Want to get your child started on a pedal bike? These Tokyo parks teach children for free.

By on February 19, 2017

It’s a milestone for any child to be able to learn how to ride a bicycle especially in bike-mad Tokyo. However, despite tons of tutorials on YouTube, teaching kids how to pedal is probably one that’s best learned through practical lessons.

Kids learn best when they see and feel how balance and steering a two-wheeler work. Don’t know how to teach it to your child?  Fret not, leave it to the experts.

Jingu Gaien Cycling Center

For many years, Japan Cycling Association has been hosting free cycling lessons to children in Tokyo.

The cycling workshop for kids run on weekends at the Jingu Gaien park where children, short and tall, are given a headstart from pedaling and balance to stability and safe cycling. The only downside is that instructors only speak Japanese. If your child can handle some, then this is your place.

The Jingu Gaien Cycling course is open only on Sundays and Public Holidays from 9:30 am – 12 noon and 1 − 3 pm. Registration starts 8:30 am until 2 pm. They accept a maximum of 30 young children and 20 older kids (or adults) at a time. Lessons and bicycles are provided free of charge but parents must bring helmets and comfortable shoes. Kids from 3 years of age will be able to learn cycling in 2 − 3 hours.  Seriously!

(photo by cozier)

Jingu Gaien Cycling Course    Tel. 03-3405-8753 or Mobile phone #080-1272-7243

  • Bike rental for parents also available

Nearest stations:
12 mins walk from Aoyama Itchome station by Hanzonmon line, Ginza line or Toei Oedo line
10 mins walk from Gaien Mae station by Ginza line
10 mins walk from Shinanomachi station by JR Sobu line
5 mins walk from Kunitachi Kyogijo (National Stadium) station by Toei Oedo line

Imperial Palace Side Cycling Course

Free lessons broken down into 5 steps are given at the Palace Side every Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm to all adults and children (aged 3 yrs and up). Registration starts 10 am until 2:30 pm.

Nearest stations
110-metre walk from Hibiya station by Toei Mita line
310-metre walk from Yurakucho station by Yurakucho line
410-metre walk from Nijubashi Eki Mae by Chiyoda Line

Address: Nijubashimae, 2-1 Koukyo Gaien, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel. 03-6409-6923 (inquiries)
Tel. 03-3211-5020 (at the site)
*Free bike rental also available.
* Lessons cancelled on rainy days.
* Bring your own helmet.


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