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!!

Eat Eat Eat.....


   Hi ! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
WET,WET,WET.... This week we have had so much rain in Hiroshima.
I can not wait for a sunny day.

At the end of last month,I went to Kanazawa 金沢
(which is one of the most highest rainfall cities in Japan....)for the first time.
When I got there,I realized I did not know very much about Kanazawa 
before this trip. I knew about Kenrokuen Japanese garden , seafood... but did not know about 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,Oumicho Market,
 Higashi chaya District...

However, everything was amazing and elaborated!
Art (I am not more of an artist person but enjoyed the
21st Century Museum!),Food, Garden, Onsen .....
 
For these tourist spots in Kanazawa,the excursion bus is convenient for tourists. Each bus runs on a single route, and each bus stop displays the bus number with an English notation. One day pass is 500yen.Once you get it,you can also get discounts at some facilities.

* Why don't you visit Kanazawa once ? *



Tourist spots in Kanazawa : http://www.kanazawa-tourism.com/eng/guide/guide1.php
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art:https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
Yamashiro-Onsen:http://www.yamashiro-spa.or.jp/foreign/en



Tonami Yotaka Festival


In June, I visited the Yotaka Festival that has been running over 300 years in Tonami, Toyama prefecture.  It is held on Friday and Saturday of the second week in June every year.  This year, the festival was held on 10 and 11 June, 2016.  We find this festival extremely impressive with the dazzling lanterns floats and the collision of the floats.  

There are 15 big floats and 5 small floats representing the different parts of Tonami in the festival.  All floats are decorated with colourful lanterns marked with their names.  However, the main attraction is not the beauty of the lanterns but the collision of two lanterns to express members’ courage and bravery towards the opposing floats.  The collision started from 8:30 p.m. as the streets were packed with people standing to wait to the see the main theme’ of the night. Every time, we heard each team shouting loudily ‘Iyaiyasha’ several times before collision.  This brought them energy and team spirits and we could feel the same as audience.

It is the first time for us to experience the passion of the locals presenting their own culture via the festivals.  It is definitely an exiting and interesting festival that you cannot miss if you visit Toyama prefecture in June!!

Please visit the below website for more information:

http://foreign.info-toyama.com/en/event/?event_id=26&ret_list_p=3






Fun out !

Hi there ! Are you a fun of rides ? I love amusement parts and I had really a good time at Universal Studios Japan the other day !

It had been 6 years since last time I was there so I was a little bit nervous at first as I might lost some immunity for scary rides.
However, I did not even worry about it when  I entered the park as I was completely drawn into the world ! The vibe was there and people were so cheerful and happy !
I got so excited that I forgot about nervousness.

It was changeable weather , one moment it was drizzling and the next moment, was pouring down, and then, cleared ! It was less people because of the weather so we could ride about 10 rides ! 

My favorite ride is BACKDROP. It moves backward so we can not see the front but it is much fun than normal roller coaster :-)


My friends and I had a same coordination so that we could get into the world more !
It was really fun out !


Bouldering!!

Hello!
This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana.

A few days ago, I planed to go hiking with my friends but unfortunately it was raining a LOT. So we needed to change our plan and find something interesting which we could do indoors.

So, we went bouldering!

Do you know bouldering? It was the first time for us to try it.
As you can see on the pictures, bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. Of course we did not climb real rocks in nature, but colorful rocks on the wall indoors. They looked hard to climb, but also really fun and a bit like going to the gym, so we were excited. However, after the payment, a young employee explained for all the beginners for about 30 minutes how dangerous it could be, the rules and what we should NOT do, especially when someone is climbing.
So we realized that we should really be focused on climbing and be aware of a lot of things.
It scared us a bit, but once we started to climb, it was really fun!
And it was really really more difficult than I thought!!
Before you start, you need to choose one color among the rocks and you are allowed to grab only THE rocks with the specific color. If you touch or grab a different colored rock, you failed. So when you finished a section, it felt really you achieved a lot.

However, after about two hours, the muscles in our arms were already sore and we couldn't hold onto the rocks anymore...So we decided to leave it and try it again next time.

It was really fun to try out a new thing and I want to keep up doing sports more often :)




Just Openined "KAIKA-DO CAFE"

June is rainy season. 
But For bamboo, my favorite plant June is autumn season.  Because leave are falling down after having harvest bamboo sprout. 

At the same time on June we can taste New green tea taking in our body scenery full of greenery.

Near our office Just Open new Cafe. 
Kaika Do Cafe. Kaika Do is a traditional chazutsu (tea caddies) made of copper since 1875.
http://www.kaikado.jp/english/index.html

Just open Kaika-Do Cafe along Av. Kawaramachi and Shichi-zyo Street. 

Open from 10:00 Close from 19:00. 

They serve Cafe and Maccha, draft beer and wine, some snack and cheese cake. 

Renovated building of railway company & office 

Maccha Latte @800yen

@Backyard there are many green plants 

Lamp shade custom ordered by craft man of Kaikado 

coffee from Wanii Cafe from Tokyo coffee shop



I think it will be soon full of people making line. SO I really recommend you tasty and refresh Maccha Latte ASAP. 

Enjoy your summer! 

Kimy 

Tsunoshima in Yamaguchi prefecture

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Hiroshima has just entered the rainy season... It is expected to last until Mid July. After rainy season, we will have HOT Humid summer..

Before rainy season started, I had small trip to TSUNOSHIMA which is in Yamaguchi prefecture(right next to Hiroshima)

This place is well known as one of MUST VISIT in Yamaguchi. You might have seen this scenery somewhere. This is Tsunoshima. This is the photo before crossing bridge.
 

As crossing bridge!

 
It did not look like in Japan. once I got here I was fall in love in 2 senc..It has great Ocean and scenery.

Also awesome fresh seafood!!! 



↓↓↓ Only 1000 yen for all of them↓↓↓



 I really really recommend TSUNOSHIMA "角島"

If you have any opportunity to come to around Hiroshima or Yamaguchi, please check it out!
Please Google the name. You will see more and more attractive place and lead you there without noticing!




KAWAYUKA(summer night dining) by The Kamogawa River

Every year from May to September, restaurants overlooking the Kamogawa river's western bank from Nijo-dori street to Gojo-dori street do a special eventーーthey set up open-air dining areas called KAWAYUKA to catch the cool river breezes, which you can enjoy with a delicious, romantic Kyoto-style dining.
 
I went to one of them last week, tried a really nice OBANZAI(Kyoto home-made style foods, the main ingredients are vegetables and tofu) set within 2000JPY. So delicious that I even forgot to take a picture of KAWAYUKA..., but I do remembered to take the pictures of the dishes! hehe..

I really recommend you to try KAWAYUKA if you visit Kyoto in summer season, especially the OBANZAI restaurants. It must be one of the best way to taste Kyoto's summer!

Big fish

Hello, this is shige from Jstay.

Kyoto is getting hot, day by day. it is like summer day.
I need prepare the summer clothes.
Did you already buy new summer clothes ?


Last my day off, I spent good time. I went to fishing to Lake Biwa.
Lake Biwa is the most famous place of bass fishing.
I usually play it.
Last time was competition with my friends.

And weather was not bad. not hot,no rain and no wind.





 

We caught many basses on that day.
One of my friend got really big one.!!

My last Blog...


Hello.This is Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

Today is my last day at work..

First of all, thank you very very much for all our guests!!!
I spent precious time with you while working here.
I am sincerely grateful that I could meet you!!


And
To my dear colleagues,
Thank you sooo much for your great support over the past few years.
It was an honor to work with you all!!!



WE WILL MISS YOU DANNY・・・


This is the last day for Danny who is my colleague:(

We are working together more than three  years.

We had an experience a lot in here.

She's got married and has to got to Chiba prefecture.

So,She is going to leave a job today・・・


We will miss you a lot Danny-------------------!!!!!!

But, It's a start in life for her happiness.

   

We wish that your life is going filled with happiness!!

Good luck for your new days and see you again 

in the near future.

You are always welcome:)


 


Scorn Scorn Scorn!!!!

This is Kimy from J-Stay.

After crazy month, April for J-Stay because new school season begin from this month
I have appreciation for normal daily life.

To keep my motivation in my ordinary day I used to make small goals to reach easily
This time was the following things.

ONE: Go hiking.

TWO Learn Baking scorn from my friend.

During GW we went to hiking to my favorite place with greenery season with my friend.
Next was baking scorn. .




I booked her lesson an half of month ago .Yesterday I had it finally. 

Easy scorn recipe
150g Flour (mix a half of strong flour and plain flour)
Baking power 3g
150ml of Milk 
40g Butter 

1) Measure Flour  and put into in bowl with Baking power.



2) Measure sugar, milk and Butter (cut as small cube)

3) Bowl with flour and baking powder put Butter and cut small as much as possible and mix with flour like 

(Tip mix quickly because butter is melting easily. )

4) Put sugar and milk and mix quickly. At the same time Heat oven around 220degree




5) Put dusting flour on board Extend base of scorn on it with rolling pin and fold base three times for having two layers.

6) Make circle with cup up side down instead cake type

7) Put them oven bake 220gree for 15 minutes




Dada!!!




Next goal will be make crispy and soft inside scorn by myself!


Enjoy your early summer! 

End

Ochobo inari shirine

I went to Ochobo inari shirine in Gifu.

It is one of famous shirines for business and merchants and manufacturers .





Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari.


Foxes (Kitsune), regarded as the messengers, are often found in Inari shrines.
Foxes is said to like Age( deep fried Tofu)

It is unique that we donate Age to the shrine  in stead of money.


You buy Age

You donate age to the shrine

Dote ni and deep fried pork are famouse there


Hanbey


 Hi, there:) This is Shiori from J-Hoppers hiroshima guest house.

I recently went to izakaya which is called Hakuri Tabai Hanbey.

Enjoyed the atmosphere which is a retro themed.

I felt like I had stepped back in time to the 30’s in japan.



And food is good and cheap. Specially I like "kinako agepan". a deep fried bun sprinkled with roasted soybean flour. 
It reminds me of school lunch as a first grader. 


If you have any chance to go there,  please try it:)
Hanbey has branches all over Japan.



  

Hakuri Tabai Hanbey  薄利多売半兵ヱ.
Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku,Fukuromachi,1-33

Sun-Thu 17:00~0:00
Fri.Sat.Day before Holiday 17:00~1:00

                                        








Thank you my lovely guests

Recently, I got a mail from a couple of guests who stayed with Q-beh in April.
They wrote me a long letter with their photos to say how they enjoyed their trip in Japan and their stays in Q-beh.

I could not describe how happy I was when getting their mail.
To be a reception staff, I support to be always showing my smile to guests no matter how my mood is.
Sometimes it is hard.
When getting the mail, I felt like...suddenly understood that why I keep showing my true heart to guests.
It is because sometimes I will be treated with true hearts from lovely guys, too.
It happens rarely, but just that is enough for me.


My favorite place in Kyoto :)

Hi there !

This is Madi from Q-beh.


Today I am introducing one of my favorite place in Kyoto.
It is Starbucks on Sanjo bridge.

Among Starbucks stores in Japan, this is the only one store that has the balcony.
This balcony opens only from May to September which is Japanese summer season
and it is built by the river which is called Kamo river.


I really like to grab a seat at this balcony area and have a coffee, feel breeze and see sunset.
Especially sunset from this position is just beautiful when the weather is really good.



 I am so happy now cause I can go there as many as I want until September :)
Yeppppy ヾ(≧▽≦)ノ


Madi

Farewell Party for Nao, Mio and Sato-san

Hello : )
This is Haru from Osaka Hana Hostel !!

A receptionist Nao(Kan chan) and a free accommodation staff Mio, also a cleaner staff Sato-san leave Osaka Hana Hostel with positive reasons on April.

We have already missed them,
but we are sure to see them again someday somewhere : )





Thank you so much Kan chan, Mio chan and Sato san!!!!
Wishing you all the best for the future : )))))
 
With my love XXX

Haru