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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 [...]

Hakone Ropeway

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Update, Dec. 2019: The cable car running between Gora and Sounzan will be until the end of March, but Hakone Ropeway is now working, so you can visit Owakudani and Lake Ashi [...]

How to get a Hakone Free Pass?

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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 [...]

Owakudani alert level Raised slightly

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You may have heard already, but they raised the volcano alert level from1/5 up to 2/5. It still seems fairly safe. Our guest houses should be ok, unless there was a major [...]

Hakone Ropeway (Gondola)

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Hakone Ropeway The Hakone Ropeway (箱根ロ-プウエイ) or Gondola as it probably should be called in correct English, is part of the Hakone Round Course, a popular [...]

Owakudani

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Owakudani is a very beautiful, and mystical spot in Hakone.  Its name literally means “Great Boiling Valley.” Want a black egg?  You can have one here [...]