Minamiashigara Sports Park

Great playground for the kids. We used to take our kids to run around there and have fun. Huge baseball diamond, a large pond and more. Recommended if you have a car and young children.  There are many tennis courts too, but you usually have to pre-book them. Free parking.  Great place for a picnic and an run around with young kids.

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!

地震 死ぬかと思った!

地震 死ぬかと思った!

Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!

2011年3月11日 神奈川県横浜にて



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!

Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!






Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!

日本人は事を隠している、もしくは糖衣していると感じる人もいるでしょう。 彼らはただFOX NEWSをやりたくなかっただけだと感じています。彼らは誇大広告を避け、慎重なやり方で説明しようとしているのです。世界が見るにつれて、皆の目を騙すことは難しくなりました。


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!



Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った!


Earthquake Nippon – 地震 死ぬかと思った! 2011

Daiyuzan Trail: The Other Side

Daiyuzan Trail: The Other Side

Hakone is a popular destination for tourists who come for the many hot springs, fancy restaurants and historic ryokan (inns). But, it’s also favored hikers and trail runners who come for the miles of well groomed trails. However, just over the mountains, on the “other side,” is a small, not-so-well-known town called Minami-Ashigara (南足柄). Read More

Google translates the Japanese pollen report

Google translates the Japanese pollen report (via Richard Baladad): Cute!

“The amount of cedar pollen, has been calm compared to the peak period of March to mid on. However, some places better because there is a possibility that the fly very much, went on measures still looks good. In addition, the amount of scattered Japanese cypress pollen is increasing. For those who react to both the cedar and cypress, hard times are likely to continue. Until early April, beware the double whammy of cedar and cypress.”