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Writer and teacher in Japan

Cycle around Odawara

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After 30 years in Japan, Michael Rice recently settled in Odawara, where he runs a cycling cafe. He shows us Odawara Castle, and introduces artisans making traditional local [...]

Kamakura is a Nice Day Trip

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From the Minamiashigarashi, Odawara, and Hakone area, Kamakura is a nice day trip. It was once Japan`s capital and there are many things to see. There are beautiful temples, [...]

Lake Ashi where Some have seen UFOs

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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 [...]

Beautiful Minamiashigara

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While Hakone is famous and deservedly so, many places in Japan are underrated. Minamiashigara is one of those places. Even Tokyo people don’t know Minamiashigara. They [...]

Restaurant Recommendations in Odawara

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Hyoka Gyosa is near Don Quixote in downtown Odawara. It’s a very good Chinese restaurant. Bonchan is across the street from Hyoka Gyosa and Daiso. It’s a very good [...]

Only Yu Hot Spring

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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 [...]