What are Compass Bikes? New E-Bikes for Exploring Tokyo

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Bryce was born in California, but raised from the age of 3 near Seattle, Washington. He’s been living in Tokyo for about 7 years, and graduated from Temple University, Japan with degrees in economics and international business. He loves traveling of course, but also cooking, snowboarding, some video games as well. His biggest interest is songwriting/music production, more specifically electronic music… (think Skrillex, Marshmello, Daft Punk, etc.) He also has terrible humor as you’ll notice, but he hopes you’ll enjoy it!

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Imagine cruising through the vibrant streets of Tokyo, wind in your hair, and a smile on your face as you effortlessly glide past ancient temples and modern skyscrapers. This isn’t just a daydream – it’s the magic of riding E-Bikes in Japan. In this article, we’ll dive into what makes E-Bikes so popular, the best places to ride them, and how you can elevate your Japanese adventure with this eco-friendly mode of transportation.

E-Bikes: The future of cycling

E-bikes, short for electronically assisted bicycles, are revolutionizing the way people explore cities and countryside alike. Unlike traditional bicycles, E-Bikes are equipped with an electric motor that provides an extra boost when pedaling. Think of it as having your personal gentle tailwind wherever you go. These bikes offer a perfect blend of convenience and eco-friendliness, allowing riders to cover more ground with less effort while reducing their carbon footprint.

What are Compass Bikes?

Compass Bikes are a new line of E-Bikes, featuring a new and innovative design, and certainly one you’ll enjoy cruising through various locations. They feature large wheels and tires, great for handling casual metropolitan terrain like streets, sidewalks and cobblestone. It’s no mountain bike, but bumps and such wont compromise and riding comfort. You’ll be able to easily explore where you want to go without having to worry about the limitations of the bike. Functionality also does not sacrifice any comfort as their large seat with a cushy design will keep you seated nicely the whole ride. This, and various other features come together nicely in an all-black, almost motorcycle-like design. Basically, you’ll be riding in style, comfort and efficiency wherever you want to go.

Comparing Compass Bikes to Others

Compass bikes are certainly the more powerful, long lasting, and perhaps stylish version of your typical E-bike. E-Bikes are not new technology by any means, but the most common form of them are mainly seen being used as a mode of family transport, especially when the kids are young. Often a bike is more convenient than a car in the middle of the city, so you’ll see parents with one or two kids on the bike, along with some groceries… imagine pedaling with all that extra weight! Well, that’s where the electronic assist comes in. so, take that extra functionality and apply it to fun and exploration and you have the Compass Bike.

How to Rent

If you want to rent a Compass Bike, just head to their website and choose from your plans. You’ll be able to rent some for just a few hours or a month at a time! Alternatively, you can book an E-Bike tour. It’s a great option for those who are staying in Japan for a while and want to explore in a fun and unique way. In case you didn’t know, you’ll be doing a lot of walking and using public transport Japan! Don’t worry, this page isn’t going anywhere- once you realize these bikes will help immensely, just come back and get your trip situated. 

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Places to Ride E-Bikes

Skytree Area & other Scenic Routes: Ever heard of the iconic SkyTree Tower of Tokyo? Well, now you have, and if you think it would be cool to ride around the city alongside a river while being able to check out the tower and other great sights, then consider checking out Sumida city and other nearby areas. There is also a great tour package for this area, but we’ll get to that later.

Odaiba: Consider Odaiba, Tokyo’s man-made island and home of the gundam statue as well as other futuristic stuff! While riding around and seeing that is all quite impressive, the main point is the Rainbow bridge. This expansive bride is a sight to see in Tokyo bay, especially at night. Be sure to consider riding over it!

While the Compass Bikes are only available in Tokyo for now, here’s some other places you might be able to find them in the future (fingers crossed!):


Kawaguchiko: The iconic town of Kawaguchiko is already a great place for cycling. Lake Kawaguchi is right next to Mt. Fuji is an incredibly beautiful place to adventure. Cruising around the lake on an e-Bike couldn’t be more enjoyable.

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Kyoto: Kyoto is another very scenic place, especially with its fame for being such a culturally rich city. Here you’ll be able to truly experience that “old and new ” vibe that Japan boasts so well; imagine riding through a town with historic buildings on your bike powered by electricity… What a time to be alive!

What Make e-Bikes Popular

Effortless Exploration: Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, e-bikes offer an effortless way to explore Japan’s diverse landscapes. Say goodbye to strenuous uphill climbs and hello to seamless adventures filled with discovery and wonder.

Accessibility for All: One of the greatest advantages of e-bikes is their accessibility. From families with young children to seniors looking to stay active, e-bikes cater to a wide range of riders, ensuring that everyone can partake in the joy of cycling without limitations.

Environmental Friendliness: In an era where sustainability is paramount, e-bikes emerge as a green alternative to traditional modes of transportation. By opting for pedal-assisted biking, travelers can reduce their environmental impact while experiencing Japan’s beauty in its purest form.

Time Efficiency: With E-bikes, you can cover more ground in less time, allowing you to maximize your Japanese adventure without feeling rushed. Whether you’re hopping between cultural landmarks or exploring hidden gems off the beaten path, e-bikes offer the perfect balance of speed and leisure.

E-Bike Tours

As we mentioned before, you can either rent the bikes for personal use or as part of a tour package! The package is a great option if the location that the tour is being held is already somewhere you want to go. The bikes are very new and now only feature one tour, through Sumida city as we talked about earlier! There is so much to do around this area (like Senso-ji, SkyTree, Kappabashi, etc.), it’s definitely a place you’re probably already planning to visit, so why not do it in style?

3-hour Tokyo local E-bike Tour (Tsukiji, Ningyo-cho and Kiyosumi area)

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As you embark on your journey through the iconic country of Japan, consider embracing the e-Bike revolution for an unforgettable experience like no other. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the tranquil countryside of Kyoto, let the gentle hum of the electric motor guide you on a mesmerizing adventure through Japan’s rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty. So, hop on, pedal away, and let the magic of e-bikes propel you towards memories that will last a lifetime.

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