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Bicycle Parking (駐輪場 Churinjo) in Tokyo Part 1 - Visitor Parking

Where do you park your bicycle?

Although bicycles are so convenient to travel within 23 wards of Tokyo, the problem is that it is hard to find where to park bikes as there are so many areas in streets with a sign saying "It is banned to park bicycles here" = Churin Kinshi 駐輪禁止". What if you ignore the sign? Your bike will be taken away and be collected at a place managed by the local government officials. To get your bike back, you need to come all the way to the place, usually located in a very inconvenient area far from train stations, besides, you have to pay a fine... To avoid it happening, you should park your bike at parking lots, or Churinjo 駐輪場 in Japanese, often provided near train stations.

Visitor Parking : Parking Lots for Temporary use or One-day use

一時利用(Ichiji-riyou) / 当日利用(Toujitsu-riyou) / 一日利用(Ichinichi-riyou)

Although free parking is usually available for customers at supermarkets or those commercial facilities in off-center districts within the 23 wards of Tokyo, most of parking lots near train stations or in the central Tokyo are of a paid system.

The visitor parking services are usually available from 5:00AM in the morning to 12:00AM mid-night. The parking fee is somewhere between 100 Yen and 200 Yen per day. For use within 2 hours, it may be free in many cases. You should ask at the service office.

How to use

Go to the service office at the parking lot and ask for a ticket or a label to put on your bike, which tells you are a one-day user. For payment, there are two systems, paying in advance or after use, it depends on the parking lot you use.

In the case of a self-service parking lot, get a ticket from a ticket machine at the entrance of the parking lot. Or, Go inside the parking lot and put your bike on a stand, which automatically locks. You are to pay the fee at the self-service payment machine after use.

(How to unlock the stand)
Go to the exit fare machine and input the No. of the stand your bike is in. Put the fare into the machine when the stand is unlocked. In case no fee is charged for short-time use, within 1 hour, for example, it may be unlocked without inserting money.

Japanese Samples

Bicycle Parking Lot
*Chu-rin-joe is a clipped word of "Jitensha Chushajo"

Full / No Vacancy: 満車 (Mansha)
Vacant or Available : 空きあり(Akiari)
Is there any place I can park my bicycle near here (for free)?
(Kono atari de (Muryoude) Jitensha wo tomerareru tokorowa arimasu ka?)

Is there a bicycle parking lot near here?
(Kono atarini Churinjou wa arimasen ka?

I'd like to park my bicycle temporally. How do I use the visitor parking service here?
(Ichiji-riyou wo shitaino desuga, dousureba yoidesuka?)

Related Information

Traffic Safety Guidelines for Pedestrians and Cyclists

By Japan National Police Agency

List of Bicycle Rental Shops in Tokyo and Vicinity by JNTO

Google Maps | Bicycle Rental Shops in Tokyo

Visitor Parking Lots near tourist spots

Introduced here are "some" of visitor parking lots near tourist spots, for temporary use or one-day use. There are more than 100 bicycle parking lots in Tokyo, and we will add them into the map if requested...

Google Maps : Visitor Parking Lots in Tokyo

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