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Alohaloco - great bikes to enjoy Tokyo

One of the best ways to see Tokyo is by bicycle and in the Kiyosumi area near Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station in Koto ward is a bicycle shop that has an incredible deal for you.  Alohacoco is run by Kenusuke and Mayumi Shikano. As you can probably tell by the name, the shop has a Hawaiian sounds to it. Seriously, just walk into their shop and you can tell that they have a love affair with those islands.  But they love their bicycles too!

Kenusuke and Mayumi Shikano

Kensuke has been into bicycles, racing them, designing them, selling them and fixing them for a very long time and knows everything about them.  He got to know so much about them, that he designed and built his own beautiful machines, which you can rent or buy from his shop.

Kiyosumi is the perfect area for cycling.  Over recent years it has seen great changes and is now a highly sought after place to live or visit as there are many coffee shops, art galleries and museums located there.  Plus is has the amazing Kiyosumi Gardens, my favourite park in Tokyo. There is a lot to see and as it isn’t congested like Shinjuku and Shibuya, bicycles make great sense to get around.

Alohalocao in Kiyosumi

The area is a very flat and is next to the Sumida river which means places like Asakusa, Kiba Park, Kinshicho, Kiyosumi Gardens, Monzennakacho and Tomioka Hachiman Shrine are just a few of the places you could ride to and explore.  Even Tokyo Skytree isn’t that far. So, with the shop opening from 10 am and closing at 6 pm, so that means you get your bicycle for eight hours to explore as much as you want. And at the incredibly low price of ¥500, which works out to be roughly ¥62 per hour!  An incredible deal!

If you want to do something a little different in Tokyo, please give Kensuke and Mayumi a call in Kiyosumi and they’ll be very happy to help you out.  You can see their website here and their Facebook page here.  I’ve also done a podcast with them that you can listen here.

And here is a map if you need some help to find your way from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa station.  Just remember to leave via the A1 exit.