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Cycling in Tokyo’s Tama Area

Travel

ReleaseDecember 13, 2021

Accessible from central Tokyo on a little side trip, the Tama area is a place where you can enjoy different aspects of Tokyo, including quiet residential areas and spacious parks as well as the wilderness of mountains and valleys. Rent a bicycle at the station area and you can easily enjoy the scenery around town.

writerAyumi

I am Ayumi from Chiba Prefecture. I love sweets. I majored in Japanese history in my university. I have visited many historic sites from the ancient days to the modern days on my trips. I have visited about 100 castles of various sizes. I am also obsessed with visiting “anime pilgrimage sites,” the locations featured in popular anime and manga.


1. Pleasant and easy half-day course @Chofu

This course takes about three hours on flat terrain, so you can get around easily!


【START】20 min. from Shinjuku Station

Chofu Station (Keio)

Coggey, Trie Keio Chofu branch


Coggey, Trie Keio Chofu branch
Coggey, Trie Keio Chofu branch
Rent a bicycle! Various types are available, from road or mountain bikes to city bikes.

Hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed: Open 365 days
Fees: 1,000 yen for half a day (4 hours), 2,000 yen for 1 day. *Cash only. * ID required for rental.
Address: 1F, Torie Keio Chofu Building C, 2-61-1, Kojima-cho, Chofu City, Tokyo
https://coggey.com/rental-cycle/chofu

Jindaiji Temple


Jindaiji Temple
Visit this historical temple founded in 733. The temple enshrines the oldest Shaka Nyorai statue in eastern Japan, which was designated as a national treasure. There are many restaurants serving Jindaiji specialty soba noodles nearby, making it a perfect place for lunch.
Bicycle parking is located in the Jindai Botanical Garden next to the temple.

Hours: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Open 365 days
Address: 5-15-1 Jindaiji-motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo
https://www.jindaiji.or.jp/

Jindai Botanical Gardens


Jindai Botanical Gardens
Enjoy seasonal plants and flowers in this spacious garden. It is famed for its rose garden, where the best time for rose blossoms comes twice a year, spring to early summer and autumn.

Hours: 9:30-17:00 (admission until 16:00)
Closed: Closed on Mondays (Open on national/substitute holiday Mondays and closed the following day), Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
Entrance fee: 500 yen for adults
Address: 2- and 5-chome Jindaiji-motomachi, 1- and 2-chome Jindaiji-kitamachi, 4- and 5-chome Jindaiji-minamimachi, Chofu City, Tokyo
https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/jindai/

park


Chofu cafe park
Chofu cafe park
Chofu cafe park
Chofu cafe park
A select shop/cafe selling simple and functional household goods. Get some hand-made donuts and coffee and enjoy them in the garden.
Hours: 12:00-16:00
Closed: No fixed holiday
Address: 1-2-1 Jindaiji-kitamachi, Chofu City, Tokyo
https://thisispark.jp/

Coggey, Trie Keio Chofu branch

(Return the bicycle)


2. A full-day course where you can be soothed by nature and animals @Inagi, Machida, and Tama cities

This course features the harmony between the quiet residential area and nature. The middle of the course was used for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cycling event!



【START】40 min. from Shinjuku Station

Inagi-naganuma Station (JR)

Inagi Information Center Pear Terrace


Inagi Information Center Pear Terrace Gundam and Char’s Zaku Inagi City’s tourist information center, with a cafe and souvenir shop. You can use the bicycle-sharing service here.
Gundam and Char’s Zaku statues stand guard in front of the facility, at about 3.6 meters tall!

Inagi Kunio Okawara Scope Dog Inagi Kunio Okawara Yatter-Wan These statues were completed in 2016, as part of the “Mechanic Designer Kunio Okawara Project” promoted by Inagi City. Kunio Okawara, the mechanical designer for Mobile Suit Gundam, is from Inagi, and the project aims to promote community revitalization for the city.

You can also see a life-size statue of “Scope Dog” from the anime series “Armored Trooper Votoms” in front of the center. Minami-Tama Station (JR) features a statue of the dog-shaped robot “Yatter-Wan” from the “Yatterman” anime series. Here and there you can also see manhole covers with designs by Kunio Okawara across the city.
If you are a robot anime series fan, look Mr. Okawara’s work on your cycling tour.


Share Cycle HELLO CYCLING


共享自行車HELLO CYCLING
共享自行車HELLO CYCLING
A bicycle-sharing service available all over Japan. Register as a free member through its website or app, and you can rent and return a bicycle at any one of the designated ports. There are ports in Inagi and Tama cities, so it is an ideal way to tour the area.
Fees: 70 yen for 15 minutes, 1,000 yen for 12 hours
http://www.hellocycling.jp/

ZEBRA Coffee & Croissant Inagi Central Park branch


ZEBRA Coffee & Croissant Inagi Central Park branch
ZEBRA Coffee & Croissant Inagi Central Park branch
ZEBRA Coffee & Croissant Inagi Central Park branch
Opened in June 2021, this cafe is popular among cyclists as it is equipped with bicycle parking stands. Get some energy from a hearty croissant sandwich before you start your journey!

Hours: 8:30-19:00
Closed: Open 365 days
Address: 1-1-1 Nagamine, Inagi City, Tokyo (within Inagi Central Park)
https://zebra-coffee.com/visit/shop-inagi-central-park/

Machida Squirrel Garden


Machida Squirrel Garden
Machida Squirrel Garden
Machida Squirrel Garden
Here you can play with cuddly animals, including about 200 squirrels, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Relax in the homey feel of the garden with its colorful nest boxes and friendly squirrels.

Hours: 10:00-16:00 (10:00-17:00 only on Sundays and holidays between April and September)
Closed: Closed on Tuesdays (Open on national/substitute holiday Tuesdays and closed the following day), Dec. 27 – Jan. 2
Entrance fee: 400 yen for adults
Address: 1-733-1 Yakushidai, Machida City, Tokyo
https://www.machida-risuen.com/


Machida Yakushiike Park, Shikisai no Mori


Machida Yakushiike Park, Shikisai no Mori
Machida Yakushiike Park, Shikisai no Mori
This famous and spacious Machida park features a lake, seasonal plants and flowers, and stunning autumn foliage. The Nishien (West Garden) area now has a BBQ facility, where you can purchase all you need for a delicious BBQ!

Hours: 6:00-18:00 (6:00-19:00 from June to August)
Closed: Open 365 days
Address: 3270 Nozuta-machi, Machida City, Tokyo
https://www.city.machida.tokyo.jp/bunka/park/shisetu/shikisai_no_mori/park01.html

-Nishien (West Garden)
Fee: 3,980 yen for Yakushi BBQ Course. *The BBQ service is available from May to the end of November.
Hours: 5:00-22:00
Address: 3105 Hommachida, Machida City, Tokyo
https://www.nishien-market-bbq.com/
https://machida-shikisainomori.com/


Tokyo 2020 Olympics clycling road
Along the way, you can ride along the path where the athletes went in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!



Wagashi-dokoro Kachofugetsu


Wagashi-dokoro Kachofugetsu
Wagashi-dokoro Kachofugetsu
Opened in 2019, this wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop is well known among the locals. One of the most popular items is the cute cat-shaped “Monyaka,” with a generous amount of sweet red bean paste sandwiched between two thin crisp wafers.

Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Closed on Thursdays
Address: 1-8-14 Higashiteragata, Tama City, Tokyo
https://twitter.com/xdwU0bNezdVxhh5

Tama River


Tama River
The bank of the river with its great view is super for cycling! You can take a break with the cute “Monyaka” cat-shaped sweet treats in one of the parks along the river.

Sakura-dori Street Seiseki-sakuragaoka Station As the name indicates, Sakura-dori Street, connecting the area around Seiseki-sakuragaoka Station and the Tama River, is lined with cherry trees, creating a fragrant pink tunnel in spring.

Rascal the Raccoon manhole Around the station, you can see here and there manhole covers featuring designs from the anime series “Rascal the Raccoon.” Coming across the cute Rascal is sure to bring a smile. No surprise then that the head studio of “Nippon Animation Co., Ltd.,” the creator of “Rascal the Raccoon” and “A Dog of Flanders,” is located in Tama City.
The city is also the setting of the Studio Ghibli movie “Whisper of the Heart.” Perfect for anime fans!


Seiseki-sakuragaoka Station (Keio)

(Return bicycles to the share-cycle port)


3. All-About-Nature Course @ Akigawa Valley

Want to enjoy more nature?

【START】1 hour from Shinjuku Station

Musashi-Itsukaichi Station (JR)

Tokyo Ura-yama Base


Tokyo Ura-yama Base
Tokyo Ura-yama Base
This reception facility offers various kinds of services, including rental bikes and guided tours. Drop in here first on your visit to Akigawa Valley!

Hours: 9:30-17:00 (in autumn and winter)
Closed: Open irregularly mainly on weekends.
Fee: Rental bike: 2,200 yen for 1 day (3,500 yen for an electric motorcycle)
Address: 219-7 Tateya, Akiruno City, Tokyo
https://ura-yama.com/bicycle

Akigawa Valley


Akigawa Valley “Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu Spa Cycle along the Akigawa River! Take in the great views from the Owada and Kagetsu bridges. The autumn season with its spectacular colors is especially popular, but early summer with its fresh greenery is also recommended. After your ride, you can visit “Akigawa Keikoku Seoto-no-Yu Spa” onsen to rest and relax.




*The information herein is as of Novermber 2021.



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