Cycling in Tokyo, especially with kids, might not cross your mind as a holiday activity during your stay in the buzzy metropolis. However, we have explored the city many times on two wheels and consider it one of the best ways to get around and see the streets of the Japanese capital. Both adults and children are allowed to ride on the pavement (sidewalk to my American readers), which makes it both very easy and safe at the same time.
Having seen most of the sights the city has on offer on previous visits we decided to get away from the main attractions and explore the docklands and urban sprawl towards Haneda Airport. Using our own folding bikes we left our Airbnb holiday rental house in Meguro behind heading south following the Meguro River on the eastern side. We first passed the Meguro outdoor pool, a fun and refreshing place we had visited a few times before, and is a great place to go with kids, especially in the sticky, summer heat. There also is an indoor pool, which is open all year round. The pool was already busy with swimmers, young and old despite the early time of day.
The quiet back road along the riverside is ideal for riding a bike with kids, even younger ones, away from the main traffic with only the odd car passing now