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Updated: March 23, 2020
Explore artsy areas, beaches, museums, and more along this cycling route. You'll go through Shinagawa and Ota to discover everything that makes this part of Tokyo so special. Break away from tours and craft your own urban adventure.
As a starting point to any journey, Shinagawa can be intimidating to any newcomer to Tokyo. However, if you follow the directions in the station to the Konan Exit, your journey to Heiwajima can be relatively painless. When coming out of the Konan Exit, descend the escalators, and you'll see a police box. Look left, and you'll see a small park called Konan Star Park. In front of the park, there is a pool of Docomo Bike Share bicycles for rent. Once you register (relatively painless), jump on a bike with a full battery, and begin your journey.
Bond Street, located on Tennozu Isle has, in recent years, become renowned for street art and hip dining options. This area of Tennozu is the outcome of Tokyo's land grab that resulted in the reclaimed land revolution seen from downtown Tokyo. Tennozu has been rebranded as an art island with a plethora of street art pieces easily viewed throughout the district. Bond Street is essentially a 200-meter canal-side walkway packed with street art and eateries. In 2020, it's also the location of a hot film event. This new addition to Tokyo's art scene is a reflection of the city's love affair with global dining.
This park is not included in many big-name guidebooks, but should never be overlooked. A 30-minute cycle from Bond Street, the park is located on the right side by Kaigan-dori Street. It's a beautiful space with an athletic field and well-coordinated pathways, which all lead to the edge of Omori's section of Tokyo Bay, with stunning views.
Omori used to play a central role in Tokyo's production of nori (seaweed), which still plays a major part in Japanese cuisine such as sushi and onigiri (rice balls). Facing Tokyo Bay, Omori was renowned for nori, and this museum pays well-deserved homage to this historical fact. The museum itself has no English text in the exhibitions, but there is a handy English-language guidebook by the entrance, which gives you the gist of every exhibit and the museum as a whole. The museum has a compact library and PC area for further research (geared toward Japanese speakers), some amazing recreations of what life was like for workers in Omori during the Showa era (1926-1989), as well as some fun, interactive exhibits. On the third floor, which isn't to be missed, you'll find a lovely space with extraordinary views of Tokyo Bay, serving as a lunch space and respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday Tokyo life. There's a door that leads out to a balcony space, where you can take photos and relax in the refreshing sea air.
You don't expect white sandy beaches in Tokyo. The stunning Omori Furusato no Hamabe Park, however, delivers just that. Located on the banks of Tokyo Bay, the park offers picnicking, cycling, and jogging routes, and a large playground for kids. It's the ideal location for a bit of well-needed relaxation, and a reminder of how beautiful Tokyo can be.