Gifu City Rental Bike Program

The path along the Nagara River makes for a nice bike ride.

Earlier this month, Gifu City introduced 20 new electric-powered bikes into their popular rental program. These “Nobunaga Go” bikes were introduced as part of the city’s year-long Lord Nobunaga 450 Project, and can be rented for the same price as the normal bikes (¥100).

Even before the addition of electric bikes, Gifu City’s rental bike project had an unbelievably large fleet of 115 bikes stationed at seven different ports around the city:
1.) JR Gifu South-Entrance (47)
2.) Gifu City Hall (10)
3.) Gifu Park (20)
4.) Cormorant Fishing Viewing-Boat Docks (3)
5.) Nagara River Ukai Museum (20)
6.) Gifu Media Cosmos (5)
7.) Gifu City Nagara River Disaster Prevention and Wellness Station (10)

Gifu Station Port

Gifu Park Port

You can reach any of Gifu’s sightseeing destinations quite easily with these rental bikes.
Some destinations might include: Gifu Castle, Gifu’s 13.6 meter-tall Great Buddha Statue, and Media Cosmos. There are also maps located at each of the ports that include biking routes to various points of interesting, ranging from eight to 16+ km for those that don’t like planning tours themselves!
When picking up a bike just be prepared to show some form of identification (either an alien residency card, or passport if you are visiting), and make sure to check when the port closes.

Media Cosmos

The Great Buddha Statue

Here are a few rules to remember (even if you see other people breaking them!):
※Ride with traffic, not against it
※When on a sidewalk, pedestrians have the right of way
※Obey traffic signals

Gifu City has a lot of places to visit, and with these rental bikes those of you who also enjoy a bit of exercise can kill two birds with one stone (and at 100 yen it’s practically free!).

For your reference, here is the Japanese website for the program:
http://www.city.gifu.lg.jp/9790.htm

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