“Kagorin”, a public bike sharing system, is a great way to travel around the city of Kagoshima and save up costs on transportation!
When traveling, you often think it would be more convenient if you have a bicycle. Getting around the city by a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore every corner of the city. You can just stop and get a glimpse of a narrow street with some hidden shops and local spots you usually go past. For locals, including me, who do not have a bicycle, Kagorin is a good system to get a bicycle and run some errands. On a personal note, I do not want to buy a bicycle here because the volcanic ash turns it rustier quite easily.
Kagoshima’s bike sharing system called “ Kagorin” has 21 docking stations and 174 bikes in circulation across the city which are available 24x7 for 365 days a year. The system covers the central area of Kagoshima city including its popular sightseeing spots that are scattered all around the city.
Let’s have a look at how to hire a bike. Here is a step by step guide to hire one.
First, go to one of the docking stations to sign up. You can sign up on the navigation screen installed at each station. Push “ English” to change the language options provided on the screen, and then touch “Rental” to move to the next page. There are 4 languages available namely, Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese to cater to different tourists.
Your only requirement is a mobile phone number starting with a“ 090”, a “080” or a “070” which receive a short message service. For international travelers, it is not likely to have a local mobile phone or a local phone number. But there is another option for that. You can visit the Takapura branch of JTB, a travel agency in Tenmonkan area (check the location on the map below) and have them issue a Kagorin IC card. It requires your identification and 500 yen per card as a deposit. Once you receive a Kagorin IC card you can take it to a docking station for signing up to the Kagorin rental system.Takapura branch of JTB is about 10 minutes by tram from Kagoshima-chuo station. The map below will lead you there.