TOKYO WEST-SIDE CYCLING & FOOD TOUR

Venture into offbeat parts of Tokyo missed by most visitors and explore the city like a local: on two wheels. This Tokyo bike tour takes you on a whirlwind cycling jaunt through the twisting backstreets, vibrant entertainment hubs and riverside bike paths away from the tourist crowds.

AT A GLANCE

  • Cycle the eclectic Tokyo neighbourhoods of Nakano, Koenji and Asagaya on a salvaged Japanese 'mamachari' bicycle.
     

  • Enjoy a 'salaryman' style lunch experience and a handful of street food eats from popular neighbourhood vendors.
     

  • Ride the twisting backstreets, riverside bike paths and bustling activity hubs away from the tourist crowds.
     

  • A small group or private bike tour ensures an intimate cycling experience.
     

  • Gain a new appreciation of life in the streets of Tokyo, Japanese cycling culture and an eye-opening introduction to the city's vibrant inner west-side.

THE EXPERIENCE

​Jump on board a salvaged 'mamachari' bicycle and join a like minded group of guests on an ALL INCLUSIVE cycling, walking and food jaunt on the inner west side of Tokyo.

Delve into the eclectic local neighbourhoods of Nakano, Koenji and Asagaya as we pedal to the rhythm of everyday life on this all-season, all-weather Tokyo cycling tour.

With the insider knowledge of a seasoned local guide, nothing's off limits as we discover the urban landscapes, offbeat attractions and enticing cuisine that gives these culturally rich enclaves their distinctive character.

Test your cycling dexterity as we ride the twisting backstreets, learn about the intricacies of neighbourhood life, enjoy a tailored selection of Japanese street food eats, experience first-hand Tokyo's unique cycling culture and jostle for counter space with hungry ‘salarymen’ as we refuel for lunch.

The possibilities are endless as we set off to ride a captivating side of Tokyo on our sometimes creaky, sometimes squeaky but always immaculately maintained ‘mamachari’ bikes.

THE LOW-DOWN

TOUR

PRICE

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Tokyo West-Side Cycling & Food Tour

Small group ride ¥6,500

Private ride from ¥5,500

9:30 AM morning ride

2:00 PM afternoon ride

On request

JR Koenji Station

6 min train ride from Shinjuku

16 min train ride from Shibuya

3.5 to 4 hours

The minimum age for the small group ride is 10. For families with younger children, please enquire about the private ride option

Min 1 - Max 7

A minimum of 2 guests is required for the small group ride to operate

This is an English speaking bike tour welcoming cyclists of all nationalities

A moderate level of fitness and cycling competency is recommended to fully enjoy this cycling jaunt

A typical 'salaryman' style lunch experience at a popular neighbourhood eatery

3 Japanese street food eats from longstanding neighbourhood vendors

Your choice of drink from one of Japan's 5+ million vending machines

Bicycle parking fees; experience parking your bike 'Tokyo style'

Cycling liability insurance; just in case!

None! This is an all inclusive bike ride

Checkout the   FAQ guide for further tour specifics and Tokyo cycling insights

THE NEIGHBOURHOODS

GUEST TESTIMONIALS

Cherry blossoms along the Zenpukuji River in spring

ZENPUKUJI RIVER

Shift down a gear or two and ride the meandering bike trails of the Zenpukiji River. Cycle past children at play in the lush parklands, photographers snapping away at local birdlife and musicians strumming their guitars on tree stumps, left as a reminder of the last typhoon. It’s easy to forget that you’re a brisk 20 minute ride from the busiest train station on the planet.

 

Local tip: Pull up a milkcrate  and drop a lure at Musashino Gardens Fishing Pond. Often the backdrop for the odd television drama, this ‘tsuriba’ is a real blast from the past. Grab a bite to eat from the innards of a ‘popcorn dispensing ninja’ and celebrate with a ‘Hoppy’ or two after a successful catch.

Security guard standing firm at Nakano Broadway

NAKANO

Park your bike and venture into the bustling alleyways of Nakano, one of Tokyo’s ‘most underrated neighbourhoods’. Nakano Broadway with its jumble of ‘otaku’ centric retailers is the primary drawcard for many but the real heart of Nakano lies in its cozy backstreets teeming with boisterous ‘izakaya’ and pocket-sized bars. Come nightfall, the ornate street-lamps and storefront lanterns transform Nakano’s paved alleys into a stunning adult playland.

Local Tip: If you’re looking to compliment your already impressive vinyl collection, don’t pass up the opportunity to drop by Flower Record Nakano. I’ll let you make the call if the owner’s an eccentric genius gifted with a ‘photographic memory’ or just a run-of-the-mill hoarder.

Cycling past BnA commissioned street art in Koenji, Tokyo

KOENJI

Cycle the sprawling 'shotengai' and back streets of Koenji. An infectious melting pot of subcultures, alternative music, vintage clothing stores and a thriving independent bar scene. Branded as the ‘birthplace of Japanese punk music’ and referenced in author Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, a stroll through the character filled streets of Koenji should be high on the list of any discerning traveller

 

Local tip: Say hello to Miho and the gang at Kosugi-yu, Koenji’s flourishing local bathhouse. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in suburban Tokyo life than getting your gear off with a bunch of local personalities and melting away into the soothing waters.

RONE street art in Asagaya, Tokyo

ASAGAYA

Get a whiff of nostalgia as we pedal Asagaya's quaint streets lined with live music bars, retro coffee shops and mom-and-pop ‘izakayas’. Celebrated as an artistic enclave for literature, jazz music and independent cinema, there’s no shortage of neighbourhood treasures to keep you enthralled.

 

Local tip: Kick-off an evening down Star Road, a former open air black market that’s now home to a lively eating and drinking scene. There aren’t too many ‘yokocho’ in Tokyo that can go head-to-head with Asagaya’s Star Road, if you're chasing that 'real' local night out on the town.

"Stop your Airbnb experience searching RIGHT NOW! Andy’s bike tour was one of the best parts of our short trip to Tokyo. Even though we had had a few smaller neighborhood excursions on our time, it didn’t compare to the knowledge and unique places Andy showed us. Not to mention he’s an amazing guy with a wonderfully outgoing personality. Be prepared for out of the way sights, eats and a bit of a thrill zooming around on narrow streets and back alleys. We even went back to some of the areas Andy showed us to dig in a bit deeper. We are so glad we took this trip!!!"

 

Rebecca & Alexander

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"Spending my last full day in Tokyo biking around Nakano / Koenji / Asagaya was an excellent decision. Andy has a bright and fun energy and was a thoughtful guide as he showed us his neighborhood. We ate some some of the best noodles and snacks that I had during my trip! This is great way to get out of the bustle of Shinjuku or Shibuya and see the way people simply live in Tokyo. Andy made sure to check in with our group to see how we were handling the bike ride, provided ample stops for pictures and enjoying the scenery--and did I mention the delicious food? Definitely a unique experience that I would repeat in a second."

Fiona

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"Andy was a terrific host. I had a blast biking through the streets learning about his neighborhood, Japanese culture and local cuisine. It was the perfect balance of biking, walking and resting/eating for the 3 hour trip. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to explore a different part of Tokyo through the eyes of a local. Thanks Andy for a fun time!"

Chase

BOOK NOW

Book your next Tokyo bike tour instantly via the secure booking calendar below. For large groups, families with young children and dates and times not displayed feel free to give me a shout directly via andy@digtokyotours or the Contact Page.

WORTH A MENTION

  • This is a ‘no-fuss’ cycling, walking and food experience with an emphasis on socialising, exploration and local discovery. There won’t be any major sightseeing or ‘fine dining’ stops on our route.
     

  • For the enjoyment of the group and your personal safety, you should be competent riding a bicycle in an urban environment through narrow and potentially crowded streets and on uneven surfaces for a distance of roughly 12 - 15 km (7.5 - 9.5 mi).
     

  • For the small-group rides, guests should be over 10 years of age and 140 cm in height (4'7) to comfortably ride the bikes. For families with younger children, please contact me for a family friendly cycling expedition. Children's bike seats and bikes can be provided for the younger adventurers.
     

  • All salvaged ‘mamachari’ bicycles are ‘Japanese-sized’ and come equipped with front baskets that have the capacity to hold a standard sized backpack.
     

  • It’s important to note that Japanese cuisine often contains meat and seafood elements, with ‘dashi’ being a common base ingredient. Please understand that we will be visiting typical neighbourhood eateries and that it can be difficult to cater to personal tastes, dietary requirements and food allergies. Feel free to tuck into as much or as little of the food as you wish. If the selection of eats on the day doesn’t quite satisfy your dietary requirements, just give the word and I’m more than happy to discount the food element on any bike or food tour.
     

  • Group size, environmental factors and the speed in which the group eats and cycles will all impact on the finishing time of our experience. As a rough guide, it’s a 3.5 to 4 hour outing.
     

  • Please appreciate that you have chosen an outdoor activity that may be impacted by the weather. If we encounter a rainy day, basic ponchos will be provided and our ride generally proceeds as planned.
     

  • By attending this experience you acknowledge the adventurous nature of the ride and that participation can involve a degree of personal risk. Cycling liability insurance is included for the cycling portion of our experience but you are expected to possess comprehensive travel insurance to protect yourself from unforeseen incidents.
     

  • Please refer to DIG's FAQ and T&C pages for further tour specifics or feel free to contact me directly.

TOUR LINE-UP

TOKYO WEST-SIDE  CYCLING  &  STREET  FOOD  TOURS  FOR  SMALL  GROUP,  PRIVATE  &  FAMILY  ADVENTURERS

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.

 

Andy   (Owner Operator)

EXPERIENCES

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.

Contact DIG Tokyo Tours

Company Address

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

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!

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