Types of Bikes

Our bikes for beginners to advanced cyclists.

We provide cross bikes and road bikes prepared with professional safety maintenance.

Cross bike 145cm~185cm
Road bike 145cm~180cm
Kids bike 120cm~150cm

Famous Bicycle Brands

Well known quality brand bicycles from all over the world are prepared at our store. (More brand information will be uploaded soon.)

ex: Bianchi, MERIDA, RALEIGH, Anchor, GIOS, CENTURION, COLNAGO, SCOTT, RIDLEY, KOGA, corratec、GIANT, macchi・・・and more!

※Please let us know if there is a specific brand you prefer.
Occasionally we may not have your preferred brand available, and appreciate your understanding in this matter.

Cross bike

Cross bike

Cross bike rider height range: 145cm~185cm

Rider’s position will be similar to that of a city bike, so we recommend it for sports bike beginners. 3 X 8=24 speeds. Components set up for long rides to ensure rider’s comfort.

Road bike

Road bike

Road bike rider height range: 145cm~180cm

Professional road bikes suitable for speedy cycling. Perfect for those who are confident in their endurance. 2 X 9=18 speeds. Our road bicycles are scrutinously maintained to ensure optimum riding performance.

Kids bike

Kids bike

rider height 120cm~150cm

For those with kids who want to enjoy cycling around Lake Biwa, we prepare bikes whose tire size is 20~24 inches. We put the same effort into preparing our kids bikes that we do for adult bikes to ensure the whole family enjoys their ride!
※ We may recommend a cross bike (XS size) depending on rider height, physical strength and so on.

Original Brand

Biwaichi × macchi cycles

We at “Biwako Isshu Rental Cycle” are proudly developing our own original sports bikes.
We incorporate a chromoly steel frame which is specialized for long rides such as going around Lake Biwa.

Bicycles made from chromoly are lightweight and strong, reducing fatigue on long rides. This is absolutely necessary for riding around Lake Biwa.

Macchi Cycles and our rental bike shop have joined forces to create an original chromoly bike made here in Shiga and offer it as a rental bike option. We hope to highlight the appeal of high performance bicycles to our customers!

It is attractive that custom bike builders such as Macchi Cycles can accept ambitious orders. Expressing curves with thin pipes is bike builder Mr. Ueda ‘s specialty. Carrier racks are custom fit to each bicycle, and are one-of-a-kind.
Bold plating and striping are a signature of exquisite Macchi design.

The concept of this original bike was inspired by beauty of Shiga, and the undying love it’s people have for it, as well as a consideration for guests who have the courage to take on the challenge of Biwaichi.
It is our wish that you can travel in style and comfort, and enjoy your ride with no limitations. There is no end to our journey to develop the best bikes for Biwaichi. Every time a new bike is created, it should give us surprises and excitement!

Price & Time

Rental Fees

Helmets, lights, and keys are included in the rental fee.
(The rental fee doesn’t change if you don’t require these items)

Days Road bike Cross bike Kids bike
Weekday Quick Plan 1 day ¥4,500 ¥3,500 ¥3,500
Weekday Good Value Plan 2 day ¥6,500 ¥5,500 ¥5,500
Weekday Enjoyable Plan 3 day ¥7,500 ¥6,500 ¥6,500
Days Road bike Cross bike Kids bike
Weekday Quick Plan
1 day ¥4,500 ¥3,500 ¥3,500
Weekday Good Value Plan
2 day ¥6,500 ¥5,500 ¥5,500
Weekday Enjoyable Plan
3 day ¥7,500 ¥6,500 ¥6,500

※ Weekday pricing does not include holidays or weekends.

Weekend Quick Plan 1 day ¥5,500 ¥4,500 ¥4,500
Weekend Standard Plan 2 day ¥7,500 ¥6,500 ¥6,500
Weekend Leisurely Plan 3 day ¥9,500 ¥8,500 ¥8,500
Weekend Quick Plan
1 day ¥5,500 ¥4,500 ¥4,500
Weekend Standard Plan
2 day ¥7,500 ¥6,500 ¥6,500
Weekend Leisurely Plan
3 day ¥9,500 ¥8,500 ¥8,500

※ Weekend plans are for Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Additional charge after 3 days per day ¥2,500 ¥2,000 ¥2,000
Bicycle Return Option per bike ¥2,500 ¥2,500 ¥2,500
Additional charge after 3 days/th>
per day ¥2,500 ¥2,000 ¥2,000
Bicycle Return Option
per bike ¥2,500 ¥2,500 ¥2,500

※Fee for one time, one bike. The quantity of bikes that can be returned is limited. So advanced reservations are required.
For more information, please use the link provided below. Bicycle Return Options

Biwaichi Safety Service

In the event a rental bike from our store is damaged in an accident or some other situation, we will cover the cost of repair up to 5000 yen.
For damages costing more than 5000 yen, the difference will be charged. The 5000 yen coverage does not include bicycle pickup in the event the bicycle is rendered unrideable.

Contact us before you have another store repair a flat tire, and it will also be covered by the Biwaichi Safety Service. If you bring a receipt, an additional 2000 yen will be covered.
Customers must return damaged items, otherwise they can not receive our Biwaichi Safety Service.

※ Cases not covered by Biwaichi Safety Service.

 ・Failure to contact us when the trouble occurs.
 ・Accidents and troubles which occur when cycling at night between dusk and dawn.
 ・Accidents and troubles which occur past the rental return deadline without notice.
 ・Accidents and troubles caused by reckless and irresponsible riding.
 ・Accidents and troubles caused when violating traffic rules.
 ・Damage and corrosion due to negligence.
 ・Accidents and troubles attributed to misuse.
 ・Accidents and troubles when cycling off paved roads such as lakeshores, mountains, and riversides.
 ・Accidents and troubles caused by riders who do not register at reception.
 ・Accidents and troubles caused by riding under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
 ・At an accident case, you neglect to contact us and the police from the scene of the accident.
 ・At an accident case, if you don’t receive an accident report by the police.
 ・The adversary party is responsible for the accident entirely.
 ・When settling a case out of court without contacting us.
 ・When the customer violates our lease agreement.
 ・Accidents caused by towing or boosting.
 ・Special terms will be applied if customer uses bicycles for any experiments or games.

Price Clarification

The rental term ‘1 day’ does not mean 24 hours. Means ‘1 business day’.
Please note that bikes must be returned within business hours (9AM – 5PM) on the same day, otherwise riders will be charged for a second day.

Business Hours

Rentals and returns are available from 9AM to 5PM.

We confirm the rental and return time upon reservation
due to the limit of number of bikes available.
Please let us know in advance if the return time will be delayed.

The Date of Rental

Please arrive in the shop at least 5 minutes prior to your ride.
Bikes cannot be taken before the specified time on your reservation.
Customers need to read a letter of acceptance and agreement for bicycle rental, then complete a form.
After completing the form, please give it to a staff member.
The staff member will check the form, after which you must pay for your rental.
Only cash will be accepted as a valid payment. Credit cards are not acceptable.


Options Fee

※For items without a price, there is no rental charge. However, if a consumable item is used such as patches, there will be a replacement fee.

  • Inner Tube & Tire Lever

  • Saddle Cushion Cover / 300yen

  • Fender

  • Tire Repair Kit

  • Sunglasses / 300yen

  • Gloves / 500円
Rental Procedure Flowchart

About bike rentals

We do not provide our service to groups consisting of riders who are elementary school or junior high school students. Please be sure to visit our store with guardians.

Customers who are renting bicycles in groups consisting only of high school students or groups under 20 years of age must download the consent form below and give it to our staff on the day of rental.

If the representative of the group is a minor, we may request the consent of a legal guardian. Thank you for your understanding.

About Booking

Reservations must be made 2 days in advance.

●For Reservations Made the Day Before

・If you decide to cancel your reservation, a cancellation fee will be applied as per our cancellation policy.
・Due to the time required to prepare bicycles properly, there may be a wait.

●For Same Day Reservations

・Due to the time required to prepare bicycles properly, there may be a wait. Priority will be given to customers with advance reservations.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the labor required to maintain and prepare bicycles, cancellations will be treated as follows:

A cancellation fee will be charged for canceling or changing dates in less than two business days before the scheduled rental date. In the event of a cancellation caused by weather issues, please contact us for a consultation.

Please contact us for cancellations, changing a reservations etc during business hours (9AM~5PM). Response may be delayed due to circumstances of personnel and any event. We appreciate your understanding. Please contact us and consult as soon as possible to avoid any complications.

Reservation cancellations or changes will be confirmed by our staff via email or voicemail, and will not be considered complete otherwise. Please be mindful of this.

Cancellation charges are listed below.

By 5PM 2 days before the scheduled rental date.
Cancellation fee will not be charged.
from 5PM 2 days before to 5PM the day before the scheduled rental date.
The cost will be calculated by the number of bikes you rent times the cancellation fee of the amount of days you reserved (Weekdays: 1500 yen per day Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays: 2000 yen per day)”
after 5PM the day before the scheduled rental date.
100% of the total rental fee will be charged.

For reservation detail changes (date changes, number of bikes, etc) your reservation will be canceled once, and then remade.
→ Depending on the details of the reservation, we may not be able to alter the details.

eg: If you change your reservation (one cross bike for Saturday and Sunday ) by 5PM on Friday (the day prior to your reservation).

Case A:you change your reservation to the following Saturday and Sunday.
→ 4000 yen cancellation fee will be charged. (The cost of a weekend cancellation fee for two days)

Case B:you delay your reservation by a day (Sunday and Monday).
→ 2000 yen cancellation fee will be charged. (The price for a weekend cancellation fee for one day)

In both cases, the initial rental fee will be charged as usual.

To avoid a cancellation fee, simply cancel or reschedule two business days in advance.
For more details on cancellation fees, please contact us by phone or email.

※ Cancellation is based on 【Start date of rent】.

※ Due to preparation and maintenances for bikes, If you are a large group or rent bikes for a long term, or some other irregular requests, we may also offer you other options. Thank you for your understanding.

※ For “irregular requests” please contact us.

※ Please ensure that details are accurate at the time of reservation.

What you need to rent from us.

At reception you may be required to show your ID. Please bring any ID which can verify your name and address such as driver’s license, health insurance card, student ID card etc.