Sakura forecast 2016

It’s still pretty cold here in Tokyo, but we can find some signs of early spring here and there in the city. And, yes, we need to talk about this topic – when the cherry blossoms open flowers? According to the forecast companies it is likely they will start to bloom on March 27 and […]

Cherry blossoms forecast 2015 – Vol. 1

Japanese weather forecast company, Weather Map announced today that they forecast the cherry blossoms may start to bloom in March 24 in Tokyo. Maybe it is too hasty to react nervously to this kind of announcement. Tomorrow’s weather forecast says it will SNOW in Tokyo !(@_@;). But anyway we are such looking forward to cherry […]

Rinko (輪行) to Hanamigawa cycling road

This is Kazu writing. Peter and Kathy, our friends who are repeat guests of our bike tour had wanted to try something new. So we had suggested them to join our trial tour to Hanamigawa, Chiba Prefecture to test our plan by RINKO, train and bike. They had got interested in this idea, so that […]

Rinko to Kamakura – Bike and train

This is Kazu writing. TGCT has been operating three wonderful bike tours in Tokyo downtown and getting good reputations from many guests who had experienced them. There are also nice places to visit outside Tokyo in about one hour range by train. So we have made a plan for an optional bike tour to Enoshima […]

Cold but beautiful winter morning in Tokyo

Hi there I am Masa. We had the coldest morning in Tokyo today. Temperature dropped to -2c. Please take a look at above photos. Some part of the moat, surrounding the Imperial Palace, were frozen. Can you realize that on the photos? I shot these photos on the way to our office. I bike to work every […]

Karuizawa Great Cycling Tour in Golden Week

Hello, I am Kazu. I would like to write on 2013 Karuizawa Great Cycling Tour (KGCT). It was held at Karuizawa, Nagano, known as an old and famous resort area in Japan, on May 4, 2013, in the middle of Golden Week, national holiday week. It was a beautiful day, just blue sky without clouds, […]

Seasonal Sweets, Seasonal Tours

Do you like Japanese sweets? I do! Japanese traditional sweets are called “wagashi (和菓子)”. Wagashi has developed along with Japanese tea ceremony, and wagashi craftsmen try to express seasonal beauties in every piece of sweets to please your eyes and palates. Now cherry blossom season is just around the corner, “Sakura-mochi (桜餅)”, cherry-blossom flavored rice […]

Gingko, an indispensable tree of Japan in this autumn/winter season

Japan is a country with four distinct seasons. Autumn is the season, when the color of the leaves changes. Among many trees is Gingko, which changes the color of its leaves into yellow from late autumn till early winter. Tokyo has several passages that are surrounded by many Gingko trees, which cover the passage with […]