Leather and Canvas Fetish
Join Date: May 2007
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Good advice from everyone about bagging your bike. And yes, I would really try to avoid rush hour with your bike.
I would bring a decent cable lock and not worry about it. Heck, I tour in America (avoiding the big cities) using a cable lock and never had a problem.
I heard they're getting strict about not parking your bike on the sidewalk in congested areas, especially around the stations. I'd be safe and try to park in the designated areas.
Japan's a wonderful experience! In most cases, cars are pretty respectful of bicyclists. I rode around on a "mama chari" and loved every minute.