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Hakone & Odawara City Events


Tokyo-Hakone Ekiden: (Annually-January 2nd & 3rd) It’s a long distance marathon relay race done by university teams. It is broadcast on all the TV networks in [...]

Miyagase Lake

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Miyagase Lake is a stunningly beautiful area and suitable for day trips by car from Minamiashigarashi (from Kevin’s Guesthouse or Merry Lue’s Guesthouse). To get [...]

Hakone Area & Kevin’s Guesthouse


I mini-documentary about our area, Kevin’s Guest House, and a short interview of me is on YouTube. Watch it! The video includes: Daiyuzan Temple (Saijoji), Only Yu Hot [...]

How to get to Gotemba Outlet Mall?

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How to Get to Gotemba Outlet Mall Take the Daiyuzan line train to Odawara. Transfer to the Odakyu line. Go to Shin Matsuda Station. Transfer to the Gotemba line. Take the [...]

How to get a Hakone Free Pass?


How to get a Hakone Free Pass? When you arrive at Odawara station, you can proceed to the Odakyu Line office to buy a Hakone free pass, which then covers the rest of the [...]

Try to fit in While you are in Japan


I tried in various languages to explain to an Asian gentleman that it wasn’t ok in Japan to have your phone set to speaker phone and to be speaking loudly into it on a [...]

How to Buy Tickets to Events in Japan


There are often small shops that resell tickets to movies, concerts, and train tickets. These shops are located near major train stations like Odawara Station. Another way to [...]

Odawara Forest Adventure Park

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This aerial course, is built through a pristine forest and is comprised of ladders, bridges, swings, nets, and giant zip lines. You are equipped with a harness and attached [...]