Circle K, a convenience store chain, has entered the bicycle rental market in Kyoto.
In front of a store north of Daimaru department store, three bikes were lined up waiting to be rented.
There is little information online in Japanese or English.
The woman manager, however, was helpful.
To rent a bike, must present one of the following: a valid passport, driver's license (Japanese), student id (presumably Japanese), or insurance card (Japanese).
City Cycle rental tickets:
3 hours: 300 yen
6 hours: 450 yen
9 hours: 600 yen
24 hours: 900 yen
1 hour supplementary tickets: 150 yen
Electric Bicycle rental tickets:
3 hours: 500 yen
6 hours: 750 yen
9 hours: 1,000 yen
24 hours: 1,500 yen
1 hour supplementary tickets: 250 yen
Insurance comes with the cost of renting a bike. However, accidents and theft are not covered.
Also, not all Circle K stores offer this service.