Bicycle rental for sightseeing in Kyoto

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During the busy seasons of spring and autumn, the roads are full of people, and as expected, bicycles are also available.
In such a case, we recommend that you park your bicycle at the bicycle parking lot and then walk around.

About bicycle parking lot in Kyoto

Bicycle parking lots are available at major tourist destinations such as temples and shrines in Kyoto. If you cannot find it, please check with the facility. Please do not park illegally.

Useful information about bicycle parking

Kyoto farewell bicycle sightseeing one-day bicycle parking ticket (200 yen)

https://ja.kyoto.travel/bicycle/go/parking/img/ichinichi2018_9.pdf
If you purchase a bicycle parking ticket at the following facilities 1 to 6, you can park your bicycle free of charge in all of the following parking lots on the day of issuance.

  1. Kiyomizuzaka Tourist Parking Lot (Kiyomizu Temple)
  2. Ginkakuji Tourist Parking Lot (Ginkakuji)
  3. Okazaki Park Parking (Heian Shrine)
  4. Nijo Castle Parking Lot (Nijo Castle)
  5. Arashiyama Tourist Parking (Togetsukyo)
  6. Kaohsiung Tourist Parking Lot (Kozanji) *Bicycle parking tickets are only sold in November
  • Miyama Park (in the city)
  • Tomikoji Hexagon (in the city)
  • Pontocho (in the city)

Bicycle parking lot search system for the Kyoto city cycle site

Kyoto City’s bicycle parking lot search system is convenient because you can search for both public and private bicycle parking lots.
https://kyoto-bicycle.com/parking

Kiyomizu Temple

In the Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-dera) area you can most deeply feel the rich atmosphere of old Kyoto. This is also Kyoto’s most popular spot, so it’s busy throughout the year. There are many steep slopes and stairways here, so the best way to approach the area is to park your bicycle at the Kiyomizuzaka Visitors Parking area and continue on foot.

From Kyoto Station to the Kiyomizu Tourist Cycle Park is 3.3km(about 20 minutes).

Bicycle parking information

Shimizuzaka sightseeing parking lot
200 yen/day

From Kinkakuji to Arashiyama: Cycling the historic Kinukake Road

Many people visit both Kinkakuji (Golden Temple) and Ryoanji in north-western Kyoto and then return to the city centre. They are missing out! The road between Kinkakuji and Ryoanji leads to the temples Rengoji and Ninnaji, the pleasant Hirosawa Pond, and then continues on to beautiful Arashiyama (famous for the Arashiyama bamboo forest). This is the historic route called Kinukake Road and is a great route to follow to explore Kyoto.

At Hirosawa Pond, however, you should be aware that the road is sometimes quite narrow and the tra c is heavy. So please be careful when cycling along here.

Bicycle parking information

Kinkakuji Temple
Located on the north side from the Kinkakuji-mae intersection to the entrance (free)
Ryoanji Temple
Available on site (free)
Ninnaji Temple
Located next to Niomon (free)
Hirosawa Pond
Bicycle parking is possible near the pond (free)
Arashiyama
Arashiyama sightseeing parking lot (200 yen/day)

Saga Arashiyama

Saga Arashiyama is one of the three most popular tourist spots in Kyoto, and is home to the famous bamboo forest. During the cherry blossom and autumn leaves seasons the area is over owing with people. But visit in the quieter months during summer and winter and you’ll Cnd it much more peaceful – perfect for enjoying the special atmosphere of this area.

Saga Arashiyama has a long history as a preferred resort

Bicycle parking information

Arashiyama
Arashiyama sightseeing parking lot (200 yen/day)
Tenryu temple
Available on site (free)

3 Recommended Routes from Kyoto Station Cycle Terminal to Arashiyama

  1. Kizu Arashiyama Cycling Road Route: 12km (about 50 minutes)
    The safe and comfortable best route to ride while feeling nature!
  2. Marutamachidori route: 12km (about 60 minutes)
    You can stop at Myoshinji Temple and Hokongoji Temple and run along the main street so you can arrive without hesitation!
  3. Sanjo-dori route: 10km (about 50 minutes)
    A unique route that can run beside the Ching Ching train. You can stop at silkworm shrines, Koryuji Temple, Uzumasa movie village, Kuramaori Shrine, Rokuoin, etc., but the road is narrow and there is a lot of traffic.

Cycling advice

The Keifuku train runs between Shiraume town and Arashiyama. Actually, it’s a cock train running in a very attractive area. The scenery seen from inside the train is exceptional, but I think it’s nice to ride a bicycle next to the Chinchin train. It’s a great opportunity to discover new things in Kyoto! Please try it once.

Kyoto Imperial Palace Park: the Central Park of Kyoto

The grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace are open to visitors (you can’t enter any of the buildings), but a highlight of the palace is the large surrounding Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (Kyoto Gyoen), which can be explored any time of day or night.

Kyoto’s spacious ‘Central Park’ changes with the seasons, allowing garden-lovers to enjoy the di erent blooms throughout the year. The park is good for cycling in the morning, for taking a relaxing lunch break, or for an atmospheric cycle in the evening.

Bicycle parking information

There are no particular restrictions on where you can park your bicycle in the park, but for security reasons, please do not park your bicycle along the structure in the park. Also, please refrain from parking for a long time.

The Kamo River footpath: Cycling between north and south Kyoto

The footpath along the Kamo River (Kamo-gawa) is the best cycling route between north and south Kyoto. This is a wonderful footpath not just for walking. There are some locations where you may need to carry your bicycle down some stairs, but there are no stop signs, and you can really enjoy a comfortable and bracing ride.

However, please pay attention to your speed so as not to bother pedestrians by going too fast.

Bicycle parking information

There is no specific parking area for bicycles, but when parking a bicycle, please treat it as a temporary bicycle parking area so as not to disturb pedestrians and other bicycles. Also, please refrain from parking for a long time.

Find peace in Rakuhoku

The Rakuhoku area is still not big on the Kyoto tourist trail, but seeing how quiet and scenic it is, one wonders why not. The Kamogawa footpath is very comfortable for cyclists. What’s more, as there are no stop signs you can move at your own pace. Riding along the Kamogawa is really the best way to travel between north and south Kyoto. Don’t miss it!

Bicycle parking information

Kamigamo Shrine
Located in the precincts (free)
Ota Shrine
None
Entsuji Temple
Bicycles can be parked in the parking lot (free)
Jisoin
Bicycle parking is available near the parking area (free)

The village of Ohara

The peaceful village of Ohara is in the mountains in northern Kyoto, about 20km from the centre of the city. It’s well worth a visit for the rural scenery, Sanzenin and other surrounding temples. This highly recommended area can also be accessed by bicycle.

Note that on National Route 367, it is important to pay attention to the volume of tra c as it can be heavy between Shiga prefecture and Kyoto City. There is a small path along the way, but you should be prepared to ride up this way slowly whilst paying attention to other vehicles.

Going back to central Kyoto by way of Shizuhara is highly recommended. The way to Ohara is hilly and on the return journey going over Ebumitoge hill will take at least 15 minutes. But after that the journey home is all downhill. Along the way if you go along the old Ohara road, you can enjoy seeing the peaceful country views around Shizuhara.

Bicycle parking information

Sanzenin
None

Kurama and Kibune

Tucked away in the mountains in Kyoto’s north, Kurama and Kibune are great for getting close to the nature and are popular for hiking. This area is about 8.5km from Kamigamo Shrine. The road is a long upslope, so the route is most suitable for advanced cyclists.

Our tip!
A smart way to get to Kurama and Kibune when cycling is to park your bicycle at the parking area next to Demachiyanagi Station (150 yen) and take the Eizan train (400 yen one way to Kurama). It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to Kurama.

Bicycle parking information

Kurama
None
Kibune
None

Cycling in the Kitayama Japanese cedar (cryptomeria)

The real pleasure of sightseeing in Kyoto is not limited to sightseeing spots. Although it is not well known, more than 90% of the total area of Kyoto is also a mountainous area, which is very deep. In this course, you can discover such a surprising aspect of Kyoto. Run straight up the Kamo River to the headwaters. Shimeiin, which stands at an altitude of 450 m, is also known as the stage for the birth of Princess Mononoke, also known as “Iwaya Fudo” because there is an Iwaya that is said to be the stage of Kabuki Eighteenth “Narugami”. On the way back, you can enjoy the downhill as it is, but if you have extra capacity, you can go over the Mochietsu Pass, through the Mayumi Village to the Kyomi Pass, or from the Zhouzan Highway to Kaohsiung to the city.

Mountain bikes are recommended as they will continue to go up and down for a long time. Please contact us if you plan to drive.

Sightseeing in Kyoto is not only about going to tourist attractions. Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and we recommend heading out into the nature- lled parts of the city.

Cycle along the upper stream of the Kamogawa (Kamo River), cross the Mochikoshi pass and you can breeze along surrounded by Japanese cedar trees (cryptomeria). You’ll also Und a spring and a traditional teahouse on your journey. This is a great way to experience a diVerent aspect of Kyoto and a refreshing change to all that temple-hopping!

Tourist destination access table (mileage and time of tourist destination)

Distance (km) / Time (minutes)

JR Kyoto Station Kiyomizu Temple Kinkakuji Temple Ginkakuji Temple Nijo Castle Arashiyama Fushimi Inari Shrine Ohara
JR Kyoto Station 3.0 8.5 8.0 4.0 11.0 3.5 20.0
15 45 40 20 55 18 100
Kiyomizu Temple 3.0 9.0 5.5 5.0 11.5 4.0 18.0
15 45 30 25 60 20 90
Kinkakuji Temple 8.5 9.0 8.0 5.0 7.0 12.0 16.5
45 45 40 25 35 60 85
Ginkakuji Temple 8.0 5.5 8.0 4.5 11.0 9.0 13.0
40 30 40 25 60 45 65
Nijo Castle 4.0 5.0 5.0 4.5 7.5 7.0 17.5
20 25 25 25 40 35 90
Arashiyama 11.0 11.5 7.0 11.0 7.5 14.0 25.5
55 60 35 60 40 70 130
Fushimi Inari Shrine 3.5 4.0 12.0 9.0 7.0 14.0 22.0
18 20 60 45 35 70 110
Ohara 20.0 18.0 16.5 13.0 17.5 25.5 22.0
100 90 85 65 90 130 110