Tateno Cycle in Naka-Furano

Hitting the road by scooter

By R.S. Reynolds    - 3 min read

My feet were getting quite the workout in Hokkaido, but I needed a break. After a little research, I was finding it difficult to locate a place in the Furano region that rented scooters. There were plenty of the pedal variety for rent right outside Furano Station but the heart, mind and body all said, “Scooter!”

A now defunct Furano tourism website did list a bicycle rental shop in the region of Nakafurano that rented 50 cc scooters and – after receiving an email confirmation from the official office of Furano Tourism that indeed the place I found was the only place that rented scooters – my plan was set.

Tateno Cycle is located in Nakafurano. This means that if you are taking the train, as I did, you need to get off at Nakafurano Station. From the website for the organization that is no longer in existence (many of the links to its other pages were dead-ends) I was able to find a price list. I had decided I would rent a scooter for three hours and for ¥2500.

I exited the train station, crossed the first intersection, got to the second intersection and turned left (don’t cross the street). Ten meters later I found myself at Tateno Cycle. The owner, an elderly man, had a slightly suspicious look on his face when I walked in. With my translation app, a few hand gestures and some limited Japanese language skills, I was on my scooter within ten minutes. The rental fee includes a helmet and a rain slicker (in case the weather turns bad) and although I assumed it also included insurance, I still can’t be 100 percent sure.

As with every rental, you need to fill the tank up with gasoline before you turn it in and there are a couple of gas stations on the main street only minutes from the cycle shop. The owner provided a map of the immediate area and drew arrows on it with a pen to show me the best route to see the surrounding vicinity. Of course, I explored even farther into the mountains and surrounding towns.

In my opinion, Furano is a region that requires something more than bipedal propulsion – you’re going to need some wheels, whatever form that may take. In my case, a little research and a little effort resulted in the desired outcome – a scooter to explore Furano. Hopefully, my experience will be to your traveling benefit.

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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
This is what traveling in Japan is all about. Getting off the beaten track and using body language as much as spoken. In the end the cycle rental shop is there for a reason, and a customer is a customer. Like the way that RSR got confirmation from the local tourist office, though. I'm assuming that they, at least, did read/write some English.