Many people want to explore Japan by bicycle. Especially in rural areas, not many buses or trains are in operation, so it is convenient if you have a bicycle, as you can set your own time schedule and route. Shops that rent out bicycles each set their own rules. Some charge by the day, others by the hour. You might have to pay in advance or pay a deposit. Usually there are no refunds if you return the bike early, so plan the amount of time you will need the bike for and pay accordingly.