I am currently in Saitama, a prefecture of Japan in the Greater Tokyo area. despite being overshadowed by nearby Tokyo, Saitama is a city in its own right and a dense one at that, more so than most cities in the UK. Cycling here is a mainstream mode of transport used by young and old, man and woman alike. There are parked bicycles everywhere.
I have seen very little in the way of cycle parking facilities by UK standards, other than designated areas and structures to support cycles. No-one seems bothered about locking bikes up beyond a rear-wheel lock. These immobilised bicycles can be seen everywhere.
I assume that this area outside a chain restaurant is designed for cycle parking.
I spotted this cycle shelter by a small apartment building at around 16:45. I imagine it is more full after working hours.
This higher-density facility was provided for a slightly larger apartment building.
This alleyway near some fairly low-density (by Japanese city standards) housing is used for bicycle storage.
This space between restaurants and other businesses is used for medium-density cycle parking for customers and staff.
Underneath a Shinkansen train station, the large area is divided into blocks to help passengers find their bikes on their way home. Again, no Sheffield stands, just bikes on kick-stands with rear-wheel locks.