Backpackers Hostel "J-Hoppers" & "Hana Hostel"

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Enjoy international exchange!!

We J-Hoppers Hostels are always happy to welcome Japanese customers with open arms as well as foreigners customers. Please enjoy international exchange!!

Lovely restaurants and cafes in Takayama

Many guests have a perception that they can only eat beef and Takayama ramen in Takayama. And I shared the same thought during my first visit in Takayama. When time goes by, I realized there are varies of choices in Takayama.

I am going to introduce some of my favorite restaurants in Takayama where you can enjoy the food not only Hida beef and Takayama ramen.

Brasserie Zinya (Opening hour: 8:00-1600)

It is a restaurant serving excellent dishes of French-japanese fusion and dessert. The chef used to live overseas and every dishes make you mouth-watering. I especially recommend the Hida beef Hamburger and cakes. You can taste freshly-grown vegetables from owner’s farm with home-made salad dressing. Recently, it also offers breakfast at 500 yen from 8:00 a.m.

Cafe Flore (Opening hour:1100-16:30, 1830-2000)

This cafe’s owner is in love with the Cafe flore in Paris and therefore opened his own Cafe Flore in Takayama. We love so much the atmosphere there not less than the tasty pasta, crepe and coffee!!!
Its specialty is the seasonal crepes while using fresh fruits from Takayama. Our favorite is the peach crepe in summer while we are looking forward to the sweet potato crepe in Autumn!!

Vogel Sang (Opening hour:1730-2400)

While my friend and I are looking for restaurants on Sunday night in Takayama, we found Vogel Sang at the corner of the street. It is a tiny restaurant where you can enjoy the wine and lovely food. The owner knows the best combination and please do not hesitate to ask!!! I recommend the quiche and the roasted chicken!!! 

Cafe Uemura (Opening hour: 1130-1630, 1900-2400)

This is the newest organic cafe in Takayama while you can taste the cuisine made by fresh and organic ingredient. The owner is also the local farmer here and he would like to make the healthy and gluten-free dishes by natural ingredient as possible. In the afternoon, it is a cafe where you can enjoy the lovely sweet and coffee while at night it becomes a pub where you can enjoy cocktails with friends.
I highly recommend the vegetable platter which the taste is so fresh that you would never forget!!

The riverside cake shop

Hi, this is Shiz from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I found a cake shop by the river the other day. (It's been there for a long time but I just didn't know it and just found it haha.)

I found that it's actually one of the famous cake shops in Hiroshima!!
The shop is called "MUSIM PANEN". I Google translated it. It means HARVEST SEASON in Indonesian. But no Indonesian people were working there.
The entrance is pretty cool. It looks like a hidden secret spot in a jungle.

There is this small sign at the entrance.
They have little colorful cakes and all looked good that I couldn't decide which one to get.....but I did finally. Their coffee was good too!

 It's nice to be at the patio at this season.
1-16 Kanayamacho Nakaku Hiroshima city
(3mins away from Kanayamacho tram stop/Tram stop M5)

It's interesting to walk riversides which Hiroshima's got a lot, n you'll find new places every time!

Travering to Wakayama

Hi,there this is Kazzy from Osaka Hana Hostel: )

How are you?

It is getting cooler and more comfortable.

Do you know Kada in Wakaya?

Actually, Koyasan or Shirahama are very famous for sight seeing.

But Kada is very good place for just relaxing and chilling.

Also there are famous for its scenic beauty and hot springs.

Soda who used to work at Hana Sake Bar, Aki works at the bar and me went to Kada!!

It was awesome!!We had a lot of fun: )

If you have opportunity to go toward Wakayama,why don't you explore Kada?

Thank you for your reading,see you later!

Summer trip in OKAYAMA ☆

Hi, this is shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

I went to Okayama and Onomichi end of this summer with shu-chan.


We choose this hotel because it is nearby seaside!!
So we went to the beach on arriving hotel.

Setouchi Marine Hotel



After swimming, we had BBQ at the hotel!


There is hot spring and Karaoke and inside pool too.
We were so excited just to think what we're gonna do next!!!

In the end ,we did ping-ping at night.
And I lost!!! So I paid all for the game TT


 On the way home, we dropped by Onomichi and ate Onomichi ramen :)
I t was nice. And we talked about game ''Ryu-ga gotoku 6 in Onomichi'',

It was so much fan FOR US !!!!


I wonder where to go next :)

J-hoppers newly open on Kumano Kodo - soothe your mind in the sacredity of shrines and in the beauty of onsens

Nestled in the small onsen town of Yunomine near Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, J-hoppers Kumano Yunomine is newly open on September 2 as our first guesthouse equipped with hot spring, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing onsen bath to send all your muscle pain away within the warm comfort of our cozy accommodation. Equipped with both dormitory rooms and Japanese style private rooms, our guesthouse is no doubt an ideal choice for backpackers and families alike.

Your manager at J-hoppers Hida Takayama Guesthouse has paid a short visit there to give you an idea of what to expect in this lovely onsen town.

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail

Registered as UNESCO World Heritage in 2004, Kumano Kodo Pilgirmage Trail has clearly been gaining popularity in recent years both at home and abroad, and to my surprise, on the trail, I have seen quite a few foreigners having apparently ventured far to the south of Wakayama prefecture, testifying to its appeal. What immediately caught my attention is the little booklet which allows you to collect stamps for both Kumano Kodo as well as for the way of St. James in Spain, and those who have completed both can get a reward. This might have contributed to its popularity among the Spanish as well.

The practice of taking the pilgrimage to Kumano, known as the land of the gods, dates back to as early as as the Heian Period, with pilgrims undertaking religious practices of worship and purification. Along the route, you will find numerous shrines called "Oji"preserved from the olden days where travelers take a rest and pray. If you care to read the information board at each Oji shrine, you will learn the interesting story behind the naming of each.  Nowadays, you will also find the stamp stands at the Ojis as well. The goal of the pilgrimage is to visit the Kumano Sanzan, the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano, including Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine near Yunomine Onsen, where J-hoppers is located.    

During my short visit, I only managed to walk two short sections of the of the trail, namely the Dainichi-goe section, which runs from Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine to Yunomine Onsen, during which you will pass through a Jizo statue with a broken nose, and I will leave you to find out the interesting story behind yourselves. Best of all, our guesthouse is only located a couple of steps away from the finishing point of this section, making it a convenient location for the pilgrimage walk . The other one is a popular 7 km walk from Kumano Hongu Taisha to Hosshinmon-oji, which I believe, serves as a good introduction to Kumano Kodo given it is not physically demanding and is easy to assess.

Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine

 At the heart of Kumano Sanzan, Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine was originally built at a site where the Otonashi River and Iwata River converged, but was unfortunately partially washed away in a flood. The shrine has since been relocated to its present location at the top of a series of stone steps. At its original site by the river, you can find the largest Torii Gate in Japan, which measures around 42 meters in width and 34 meters in height. Do not forget to bow when entering and exiting the Torii gate as a gesture of respect as the Torii gate marks the entrance into the sacred grounds. On the Torii gate you will see a drawing of a black crow with three legs. This three-legged crow, named Yatagarasu, is actually the symbol of Kumano Legend has it that this bird has served under the Kumano Diety, and its three legs, according to one saying, signifies heaven, nature, and people as three "brothers" born under the sun. You can easily find its presence in the Kumano area, and there is a very cool all-black post stand featuring this bird within Hongu Taisha. 

Magical healing power of Yunomine onsen

 Deemed one of the oldest hot springs in Japan, Yunomine is known for its beneficial effects to the body, especially to the skin. There has been no lack of legends about the miraculous healing effects of this hot spring. Among the most famous ones is the love story between Oguri-hankan (小栗判官) and Princess Terute (照手姫). To cut a long story short, after being poisoned to death and subsequently returned to life in a half-dead state in which he is barely recognizable and can barely walk, Princess Terute took Oguri-hankan by the hand all the way to Kumano knowing that Yunomine onsen is said to have the miraculous power to revive his body. After soaking his body in the onsen for a few days, Oguri-hankan did revive completely thanks to the medical effects of the onsen water. Now you can still find the site of Tsuboyu, a small cabin with an onsen bath where Oguri-hankan was revived in the legend. What I find most interesting about this little onsen town is that people there not only use onsen in a bath, but also in boiling eggs, making coffee, and even cooking meals for their healing effects. Whether it is delicious or not is another question, but I do encourage you to try. You can try your hand at making half-boiled eggs at our guesthouse, and in the kitchen there is even a tap for onsen water! I had onsen hotpot among us during my stay there. No strange taste detected!

Summer vacation in countryside

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

I had a wonderful summer vacation the other day :)
My friend organized a trip called " Have a blowout in countryside".
About 30 people assembled and shared fun together :)
Trekking, Water melon smashing, Nagashi somen, Fireworks,BBQ and card games etc....
The main event of this trip was a water gun fighting.
Individual competition,team competition were held and so much excitement went on.

I really enjoyed this summer :)

No name ramen!!

Hi, there! I'm Tomo from J-kyoto.

I like to eat. Time having delicious food is one of the happiest moment in my life. Especially, I love ramen and often go find good ramen in Kyoto. I've already tried more than 50 so far and I introduce one of my favorites among them. The restaurant is called namaenonai-ramenya(名前のないラーメン屋), which means no name ramen. What's the hell? What does it mean? No name?

This is outside on the way to the entrance. As the name of it says, no sign there. Who can find that ramen restaurant lies there? Umm, how interesting!!

This is inside, wow! So sketchy..
First time to see plants in ramen restaurant.

This is the one I really like. The noodle is handmade and perfect texture.
The soup is really tasty.
There are three types(heavy, middle, light) and I recommend to choose middle or light.
Also, there are several toppings you can arrange.
You better to go try to eat it at least once.

Family in Japan

Hi everyone, it is Nana from Takayama.

I have been living in Japan for more than 2 year now (1y. in Osaka and 1y. in Takayama) and it was the first time someone from my family (and not relatives) come to Japan. My mother and her husband came in Japan for more than 2 weeks. She started her trip in Hiroshima and went twice to Miyajima ! Once for tourism and the second time to swim. She also went to Miyoshi and Mihara, I have never been there !

Then from Hiroshima she went to Kyoto in where I joined her. We went to Osaka, I really wanted to show her where I used to work during my working holiday. Then on the next day we went to Arashiyama, my first time since I am living in Japan ! I needed to catch a bus so I missed the Daimoji, but my mother get a great place behind an old lady who showed her where to look for the festival.

Then we met up again, but this time in Takayama ! One of my colleague lend me a car and so we get on travel in the Alps. We reached ShinHotoka and board the rope-way, this was also a first time for me since I working here. The day was a little be cloudy so we only see a little bit of the mountains. We spent one night in a Ryokan, a great experience for us ! Before slightly hiking in Kamikochi. Then we headed back to Takayama, but not before soaking in the Onsen ! Then my mother and husband spent 3 more nights in Takayama and also visited Shirakawa-Go, but without me.
Ryokan experience with kaiseki cuisine



Festival in Takayama

Hida Beef and Pork Yakiniku

I spent a great time with them and got the chance to test new place too ! It was a satisfying experience for everyone, and I am really happy to have been able to show my mother where I am living, where I am working, etc. The next one to come is ... the little sister in October ! Definitly different program ahead but not less fun !