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Exploring Kyoto on Two Wheels

Traffic Rules

  • Obey traffic lights: Green means "go," red means "stop." When a green light starts to blink or the lights change to amber, it means that the lights are about to change to red.
  • On narrow streets, keep to the side when a car comes along and let the car pass. Stop before turning corners to check that it is safe to proceed.
  • If riding on a sidewalk or in a pedestrian area, don't forget that pedestrians have right of way. Don't get in their way.
  • Japanese law prohibits two people riding on one bicycle or two bicycles riding side by side.

Important Advice

  • There are a lot of cars on the roads, so take care! It's dangerous to ride right behind or right next to cars.
  • You are not allowed to take bicycles inside the grounds of temples or shrines - such as the Kiyomizu-dera Temple or the Heian Jingu Shrine. You can park your bike outside in a bicycle parking lot, taking care not to inconvenience pedestrians.
  • You are not allowed to ride bicycles on busy main roads like Shijo Street or Shin-Kyogoku.
  • Take special care if it rains. And don't ride along the banks of the Kamogawa River when the water level is high.