• Andy.

Cycling the Backstreets of Tokyo with Alastair Humphreys

I had the absolute pleasure of bashing around the streets of Tokyo with Alistair Humphreys, English adventurer, author and fellow cyclist a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful little group that day as we navigated the twisting streets on our 'stock issued' mamachari bicycles and appreciated the intricacies of everyday Tokyo life on the back of our saddles.

Thanks for the mention Al, it's very humbling! You're a true gentleman and I hope we have the opportunity to cycle the streets of Tokyo again on a future adventure.

If you're interested in following Al's pursuits or getting stuck into one of his many excellent publishings, the below links offer a great introduction to what Alastair Humphreys is all about:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKsTMxQP7HUCRTuNEEQWLww

Instagram: @al_humphreys (All photos on this post are courtesy of Al's Instagram account.)

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Humphreys

If you're keen to experience a 'no-frills' side of Tokyo in the fashion Al did, on the back of a squeaky mamachari bike with some good food thrown in, then feel free to check out my Tokyo West-Side Cycling & Food Tour or give me a shout directly.

I look forward to seeing you on your next 'Microadventure',



DIG Tokyo Tours is a sole operated Tokyo bike tour, street food and walking experience provider, based in the offbeat Tokyo neighbourhoods of Nakano, Koenji and Asagaya.


Only a stone’s throw away from the major Tokyo sightseeing hubs of Shinjuku and Shibuya, DIG aspires to provide the discerning traveller with an honest local insight into the neighbourhoods and communities on the inner west-side of town.


Each of DIG’s immersive and socially responsible small-group, family and private offerings are unmistakably unique to any other tour operator in Tokyo. So jump on a bike or join me on foot for a whirlwind Tokyo cycling tour or colourful street food voyage through the vibrant backstreets away from the tourist crowds.


Learn more about DIG Tokyo Tours and Andy here.


Contact DIG Tokyo Tours

Company Address

3-9-10 Yamatocho, Nakano, 
Tokyo Japan, 165-0034

Departure Points

Bike Tours: Koenji Station, Tokyo City

6 minute JR train ride from Shinjuku Station.

16 minute JR train ride from Shibuya Station.

Food Tours: Nakano Station, Tokyo City

4 minute JR train ride from Shinjuku Station.

14 minute JR train ride from Shibuya Station.

DIG Tokyo Tours is taking all necessary precautions to keep its guests and local community members fit and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For any concerns regarding tour itineraries or specific health and safety measures feel free to get in touch. I hope to see you over this side of Tokyo soon, Andy!