A bicycle rental service is available on a trial basis (until December 15) near Mt. Tsukuba. This service is meant to encourage people to ride their bicycles on Tsukuba RinRin Road and around Mt. Tsukuba.
The bicycles can be rented from the Kanto Tetsudo North Garage which is near Mt. Tsukuba (address: Numata 283). You can take the northbound shuttlebus from Tsukuba Center to Mt Tsukuba Entrance]] ( 筑波山口 , tsukuba san guchi), see schedule linked below). Bikes can be rented between 9am and 3pm (and the office stays open until 6:30pm). The rental fees are 500 yen per day for an adult bike and 250 yen per day for a child's bike (elementary school age and below). There are 16 bikes available for adults and 2 for children. It is not possible to rent the bicycles overnight, nor is it possible to make reservations. Bicycles must be returned to the same office. They cannot be returned to the bicycle rental office at Tsukuba Center.
In order to use the bikes, you will have to fill out an application form with your name, address, and phone number. You will also have to sign the form to say that you will not hold the city liable if anything happens. It seems that they only have "basket bikes" right now, but they are considering the possibility of offering more sporty bikes in the future. After you return from your ride, you may be asked to fill out a survey. (Please do agree to fill it out, since this is a trial run for this service. The more people who say they like it, the more likely it is to continue.)
More information: Tourism and Local Products Division of Tsukuba City Hall: 029-836-1111 ext.3245
From the November 1st issue of Kouhou Tsukuba (Japanese newsletter from the City Hall)
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