Source of a quote:TOKYO DAY OUT
I hear that bicycle tours in Tokyo are popular with overseas tourists. So, I joined the unique bicycle tour which allows us to enjoy Tokyo’s night view. The tour is called ‘’ILLUMINATION RIDE’’ and it is organized by CHARI YA TOKYO.
I headed for Asakusa leisurely to enjoy Tokyo’s city lights. The tour started at 3:30pm. I looked forward to joining it so much!
CHARI YA TOKYO is based in Asakusa and was launched by Mr. Eguchi and Mr. Igarashi last year. Before launching CHARI YA TOKYO, they were used to organizing some cycling events together. Now, they organize some cycling tours for overseas tourists through CHARI YA TOKYO. Their tour is popular with overseas tourists.
Their tour provides guests with an understanding of Tokyo’s new culture as well as older culture by visiting different districts throughout the city, such as Asakusa. I think their style is so cool.
Well, let’s get back to talking about their ILLUMINATION RIDE. The tour starts from their office in Asakusa. I chose a bicycle, which they provide, and received course details. They have many different kinds of bicycles so you can join the tour even if you have no bicycle.
Enjoy dynamic city-scape of Tokyo from older districts to the heart of the financial districts and then the beautiful bayside towns. Tokyo’s vibrant cityscape is in a constant state of flux and renewal.
Leaving the office, the tour starts from the older districts, such as Kappa-bashi Dogu street. I went though these Japanese traditional streets into the heart of the financial district. I’d never thought that Tokyo’s vibrant cityscape is in a constant state of flux and renewal. I felt like I was in a completely different world. It was such a sensational experience.
The scenery changed so rapidly, We arrived at Tokyo station next. These changing environments made me so excited! Because it was such an amazing feeling as I flew through the air, I screamed unintentionally.
That feeling is not an exaggeration. Actually, cycling in Tokyo is more of an adventure than I thought. One more thing…it’s OK, to scream, Nobody notices it while we are riding.
After that, we had a break at Tokyo Station. Actually, I’d been here so may times but I felt unusual then because I arrived by bicycle. I wanted to tell someone I got there by bicycle. My heart was filled this kind of feeling.
Then it was time to go to the pier through Ginza and Shiba Park. On the way to the pier, Tokyo Tower came into sight. At that moment, I began to realize why I was feeling something special with the bicycle tour as I looked upon Tokyo Tower. I guess that bicycle had just the right sense of speed. The view point from the bicycle is about 100cm from the ground and it’s faster than walking but slower than moving in a car. This sense of speed directs some unusual moments.
Anyway, I arrived at Tokyo Tower while thinking such a thing.
I took some photos of the tower and then left for the pier. I had no idea that people can get to Odaiba by water-bus with their bicycles. We can see Rainbow Bridge both up close and also underneath as we travel past the bridge.
After we arrived in Odaiba, there was an unexpected coffee break in a park. Moreover, the tour guides boiled some water and milled some coffee beans for us there. I was entertained with really delicious and special coffee and I enjoyed drinking it at the harbor while viewing a beautiful sunset.
What’s this place that makes Tokyo go!?
In Odaiba, we went on a special cycling route down some back alleys. After a little while, I saw beautiful factory lights as well as a huge cargo ship resting at anchor.
The view was so glorious to admire. I had never thought that there could be a place like this in Odaiba…. Knowing what I know now thanks to the tour, I think I wasted time in Tokyo. Tokyo still has lots of thing I don’t know about.
After that, we had dinner at Diver-City then earnestly pedaled our bicycles to go to the final destination which has a 360 degree view of Tokyo’s city lights. Actually, the final destination was the top of the bridge. However this bridge has a long, long slope. I tried to go up but it was extremely hard…
My tour guides encouraged me on. They said, “The beautiful city lights are waiting for you on the top!!” It nearly killed me but I finally made it. Their shouts of encouragement saved me!
Finally, I could see the lights! These beautiful lights, such as factories, ships, and skyscrapers, were amazing to see.
Moreover, no other people were there. I had the lights completely to myself. It was kind of a strange feeling, like I was in the another dimension…or a blackhole.
After the final destination, we went back to Asakusa though Tsukiji and Ginza.
With your bicycle, experience a time warp through the ages.
After finishing the tour, I felt strange because I wanted to tell someone immediately about the fantastic experience I just had but had to keep it in my heart as a secret. It’s not enough to say I saw a different side of Tokyo. It was just like a dream which is a special experience. Yes, I can say I awoke up from a dream!
I strongly recommend joining their bicycle tour, especially the people who have been living in Tokyo for a long time.
Please experience yourself Tokyo’s time and generational traveling tour with a view point of 100 cm from the ground. Only then will you understand my feelings.