Photo/IllutrationAn electric scooter rented from Germany-based Wind Mobility, near Urawa Misono Station in Saitama’s Midori Ward on March 19 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Add mopeds and electric scooters to the exploding list of convenient transportation options available to get around Tokyo.

Users of a new app from OpenStreet Co. can reserve colorful three-wheel mopeds to rent. They then pick the mopeds up at an underground parking lot of a high-rise in the capital's Chiyoda Ward.

The bike-share company affiliated with Softbank Group Corp. debuted the app on Sept. 20 with 20 mopeds placed in four parking lots across Tokyo’s 23 wards available for rent.

For a monthly fee of 1,000 yen ($9.23) app users can check availability of mopeds and reserve them. An additional 160 yen is charged for each 15 minutes the vehicle is rented.

Users can pay for the rentals via their smartphones and return them at any of the four lots.

Other companies are also offering mopeds and electric scooters, popular in Europe and the United States, in selected areas in the Kanto region.

The Japanese arm of Germany-based Wind Mobility GmbH began its e-scooter rental service in March.

The company offers 40 vehicles with a top speed of 19 kph at nine locations in Saitama and Chiba. It costs 100 yen to unlock an e-scooter and an additional 25 yen per minute to rent one.

Japanese companies are also looking at growth opportunities in overseas sharing services.

Telecommunications giant KDDI Corp. has invested in a U.S. transportation company that provides the e-scooter sharing business, Lime, through its affiliated fund.

Because e-scooters are considered motorized bicycles under Japanese law, they must have license plates and turn signals. Riders must also wear helmets and have a driver's license.