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Writer and teacher in Japan

Kamakura is a Nice Day Trip

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From the Minamiashigarashi, Odawara, and Hakone area, Kamakura is a nice day trip. It was once Japan`s capital and there are many things to see. There are beautiful temples, [...]

Lake Ashi where Some have seen UFOs

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Like the rest of Hakone, Lake Ashi is a beautiful area full of nature but some have reported seeing UFO activity as well. A reader of I am Hakone from Korea contacted me to [...]

Beautiful Minamiashigara

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While Hakone is famous and deservedly so, many places in Japan are underrated. Minamiashigara is one of those places. Even Tokyo people don’t know Minamiashigara. They [...]

Restaurant Recommendations in Odawara

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Hyoka Gyosa is near Don Quixote in downtown Odawara. It’s a very good Chinese restaurant. Bonchan is across the street from Hyoka Gyosa and Daiso. It’s a very good [...]

Only Yu Hot Spring

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Only Yu Hot Spring or “onsen” in Japanese is one of the best hot springs around and lucky for you, it is right in Minamiashigara City. You can catch their free shuttle [...]

How to be a Good Guest on Airbnb?

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Why do some guests get bad reviews from hosts and others get great reviews? Why are some guests banned? What do hosts expect from guests? Airbnb is a great service and it is [...]

Need a Job?

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ゲストハウスの清掃スタッフ募集!週1〜2回勤務、主婦の方歓迎!Learn [...]

Hakone – Some of my Favorite Places

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There are too many interesting places to mention in Hakone. But here are some of my favorites. Come with me on a journey to get an onsen tamago (a boiled egg, cooked by a [...]

Odawara Castle these Days

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This is what Odawara Castle looks like these days. Beautiful! Kevin R Burns Odawara Castle Beautiful Odawara, one of Japan’s unsung sightseeing [...]