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!

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.

Guide to Nagasaki Japan

Guide to Nagasaki Japan

日本、長崎の案内 何を見て、何をしたらいいか。








A Guide to the Tokai Daigaku Mae Area of Kanagawa



My students have made a guide to Tokai University (Shonan Campus) and the surrounding area.    They have restaurant reviews of eating places on campus and near
Shonan Campus.   Plus they recommend sightseeing spots on the campus and nearby, plus information about sports facilities and more.

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A trip to southern Japan, where the ancient weaves through the modern

Hakone, Kanagawa

Into the mountains at Hakone


An hour from Tokyo, this wooded mountain resort area is dotted with small towns and offers stunning views of Mount Fuji. We saw it by taking a tourist circuit that starts with a three-car electric streetcar line (dating to 1919) that chugs into the mountains, till you change to a funicular, which in turn brings you to the ropeway with gondola cars that cross a mountaintop and valley. Finally, you take a tour boat (some are replicas of pirate ships) across Lake Ashi. Buses then return tourists to the rail station for the trip back to Tokyo or to hotels – in our case, the historic Fujiya Hotel, an ornate, 133-year-old beauty perched on the side of a mountain.

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Hakone & Odawara Attractions

Hakone & Odawara Attractions

Forest Adventure
Scale the canopy heights on rope ladders, leap from tree to tree with a Tarzan swing, then zip back to terra firma at Forest Adventure. Offering two locations, this symbiotic natural adventure park is committed to taking the greatest care of its local environment. Guests can feel in harmony with nature, enjoying the forest under the watchful eyes of the animals and birds. It’s a wholesome experience for kids and adults that encourages individuality and a purely natural adrenaline boost. Forest Adventure is open all year round, with each season providing a different forest perspective.

Odawara Just ten minutes from Odawara station by car or public bus is this immense forest of 300-year-old trees that overlook a beautiful stream. Experience the rush of zip sliding over the 106m valley from a tree over 15m tall. The courses are open to anyone aged 6 or older, or over 110cm tall. Odawara & Hakone Attractions