Hiking Mount Kintoki

Hiking Mount Kintoki
Located at Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0631
“Mount Kintoki is a great hike, as well as a culturally important mountain. It is the legendary home of Kintaro, a magical boy. There are many trails to access the mountain, and some of them can be pretty challenging. Additionally, there is a bus pass offered by the Hakone Tozan bus that covers all of the bus stops with access to the mountain. At 1,300 yen per person, it is a good deal if you are planning on ascending from most of the trailheads.”
–Hana Joy, Japan Travel
Known for Early Birds, Peace & Quiet, Stunning Views, Iconic Scenes, Secret Spots, Groups, Families, Budget Friendly, Hiking Trail, Touristy
Mount Kintoki: Kintoki Mountain hike. Buses go to Mount Kintoki from Daiyuzan Station. It is about a 90 minute to 2 hour hike to the top of Mount Kintoki. You can get fantastic views of Mount Fuji from there.
“From National Route 138 at Sengokuhara to the south of the mountain, a direct hiking route through the trees to Mt. Kintoki starts at the Kintoki Shrine, and a second route through a hillside expanse of mountain bamboo heads towards the Yagurasawa Pass, before finally turning towards to the upper slopes of Mt. Kintoki — a third trail from Route 138 via the Otome Pass has stretches of steep and deeply eroded dirt, and is best used as a way down the mountain. (At the east exit of the Odawara railway station, a public bus to Sengokuhara leaves from the #4 bus stop).” –Bob Bideo

Saijoji Temple


Saijoji Temple

Located at Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Prefecture

Address: 1157 Daiyucho, Minamiashigara, Kanagawa 250-0127
Phone:+81 465-74-3121

“All seasons at Saijoji are lovely, but 10,000 hydrangea bushes lining the road to the temple make June especially lovely. The autumn colors are equally impressive.”

Known for Point of Interest, Early Birds, Peace & Quiet, Stunning Views, Iconic Scenes, Secret Spots, Groups, Families, Touristy

Saijoji or Daiyuzan Temple deserves to be more famous than it is. My very own brother felt “it was the best temple in Japan,” and he has been to Nikko and seen the temples there. What makes Saijoji different? Apart from the fact that my very own father in law did much of the beautiful roof work on the temples, Saijoji is very big and the setting is fantastic. Nestled in an old growth forest, far from the hubbub of the city, you can truly get in touch with nature, in touch with yourself and perhaps even in touch with God. Be sure to take a camera! There are over 30 halls and temple buildings to see, plus the surrounding nature can`t be beat!

“Saijoji, located in southern Kanagawa Prefecture, is an amazing temple that even most Japanese have never heard of. The temple was founded in 1394 by Ryoan Emyo Zenji, former head priest of Sojiji, one of the two head temples of the Soto Zen Buddhism Sect.”
– Sandra Isaka, Travel Writer

You can have lunch of soba or udon at the restaurant on the way to the temple, and at other restaurants near the parking lot of the temple.  Cheap, healthy and good!

By train (from Shinjuku):

Take the Odakyu Odawara Line (Rapid Train) to Odawara Station. From there, transfer to the Izu Hakone Tetsudo Daiyuzan Line and get off at Daiyuzan Station. The bus station is right next to the train station. Take the bus heading to Daiyuzan Saijōji and get off at Daiyuzan Saijōji Temple. Travel time is approximately two and a half hours.

By car:
Take the Tomei Expressway and exit at Ōi-Matsuda.


If you come in June, be sure to visit the next town to Minamiashigarashi, Kaisei Town, and go to the Ajisai Matsuri (hydrangea festival).   Beautiful!

Asahi Beer Factory Tour

Asahi Beer Factory Tour – アサヒビール園神奈川・足柄店

Located at Minamiashigara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0106

Known for Brewery, Rainy Days, Groups, Families, Touristy

Asahi Beer Garden has tours in English and Japanese. Best to call them to reserve: 0465-70-5251. There is a restaurant and you can drink freshly made beer for a very cheap price. The factory is beautiful and looks like a resort.

More Information:

1223 Nuda, Minami Ashigara, Kanagawa
[Tour hours]
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Year end and New Year’s Day, plus designated holidays
Reservations and inquiries
Phone: +81-465-72-6270
Phone hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
※ Please reserve by phone to book tours with an English-speaking guide.

Denny`s Minamiashigara

Denny’s Minamiashigara

Located at Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0111

Known for Restaurant, Families, Budget Friendly, Breakfast & Brunch

If you are tired of Japanese breakfasts, Denny`s is a good place to go for a western style breakfast and it is a 20 minute walk straight down the road from our house. Walk past Daiyuzan Station and keep going straight. Go throught the runnel. You will see it on the left hand side after the tunnel. It is located on the border of Kaisei Town and Minamiashigarashi. It is across the street from Starbuck`s.

Suwabe`s Bakery

Suwabe`s Bakery – スワベ洋菓子店
Located at Sekimoto Minamiashigara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 250-0122

It is near Daiyuzan Station and Kevin`s Guest House.

Known for Bakery, Early Birds, Peace & Quiet, Breakfast & Brunch, Touristy

Suwabe`s Bakery is about 150 metres down the road towards Daiyuzan Station from our house. Have a cup of coffee, go there for brunch or breakfast. Iizumi is fluent in English, and studied English at Kevin`s English Schools for ten years. Her baked goods are great and famous in the area. Enjoy cakes, muffins, coffee and more.

LandLoaf Bakery

LandLoaf Bakery

Located at Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Prefecture

It is betweem Wadagahara Station and Tsukahara Station. It is very near to the train line.

Known for Bakery, Rainy Days, Families, Breakfast & Brunch

Land Loaf in the Tsukahara area of Minamiashigara, is very popular with locals. One reason is the buildings are striking, and French style. The other is that they serve a large variety of baked goods and free coffee. There is another branch in Odawara.

Rating: ***/5

Yumean Minamiashigara

Yumean Minamiashigara

Located at Minamiashigara, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0124
Known for: Restaurant, Rainy Days, Groups, Families
Yumean is a 20 minute walk from our house. It is near Wadagagara Station. It is a Japanese style family restaurant, serving daily Japanese food.
Rating: ***/5

Annapurna Indian Restaurant

Annapurna Indian Restaurant

Minamiashigarashi, Kanagawa

Rating: ****/5

Known for: Restaurant, Rainy Days, Late Nights, Groups, Families, Budget Friendly
Annapurna is an Indian Restaurant and Bar.
Address: Kano 63-4, Minamiashigarashi 250-0126.
It is near Kevin`s Guest House and is open until quite late at night. Telephone 0465-74-8005 – some of the staff can speak English. They all speak Japanese too. The staff are mostly from Nepal I think. Great food, great service. I recommend this restaurant. To get there from our guest house, just go up the road over the bridge towards Daiyuzan Station, but at the second interestion you come to, turn right. Go straight for about 200 metres and you will see Annapurna on your left.

House Cleaners wanted in Minamiashigara 

House cleaners wanted near Odawara-part-time, many shifts available.

Wanted house cleaners in Minamiashigara. ¥1200/hour. Cleaners for all days needed. Part-time work. Great for housewives and people who want to practice a little English.2 hour long shifts available – 11:00-13:00 or 10:00-12:00 noon 
Email: kevinsenglishschools@hotmail.com

Cleaning Person wanted in Minamiashigarashi

Cleaning Person Wanted in Minamiashigarashi for Guest House/English Schools

Daytime  (not everyday)

Hours somewhat flexible


You will clean our buildings in Iizawa and Tsukahara.

You will sometimes meet guests and pass them the key to the school/guest house.

You may need to help in an emergency.

Ability to speak and write English is preferred.

Good cleaning skills necessary

Pay 1200 Yen/hour

Email Kevin:   kevinsenglishschools@hotmail.com

Work Starts in May or June, depending on your availability

Good part-time job for housewife.

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