J-Cycle
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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BICYCLE SHOP J-Cycle[OPEN]10:00AM to 7:00PM(Available time of renting from 10:00AM to 6:30PM)[Closed days]the year-end and New Year holidays(December 30 to January 3)[RENTAL BICYCLE]*Standard :800yen/day(10:00AM-18:30PM)*Standard(3speed gears): 1000yen/day(10:00AM-18:30PM)*MTB/Sports :1400yen/day(10:00AM-18:30PM)*Electric assisted :1700yen/day(10:00AM-18:30PM)[OPTION]*Child seat(5 years old or younger)[Note]Please confirm the bicycle-parking availability at the hotel if you wish to rent for consecutive days.We give 10% discount if you rent for more than 3 days.
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Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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SamBell83
York, Australia221 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
We hired bikes as a way to get around the million temples to visit in Kyoto. Such a great idea as you can get a lot more done than compared with walking and Kyoto is an easy place to ride around.

We are all quite fit but hired the electric bikes and were very glad we did. We would have been in agony usually after 7 hours of riding but the electrics take the edge off!

The riding map provided is easy to follow and describes if parking is available or to be paid for. The bikes were really good quality, near new and functioned perfectly. They all come with locks attached and a light (for attracting attention).

The staff were friendly and helpful. All day hire is from 10 am to 1830 pm so you can squeeze a lot in! Being Aussies, we are taught from a young age to wear helmets (although it seems not a single other person in Kyoto was) and these are available for hire for 300yen.

Highly recommended and I wish I had done it day one of my temple sightseeing!
Written October 30, 2016
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Lauren T
Australia12 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
We hired bikes for the afternoon from J-Cycle, riding from the store up to the trio of temples starting from Kinkaku-ji temple. We then rode across to the Arashiyama district and the bamboo grove through semi-rural parts of Kyoto, before returning the bikes. Not overly strenuous and very achievable if you have a moderate level of fitness. Amazing way to see the city - we would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Written March 3, 2017
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Karl W
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Nov 2016 • Couples
Within a matter of minutes of arriving without reservation, we chose bikes, filled out a simple form, paid 2400¥ for 2 geared bikes Inc theft reduction, had a quick rundown of the bikes and were away.

Staff were very helpful and spoke good English. Bikes were in good condition.

We managed to clock up 30km in one day with an hour to spare. This was something I'd been looking froward to doing and was not let down. Highly recommend it as a way to see Kyoto.

Tip: managed to cover a lot more distance when riding down the smaller streets with fewer vehicles and pedestrians than the major roads/streets.
Written November 17, 2016
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giada c
Lagos, Portugal80 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
we rented 2 bikes for 2 days ( 10€/day). they were very kind and helpful. the bikes were new and we'll functioning. recommended!
Written August 8, 2016
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DannyWuu
Prague, Czech Republic129 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
Easy to find, very helpful stuff, good plan. This is the best way to visit Kyoto. Also a map is provided with different routes with timing and parking spaces market.
The bicycle is in good condition, contains a double lock and light.
The only thing that was missing is maybe an organised tour.
Written July 31, 2016
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Aucklander68
Auckland220 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This is a great place to rent quality well serviced bikes and to get friendly and helpful service. We rented 5 bikes for the day and did a mammoth bike ride in 35 degree heat. We got to see many different suburbs and particularly enjoyed the stretch west of the river and south of the monkey park.
Having looked in other rental shops and witnessed exceptionally rude service at a shop in Gion, I can tell you that J-Cycle is the way to go.
Brilliant!
Written July 11, 2016
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sebastien l
Saint Ouen, France15 contributions
Apr 2016
Pro, efficient, smile, very good, 800yens for one day is the cheapest rate. 1700 for electric ones. Good place
Written April 23, 2016
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DVSTraveler
Frederick, MD18 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
We decided that we would take a self-guided tour of Kyoto. When we were in Tokyo, our tours were guided and were pretty fast. We thought we would go with a self-guided bike tour so that we could see things at our own pace. We got to the shop pretty early in the morning. Unfortunately, they had already ran out of the city bikes with the baskets that we wanted. We ended up having to use the mountain bikes with the different gears. This wasn’t too much of an issue, but there were a lot of moments while we were biking where I wish I had a basket. We spent a lot of the time unzipping our backpacks and stuffing things back in them. Make sure you get there when they open so you can get the bikes that you want. The bikes we got had several gears, a lock, and came with a flashlight. The price of renting the bikes was affordable and the staff members were courteous. They also give you a run-down of how the bike and the lock works.

The cycling map that is provided gives you an idea of where things are, but I’m not sure how useful it is for directions. We used our pocket wifi and GPS on our cellphones to find the sites we were looking for. The GPS wasn’t that reliable either, so I would recommend bringing a more detailed map of Kyoto with you.

Before we left for our tour, we were told the bikes needed to come back at a certain time. We rushed through a lot of our sightseeing so that we could come back at the appropriate time. We ended up getting very, very lost and we did not make it on time to drop off the bike. Had we not rushed around, we might have been more careful and made it back in time. What they didn’t tell us is that you can drop off the bike after hours. When we got back around 9pm, we noticed instructions on the door stating that we could drop off the bike near the door and put the lock keys in the mail box. We wish we knew this in the beginning so that we didn’t rush around on our tours! This wasn’t something that was lost in translation, it was just never mentioned. It is just funny how we went on a bike tour to take things at our own pace and it ended up being more rushed than the guided Tokyo tours. Also, the reason we got lost is because there was ANOTHER J-Cycle in Kyoto, on the other side of the city! Our GPS took us to this other J-Cycle – which sells bikes, but does not rent them. Please do not rely on the GPS to get you back, use a good ol’ fashioned map.

Although we had a bit of trouble, the bike tour was an amazing experience. Because Kyoto is such a bike friendly city, I would recommend experiencing it like the locals do. We had a great time before we got lost. We just wish they had the bikes we wanted and we wish we knew we could drop off the bikes after hours. Now that we are more experienced, we would probably try again if we go back to Kyoto. 
Written March 15, 2016
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Janes F
Coolangatta, Australia65 contributions
May 2017
Found J-Cycle via my Maps.me app. Hired an electric bike for 5 hours for an afternoon. Employees were very friendly and showed me how the bike worked and gave me a map to follow. the map has many route suggestions. Once out of the busy city streets of Kyoto found the footpaths very wide with bike lanes etc. Road to the Golden Temple (took approx 45mins - free parking for bike) then on to Philosopher's Path, cycled along the river then back to return bike. Open till late. You can also hire bike for 2 days if you wish.
Written June 8, 2017
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oaklandcity4evr
Oakland, California1 contribution
Mar 2017 • Friends
I've been to Kyoto before and this place is the best honestly we were looking for so cool fast and comfortable bikes because we were planning to bike for a long time. J-cycle was very fast at explaning things because the had everything picture ready and spoke English really well
Written March 28, 2017
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