Special ride in Nagano

We, staffs of Tokyo Great Cycling Tour traveled to Karuizawa, Nagano during Golden Week holiday in this year as has happened in the past. This year, we have decided to head to Kirizumi Onsen which is located in the deep mountain in Gunma prefecture.  The first 2 hours were rather easy ride with lots of […]

Travel deep into the rural Japan – Akita

Tourism Agency announced yesterday that the total number of visitors to Japan increased by 21.8% from the previous year. More than 24 million tourists visited Japan last year but the same number in 2006 was just about 7 million, so this is really a big jump! However, still tourists are visiting only specific areas such […]

There is a happy hell in Japan !

Hi there. I am Masa. I visited snow monkey park in new year holiday with my family. We saw many monkeys soaking in the natural hot spring.That was very interesting. The official name of Snow monkey park is Jigokudani- Yaen-koen (地獄谷野猿公園) which literary means Hell valley wild monkey park. In Japan hot spring where we […]

We love cycling! We also love skiing!!

Photo Yukiko @ Manza Onsen Ski Area We are operating the bike tour also in winter season. Actually as we have told many times, cycling on a sky clear, sunny and crispy day in winter is very comfortable. All of TGCT staff love cycling in winter. However, at the same time, all of us also love skiing in […]

Masa’s Onsen (Hot Spring) Short Story Vol.2

It situated in the northwestern part of Tokyo, and it takes about three hours by car or by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, Tsubame Onsen (Hot Spring) in Myoko highland of Niigata prefecture is now at the height of the fall foliage. There are eight small Onsen Ryokans (Japanese inns with hot spring) scattered on the either […]

Masa’s Onsen (Hot Spring) Short Story Vol.1

I Recently visited  Houshi Onsen in Gunma Prefecture, two hours away from  central Tokyo by car. This was the view I enjoyed from my room, pictureque main building of this Onsen Ryokan and beyond the river is the roof of the new annex ward. Shortly after breakfast in my room, it seemed that I had happily fallen back to sleep. I […]