Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yoga in Odawara: First Class, October 6th

Hello everyone,

I'd like to recommend a yoga course which will be starting soon for
the first time in Odawara. It is perfect for beginners as well as
those with some experience and who are not yet familiar with
Sivananda Yoga, which is classical, traditional, authentic yoga. It
is a system for lifelong physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
There is frequent relaxation between asanas (poses) and an emphasis
on proper breathing and positive thinking. The teacher, Akira
Sugiura, is a certified Sivananda instructor who has lived, studied,
and taught in India. Also a Laughter Yoga leader trainer, he has
traveled to many other countries and is completely bilingual. He
will be coming from Tokyo to teach this class. There will be only a
small number of students, and each will receive plenty of individual
attention. Feel free to ask any questions about the course prior to
reservation. If you provide your mailing address, I'll be glad to
send you a flyer. Hope to see you there!

First class: Monday, October 6, 2008
Dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00
Place: Itabashi Kominkan #59, behind Hakone
Itabashi station, one stop from Odawara on the Odakyu Line, 3 minute
Instructor: Akira Sugiura, certified Sivananda Yoga
Instructor recognized by Indian government
Fee: 10 sessions for 20,000 yen, or 2,500 yen for
one session
What to bring: yoga mat and comfortable clothing
Reservations: Please reserve by Tuesday, September 30th.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

How to Get to the Yunessun Spa in Hakone

Pictured: Tree covered walk in Hakone

Odawara to Yunessun:

You can take the Hakone Tozan Bus from Odawara to Togendai and get off at Senkyoro mae.

Or you can do this:

In Odawara, take the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Hakonemachi and get off at Kowakien (30 minutes, 810 Yen, covered by the Hakone Free Pass). There are buses at least every 30 minutes. Yunessun is just a few steps from Kowakien bus stop.

Yunessun to Senkyoro Ryokan:

From Yunessun bus stop (just in front of the door of Yunessun), take the Hakone Tozan Bus bound for Hakone-Yumoto or Odawara. Get off at "Hotel-mae" bus stop (5 minutes, 240 Yen, covered by Hakone Free Pass, departures every 15-20 minutes).

At "Hotel-mae" bus stop, transfer to the Hakone Tozan bus bound for Togendai, which departs from a different bus stop, a few steps away from the one where you arrive. Take the bus to "Senkyoro-mae" bus stop (12 minutes, 490 Yen, covered by the Hakone Free Pass, departures every 10-15 minutes).

From posts at

Hakone Yunessan Spa Homepage


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Game Convention in Odawara, October 25th and 26th, 2008

The picture of our home was taken in April would you believe!

Everyone welcome!
Saturday and Sunday October 25th and 26th, 2008
Starts: 1:30PM on Saturday
Where: Kevin`s House
Address: Iizawa 242-23 Minami Ashigara City, Kanagawa

What to bring?
Your shoes, games, beer to bribe Kevin (optional)
We have the house to ourselves for most of the day so we can
get a lot of game playing in and say four letter words eh! I love
4 letter words like: four, dice, damn!

There are a few beds available on a first come first served basis.
Email me if you want a bed. If not bring something to sleep on--sleeping
bag etc. We have a lot of room. We have a Canadian,
Victorian style home imported from Cloverdale,BC.

How to Get There from:

Tokyo, Fujisawa, Atsugi, Machida, Yokohama or Sakhalin:
Take the Odakyu Line to Odawara and be sure to get into one of the
first four train cars as the train splits. Take a Kyuko (express
train) it has red kanji on the side usually next to the door up top.
It takes about 90 minutes. Bring a good book!

Get off at Odawara Station and transfer to the Daiyuzan Line. Get off
at Daiyuzan Station, it takes 21 minutes from Odawara. Take the only
exit, walk straight out to the main street out in front and head left
down that street through the traffic lights (under the covered
pedestrian overpass). Over the bridge and you will see our green
roofed house with "Kevin`s English School" signs plastered all over
the place.

How to Get There:

From Shizuoka, Nagoya and other points South: Take the
Tokaido line or the Shinkansen and get off at Odawara. Transfer to
the Daiyuzan line and follow the directions above (for Tokyo).

**The Shinkansen also stops at Odawara. You take a Kodama Super
Express. It takes about 39 minutes from Tokyo. Costs a little over
3,000 Yen one way.

Take a break from the city and see some mountain views and breathe some fresh air.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people. Games of all kinds
welcome. Bring whatever you would like to play, chances are, others
will want to play it too. We have three guest beds and some futons.
Bring a sleeping bag if you`d like. It is a nice area as well.
A great break from wherever you live with a great bunch of people!

Kevin Burns


Monday, September 01, 2008

Kamonomiya Station


"Kamonomiya is located east of central Odawara, and is home to several of Odawara's main shopping areas including Dynacity, Odawara City Mall and Robinsons. The area around Kamonomiya also contains a number of restaurants, bowling alleys, Karaoke bars, and Odawara's only movie theatres: Toho Cinema (near Robinsons) and Korona World.

The Korona World complex also contains an Onsen hot-spring bath."

--from the Kamonomiya Station Wiki at Wikpedia.

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