I consider this bicycle tour one of the highlights of my trip to Japan for several reasons. First, it is not something I have ever done on a vacation (and something I rarely do at home). Second, I saw part of the city I would never have seen by other modes of transportation. We crossed bridges, took back neighbourhood streets, paths along the bay and had a fabulous picnic in the park that included incredible fresh tuna (we had purchased at the fish market that morning). There were many times I would have loved to stop and take a few photos but would have been left behind. Sometimes the pace of riding in between the pedestrians and other cyclists was a bit scary. However, the only down side for me was at the end of the day. I was really sore from the hard seat and drop handle bars of the touring bikes. They are the best bikes for the bridges and terrain that we covered but my middle aged body looked longingly at the upright, old fashioned bikes that I saw most locals riding. If you are out of shape, or haven't been on a bike in years, be forewarned. You should also bring nothing with you but a small backpack.
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