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How to Buy Tickets to Events in Japan

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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 [...]

Cafe Ryo

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Cafe Ryo is near Odawara Station and Maiyonoyu Hot Spring Hotel.  It is along a shopping street that leads to one of Odawara`s must see attractions, Odawara Castle. I [...]

Marzo, Italian Restaurant in Odawara

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Marzo is a famous Italian Restaurant near Odawara Castle.  The food was very good.  The service was not.  I think if you are spending a lot of hard earned money for a [...]

I Chose to Live in Odawara

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Believe it or not, I actually chose to live in the Odawara area. In 1993, I came to Japan on the JET program. I was placed in a really inaka town in Tochigi-ken. I was there [...]