an- hour from the area (Kasai and Urayasu) all my life. Parks we visited are not the major, famous ones, but they are beautiful and there were many local people, which made me feel like I was one of them. It was kind of cool. Bike ride was not a problem at all even though I am not that athletic. Biking along the river was great! And, our guides, Yasushi and Yoko, took a really good care of us. They answered all of my trivial questions that popped up in my mind (I didn’t mean to challenge them.) This is a definite advantage of having a guide who actually lives in the area where you are touring. The coffee break at the end of the tour was so exclusive and so special. I would definitely take my friends on one of these tours if they come visit me from somewhere out of Tokyo area. Yes! I even want to take my Japanese friends living in Kyoto on this tour. Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Cheers!

(Michiko, Funabashi, Japan)

 

TOKYO FRINGE tour” was pleasant cycling for me. I could see many animals and plants around Tokyo Bay and also the guides were very kind. I visited Gyousen Park, zoo, Kasai Sea Life Park and Tokyo Disney Resort. Especially, the lunch I had under the clear sky at Kasai Seaside Park tasted delicious. 🙂 In the afternoon, I saw the sunset at Tokyo Bay. The view was so nice that I took many pictures with my reflex camera. Thank you for giving a wonderful day to me. If I have another chance, I would like to join their tours again.

(Masami, Yokohama, Japan)

 

I had a great time with Y&Y cycling tours! I can’t believe I had so many exciting discoveries in the Shitamachi area in just one day! It’s difficult to choose, but I have three things that I really like about the tour. First, our guides Yasushi and Yoko took us not only to just some sightseeing spots but they gave us the history behind them, which makes the tour more meaningful! Next, we could take a very unique picture of skytree! If you just visited there by yourself you would never find it! You can go to areas that only locals know or even ones they don’t know! I felt so lucky to find this tour!!! And, lastly and my most favorite part of the tour, the people in Shitamachi. They are true Tokyoites, friendly and cheerful, very talkative (and loud but) you can’t help loving them. The Shitamachi Mom at the leather museum is awesome! You’ll feel so much energy. In addition, you can get nice leather goods there. I’m so thrilled to take another tour with them! Thanks, Yasushi and Yoko!

(Akiko, Ichikawa, Japan)

 

It was a very enjoyable tour! Unlike other guided tours, the group was small and the course was very unique. Yasushi and Yoko are fun, friendly, informative, and helpful guide. Although I hadn’t ridden a bike for a long time, I had no trouble catching up. The bike was easy to ride and I could borrow a helmet. I have visited Shitamachi area many times before, but there were many new discoveries. I really enjoyed feeding koi inside the Japanese garden. Riding beside Sumida River was also nice. I would recommend this guided tour to those who is traveling Japan for the first time as well as those who have already visited Japan many times.

(Yuki, Kawasaki, Japan)

 

I joined Odaiba Tour mid-November. Though I am from Tokyo, I could see things that I’ve never seen before. It was full of excitement and new discovery thanks to the kind and informative guides. The route is well-considered so it is easy to follow the guide by bike and you will come across something fun every few minutes, sometimes it’s a great scenery from the bridge, and sometimes it’s tasty local snacks at a lively market. I think it’s ideal for those who want to collect interesting pieces of Tokyo by your own pace.

(Akiko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

It was a lovely beautiful day! I didn’t expect I could feel such a crisp fresh sea breeze in Tokyo. We rode along ODAIBA beach(so cool!) and had a soft served icecreme on the beach terrace. The friendly guides took us to the Tukiji fish market(they know the maze there). I usually drive, not ride a bike, but just hopping on the bike and riding for 5 minutes reminded me of how to. If you are tired of temples and shrines packed with people, please refresh yourself for a change by this tour. I recommend this tour even to Japanese. You will find another side of Tokyo and definitely have a wonderful day!

(Naoko, Tokyo, Japan)

 

I joined the Odaiba tour last month with my husband and really enjoyed it. The weather was lovely and I could feel a gentle breeze in Tokyo. The biggest reason why I chose the Odaiba tour was that I wanted to try Rainbow Bridge walk. I’ m from Tokyo and familiar with all places that are included the Odaiba tour; however, I’ve never tried to go there by bicycle. (It was fun to cycle beside business people in a city.) I often see the Rainbow Bridge from a faraway place, so I was excited to walk on the bridge on my foot. Also, I really enjoyed the snacks that our tour guides introduced us such as Yakitori, soft ice cream and Temakizushi. They gave us great hospitality,too!! I recommend this tour to everyone even Japanese. You can easily see a lot of interesting places in Tokyo by this cycling tour in a day. Thank you very much !!!!!!

(Mami, Tokyo, Japan )

Jakarta island hotels branch: 10 fun things to do in Galveston, Texas with kids

Go to the beach

 

With 32 miles of beaches, Galveston Island is an outstanding family beach destination. Each of Galveston’s seven beach parks has a different personality. Whether you want a festive beach with lots of services and amenities or an uncrowded natural beach, Galveston has it.

Seawall Urban Park is home to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (see below) and the longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S., which makes it great for biking, running or walking. Stewart Beach was named one of the 10 Best Beaches for Families by Family Vacation Critic in 2013.

 

Have an adventure

 

That baby I took to Galveston is now fifteen years old! On our next trip, he is sure to have his eye on some of the adventurous activities

on Galveston beaches. Parasailing, jet boating, wave running, paddle boarding, surfing and flyboarding are a few of the fun rentals, lessons and tours we can try.

 

Galveston Island State Park

 

Galveston Island State Park was named one of the top 5 “Best Gulf Coast Beaches” by Travel Channel in 2013. It’s your best option if you enjoy a more natural, and perhaps less crowded beach experience. Hiking, biking, fishing, paddling and camping are popular here. Birdwatchers flock (pun intended) to Galveston for its outstanding bird watching opportunities.

Check the website or ask when you arrive about ranger programs, which include nature talks, star parties, paddle tours and art programs. Galveston Island State Park has a nature center where you can learn more about the park’s unique ecology. Kids can participate in a Junior Ranger program!

 

Moody Gardens

 

Moody Gardens is an aquarium, museum, theater and water park and adventure park in one! BONUS: it’s educational! All exhibits have an emphasis on education and conservation.

Buy a 1- or 2-day pass that gets you unlimited access to nine fun activities or purchase activities a la carte. My kids will love the zip line, ropes course and water park (open seasonally). The aquarium, rainforest and museum will be great low key activities for the whole family.

The aquarium will be closed from late August through November 2016 for renovations. Look for a new and improved aquarium with new exhibits and surprises (like penguins!) soon.

 

Pleasure Pier

 

Pleasure Pier is a classic seaside amusement park, complete with roller coaster, ferris wheel, carousel and other fun attractions. Try your skill at one of the Midway games or sample your favorite amusement park foods.

 

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

 

Schlitterbahn has earned its reputation for being one of the most exciting water parks anywhere, and you’ll find it in Galveston. Water slides, pools and play zones have been designed for all ages and interests. Whether your family loves big thrills or a lazy day by the pool, Schlitterbahn has it

 

Take a tour

 

Galveston has a long list of fun tours on land and sea for families. On land, check out an art tour, ghost tour, bike tour or an Amazing Race-style tour. On sea, choose from a dolphin tour, fishing tour, kayak tour, paddle wheel tour and others. If you can’t choose, get both land and sea on a Duck Tour!

 

Visit a museum

 

Galveston has great museums to fit a variety of interests. Here are a few of the top rated museums for families in Galveston.

Tall Ship ELISSA is a restored, three-masted ship that still sails! It is part of the Texas Seaport Museum, a short walk from the cruise dock and Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. It’s is a good place to learn about local maritime history and get a first-hand experience on a beautiful ship.

 

Lone Star Flight Museum is a top rated museum that houses an award winning collection of vintage airplanes. Depending on your interest in historic planes dating back to the 1930’s, you could spend an hour or all day. If you REALLY love planes, consider booking a ride in one of the planes. Airplane rides are available for teens and adults for an additional cost.

 

Galveston Railroad Museum and Terminal is a must for train lovers. It houses full-size engines and cars, an elaborate model train, plus related historical exhibits. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum looks especially interesting! Offshore oil is a huge local industry, and there aren’t many other places where you can explore a real oil rig. Ocean Star is a retired rig, within walking distance of shore via pedestrian bridge. Tours are self-guided, with lots of family-friendly exhibits.

 

Galveston Children’s Museum is a slam dunk for families with preschool and elementary age kids. It is loaded with hands-on science and art activities in an air-conditioned building near the Strand historic district.

 

Bishop’s Palace

 

Bishop’s Palace is a beautifully preserved Victorian mansion, and one of the most popular activities in Galveston. The American Institute of Architects has named it one of the 100 Most Important Buildings in America. Both guided and self-guided tours are available, so you can spend as much or as little time here as you would like.

Bishop’s Palace is not the only historic mansion tour in Galveston. It is one of eight historic buildings open for tours.

 

Explore Downtown and the Strand

 

The Strand is the historic section of Galveston that survived the 1901 hurricane that destroyed much of the city. Today it is a family-friendly shopping district full of local shopping and dining. It’s a great place to get an ice cream cone and soak up the spirit of Galveston!

Get your Galveston Island Pass

 

If you’re exploring multiple attractions, get your Galveston Island Pass and save up to 40% off retail price when select four or more venues. For a list of attractions.

Singapore opening: Galveston Island

Beaches, historic buildings, million dollar mansions, fairground rides and delicious seafood can all be enjoyed on a day out on Galveston Island, Texas.

 

Galveston’s Strand Historic District, centred around the five blocks between 20th and 25th street near the wharf, is a wonderful reflection of the architectural styles popular in the mid- to late 1800s when the city hit its zenith. You can stroll under the high canopies of many shop fronts with their wrought iron balconies perusing the antiques, gifts, T-shirts and all manner of other goods, or take some refreshment in one of the cafes along the way.

 

We ventured into La King’s Confectionery shop where glass cabinets filled with chocolates of all shapes and sizes and multi-coloured candies flank a long seating area. Here you can indulge in a soda, milkshake or float made in a 1920s soda fountain, which is served from behind a marble counter on the other side of the shop.

 

In the Red Dirt Shirts company we learned how the idea for these unusual terracotta-coloured T-shirts came about when Hurricane Ike hit Hawaii in 1992, turning the proprietor’s stock of white T-shirts the colour of the red earth churned up by the storm. The owner saw an opportunity for a unique dying process and today sells his Red Dirt Shirts in Arizona, Utah and Hawaii as well as Texas.

 

Galveston’s history is also reflected in the many Victorian houses on the Island, a number of which are open to the public. We visited the Moody Mansion built in 1895 by the British architect William Tyndall for local socialite Narcissa Willis. After her death, the house was sold to W.L.Moody, a wealthy businessman who moved in with his wife and four children. The Moody family lived there until 1986 when it was turned into an historic museum. Some of the rooms are absolutely delightful and a guided tour of the house gives an interesting insight into the life of this Victorian Texas family.

 

Another historical house worth a look is the Bishop’s Palace, a mansion built in 1893 for the lawyer and politician Walter Gresham and his family. This house was purchased in 1923 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston and became the residence of Bishop Christopher Byrne until 1963. Both houses survived the hurricane of 1900, reputedly the deadliest in US history, which killed more than 10,000 people.

 

If historical buildings do not interest you, there are plenty of other activities to do in Galveston, such as spending a few hours on one of the Island’s beaches to the south, or enjoying a drink in one of the many bars and restaurants along Seawall Boulevard. There is a pleasure pier near the main beach area with fairground rides, amusements and eateries.

 

We elected to go on a short harbour tour with an amusing commentary from the boat captain, during which we saw two or three dolphins surfacing near the boat, probably out of curiosity which was an added bonus.

 

The Railroad Museum is great for train enthusiasts, with its many late 19th and early 20th century rail cars (some of which you can step inside) and the lovely Santa Fe Union station building with its white, plaster figures of people sitting or standing awaiting the arrival of their train.

 

Other places to visit on Galveston Island, depending on your interests, include Seawolf Park with its World War II submarine and destroyer, the restored 1877 tall ship Elissa, which you can climb aboard and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig, which is now a museum.

 

We finished our day with a delicious seafood dinner at Olympia Grill on Pier 21, the waterfront dining and entertainment area near Galveston’s historic harbour.