I was lucky enough to travel to Japan earlier this year to check out some Japanese bikes and frame builders.
Japan is heaven for bike lovers in particular for those who appreciate the simplicity of a singlespeed bike. In central Tokyo alone, there are over 10 specialty stores catering for all things fixed. The address/details of the ones i visited are at the bottom of the page.
In Kyoto i visited, ‘Darwin’, a little store in Okazaki Sakyo. The owner was extremely friendly & happy as it was the first day he’d ridden his new Bmc RaceMaster into work.
My favourite bike shop was in Kyoto. I randomly discovered it whilst lost within the suburbs.
If you’re ever in Tokyo I highly recommend a visit to Sex on Super Peace in Shibuya-ku. The grand daddy of all bike stores in Japan.
Naru and the guys have brought together their passions for bikes, music & surfing to create one of the most amazing places.
The streets in Japan are literally swamped with bikes…and Aerospokes.
Dept (www.dept.jp) had stores in Osaka & Tokyo and stocked some great stuff. Picked up a U-lock from the store in Osaka as I’d lost my Kryptonite Mini 2 weeks before.
If you ever get the chance to visit Japan, you won’t regret it. Everything had its own subtle nuance and self-assuredness. From the uber efficient train network to the little Ramen shops.
Thanks also to Charlie for putting up with my bicycle excitement over the trip.
Bicycle shops in Tokyo
Carnival – J-Six Building 2F (6-23-11 Jinguu-mae, Shibuya-ku) Open 13-21:00. Owner previously studied English in Brisbane for 2 years and was happy to have a chat.
W-base (Same building below Carnival).
Sex on Super Peace – (22-5 Shinsencho, Shibuya-ku) Open 12:30-20:30
Blue Lug – (1-58-7 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku) Open 14-22:00. Closed Wed
Jan – (6-2-1 Hovikivi, Katsushika-ku) Open 12-20:00. Closed Tue (Daisuke is the owner- ex pro boarder & top bloke).
Depot Cycle + Recycle – (2-32-5 Ichikawa, Ichikawa-si, Chiba) Open 12-20:00 (Owned by Minato san).
Kalavinka (1-16-21 Meguro-honmachi, Meguro-ku) Open 13:30-18:30. Owned by Tanabe san
Punch cycle (1-5-10 Kaminari-mon, Taito-ku) Open 18-23:00. (Owner Kita san)
Fig Bike (2-33-5-1 2f Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku) Open 12-21:00. Closed Wed
Darwin (2-8 Saishoji, Okazaki Sakyo, Kyoto) darwin-kyoto.com
Ocean Cycle Factory (1-21-9 Minami Horie, Nishi-ku, Osaka)