OSAKA BIKE RENTALS
Predominantly flat, very well organised, and populated by outrageously considerate locals who are more than used to sharing space with their two-wheeled companions, Osaka is Japan's true bike city. Bicycles are indeed so ubiquitous that it's impossible to spend a day in town without seeing them glide down the sidewalk carrying well-dressed business men, women with babies and surprisingly agile elderly.
If seeing the locals traverse their city on two wheels makes you want to hop off the train and on a bike, then it's time for you to join the ranks of Osaka's cyclists. To score your ride, head to an English-speaking bike rental service, such as Cycle Osaka. Not only will they hook you up with a suitable bike, they will also help you with cycle tours so you can explore the city your way. Another option would be HUBchari, where bicycles are shared at various stations throughout the city. Alternatively, Osaka's new public bike rental service offers smaller city bikes for inner city touring. Information on this scheme can be found at http://umegle-chari.minaport.jp(Japanese only). Then... just saddle up, plan your route, and get involved!