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Lake Ashi where Some have seen UFOs


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 [...]

Only Yu Hot Spring


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 [...]

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There is a website called Booked net It listed our guest house without permission and other guest house owners have said the same thing. You cannot book our Guesthouse [...]

Minamiashigarashi Events


Doryosan Hatsumode Jan. 1st Join the crowds and come and pray. A truly Japanese experience. The Daiyuzan line was built in 1921 so that people could more easily come to this [...]

Hakone & Odawara City Events

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Short Video of Hakone by Jonah Kishiya Tokyo-Hakone Ekiden: (Annually-January 2nd & 3rd) It’s a long distance marathon relay race done by university teams. It is [...]

Sports Bars in Odawara

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The best sports bars in the Odawara-Hakone area are in downtown Odawara. If you want to watch rugby or soccer, these are the places to go: Celts Just a five minute walk from [...]

Hakone Ropeway


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 [...]

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 [...]

Merry Lue’s Guesthouse


We have been refurbishing Merry Lue ‘s Guesthouse. Both suites look very good now. I think guests will enjoy staying there even more! Here are some photos! Cooking Show [...]