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Photos for I am Hakone


Would you like to share your photos of Hakone, Odawara, Minamiashigarashi, Kaisei and Izu and have them appear in I am Hakone? Photos for Kevin’s Blog: I am Hakone If you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fuji Speedway


Fuji Speedway is in Oyama, and not far from Kevin’s Guest House or Merry Lue’s Guest House in Minamiashigarashi. Fuji Speedway Many of our guests stay with us and [...]

Owakudani alert level Raised slightly


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 [...]

Rugby World Cup 2019


Rugby World Cup 2019: One week in Kanagawa Heading to the World Cup later this year? Find out how to make the most of your time in Kanagawa.  (Originally published in [...]

Mount Kintoki


Mount Kintoki or “Kintokisan” as the locals call it, boasts great views of Mount Fuji. Mount Kintoki was formerly called Mount Ashigara, but no one calls it this [...]