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!!

Free opening of cultural facilities in Kyoto on 30th September

 As for the celebration of 50th anniversary of Agency for Cultural Affairs establishment & 1-year-before of The International Council of Museums Kyoto, some museums & facilities are open in public on 30th September for free of charge.
 You need to pay the entrance fee for all of them basically, but on this special day, it's FREE!
 Why don't you use this opportunity to enjoy & know more about Kyoto?
We still have availability on this weekend, book us from the link below!

Korea trip!

Hello, this is Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

I recently went to Korea with my mom! (Actually I brought her in Korea forcibly.)


I joined a tour to see North Korea from South Korea.

I could see North Korea better than this picture by telescope!


What I was surprise is there is station to go to North Korea from Dorasan station in South Korea.

 But the train has never run since they were built.

"if they will have good relation ship in the future ,
 you can go to North Korea, Russia, Europe from Korea some day."

When I hard of it,  I really hope it will be.


After joined a tour , I thought I want to learn history more.
Anyway, The tour was worth it!

After we backed in Seoul , we walked and ate a lot in the heavy rain.


 I love sol bing !

Our traveling was SO BUSY due to tight schedule for only 2 days holiday.
We do not have enough time though, (sorry mom...) it was really nice trip.

I would love to back in Korea in the near future!

If you really want to watch a Carp's game, make sure you book it online before come to Japan.

I went to Mazda Zoom Zoom stadium for the first CARP's game for this season last week!!

 Actually, 115 out of 143 games are already done and I wanted to go for their games a few more. But it is very hard to get tickets recently since they won the league 2years ago. That was the first time in 54years.

 Sometimes guests ask us if there are some tickets available, but we tell them no most of times. So if you really want to watch a game, make sure you book it online before come to Japan!!






Have you ever seen colorful onsen?

Hello, I'm Nori from Osaka Hana Hostel!

Before I work for Osaka Hana Hostel, I worked in Oita which is famous for onsen.

I will show you some onsen which you might have not seen before!
They are so colorful and beautiful.

In Oita, there are many onsen and some of them are called "Jigoku (Hell) onsen" because of the temperature.  They are too hot to take like 70℃ or more.
And some of them are so colorful with their component.

This red onsen is called "Chi no ike(Blood pond) Jigoku"

Temperature is 78℃, the depth is 30m

This blue onsen is called "Umi (sea) Jigoku"

Temperature is 98℃, the depth is 200m

This white onsen is called "Shiraike (white pond) Jigoku"

Temperature is 95℃

There are some more unique onsen, so please check it out by yourself:)

You can enjoy not only these onsen but also some attractions and you can even see some rare marine lives.

I'm not good at taking photos and I can't show you beautiful they are exactly, so you should go to Oita and see them with your eyes!!

Takayama's Cafe (1) : Cafe Courier

Hi Everyone,
It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guesthouse.
As you might know our team is full of cafe lovers !
Let me present some of them to you !

Today is...

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Cafe Courier

"Despite being a newcomer to the scene [in Takayama], Courier, which is conveniently located near Takayama Jinya, has quickly emerged to be a favorite haunt for locals thanks to its aromatic hand-drip coffee, comfortable environment, low prices, and most of all, to its friendly and chatty owner. Mr. Kuroiwa, a seasoned traveler who has visited more than 142 countries (with passport record to prove) and Ms. Lin, a cheerful Taianese who is good at drawing (ask her to show you her cafe drawings), are always ready to regale you with interesting stories about traveling and Takayama" - Ian Tsang, J-Hoppers Hida Takayama

Cafe Courier is definitely one of my favorite place in Takayama. I am going regularly there to study and have a chat with the owners. I also love to grab information about events and history from the locals I often met at the counter.

I also like the choice offered on the menu :

The stuffed bread bowl served in winter, declined in different stuffed flavor : chili con carne, green curry, cream chowder. They use bread made in Takayama with a crusty outside and a soft inside. The recipes are from a book written by an acquaintance of Mr.Kuroiwa who has compiled recipe from every country in the world.

In another hand Courier's shaved ice, Kakikori, is a summer item that should not be missed if you come here. Inspired by the Taiwanese shaved ice, the shaved ice base is covered by a gorgeous amount of healthy toppings (changing depending of the production, everything is home-prepared) and served with brown sugar syrup and condensed sweetened milk. The sweetness is just well balanced and all the ingredient good for the body ! You won't stop eating it !

Here is the all year round Cheese Cake ! I have heard from American travelers that it was the best they ever ate ! They offer a great set with an hand-drip coffee.

There still so more to introduce : muffins (choco, matcha, tropical, earlygrey-walnut, etc.) the drink menu, the patagonia shop section, the national geographic collection, the coins (money) collection...

There only one way to check everything : going there !

You can also follow their instagram : @cafe_courier
Or find them on Facebook :
The address : 506-0012, 1-12 Hakken-machi Takayama

What is Bon Holidays??

This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
It has been super HOT. It is not just hot this summer.
I really hope it gets cooler soon.

In mid-August,I visited my relative's house with my family for Bon holidays.
Usually,Japanese people go back to their personal home or their grandparents home  to honor the spirit of one’s ancestors for those days.
Our family and my cousins gather in our aunt's house every year to spend a night having a barbeque and enjoying the local Bon festival at elementary school.

Most of my cousins are older than me and already have their family,so we  do not have so many opportunities to see them but we all enjoyed the night .

Also,we danced the Bon-Odori dance hard....was really FUN!


Happy moment ~Sweets Buffet in Kyoto~

This is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

Do you have a sweet tooth ?
Are you a Matcha buff ?

The other day, I went to Kyoto tower hotel for sweets buffet.
They organized Matcha Sweets buffet and there were about 50 kinds of sweets and meals using matcha , roasted green tea or brown rice tea.

The buffet was for 1.5 hours and my friend and I were busy taking photos, chatting and eating.

We indulged ourselves food and that was happy and satisfying afternoon.

Their Matcha sweets buffet will be over on 26th August but they are organizing another sweets buffet from 1st September till 18th November and the next theme will be 「Caramel and Cheese」!
They serve some sweets featuring Halloween too :)
It will be fun watching and eating Halloween sweets!

More information for sweets buffet at Kyoto Tower Hotel us as follows:

Shimogamo shrine light festival

Shimogamo shrine is one of the world heritage site in Kyoto.
At there, special night event is held until September 2nd.

[Light festival in Tadasu no mori at the world heritage site of Shimogamo shrine]
Date: August 17th ~ September 2nd
Time: 6:30pm ~ 10pm (last admission 9:30pm)
Fee: 1,000 yen (weekday) / 1,200 yen (weekend)
*Must enter from south exit of Tadasu no mori (forest of Tadasu)*

Access from J-Hoppers: approx. 40-50 mins
 by train...10 mins walk ~ Keihan Railway Tofukuji station ~ Demachiyanagi station ~ 10mins walk
 by bus... from Kyoto station bus no. 4 or 205 ~ Shin-aoibashi

Get more info from official web site below;

May 23 Dōgo ornate hot spring bath

Hello! This is Minshin from Kyoto Hana Hostel.

I went to Dōgo Onsen few weeks ago, a famous hot spring in Matsuyama, Ehime, on Shikoku, which is one of the oldest in Japan.

It’s especially known for Orange Producing with the character Mikyan.
It was ¥5,500 one round trip from KIX to MYJ by Peach Aviation, one way would have taken 40 minutes.
It has one historic Starbucks in Dougou station.
There will be a glass window enabling customers to enjoy the nostalgic sights of trains coming angoing as well as the reinvigorating smell of coffee while they wait for their drinks.

The entrance of souvenir plaza.


The view from the room.


It made famous by the animation Spirited Away.


The breakfast on the morning of the check out day.


The symbolism of Dōgo Onsen.


One of the real Totoro bus stop in Dōgo Onsen.


A little mystery but stunning restaurant.


The rice with minced sea bream, tastes delicious like grandma.


The garden is a ten minute walk from Dōgo Onsen. 

Shirunashi Tan Tan Men. It is like a Ramen without broth and it is hot.

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here.
It's already in August and still getting hot everyday. How is your trip with this crazy hotness weather?please drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.

Do you like spicy food? I am really into it last few months even it is really getting hot in here.
In Japan, when it is hot we tend to eat spicy foods. Even though we sweat a lot, to get more sweat we eat spicy food. (Maybe)

This is my favorite spicy food which I have it at least once a week.

"Shirunashi Tan Tan Men"

It is like a Ramen without broth and it is hot. It is originally from China. You can make how spicy it is by yourself which is quite interesting.  

Ramen is getting really popular every where in the world and there are so many Ramen lover. If you are, please try Shirunashi Tan Tan Men and discover new Ramen!

You will love it!

Hiking in Norikura

Hi everyone,

It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.
It has been such a long time since I last posted on the blog !

And for come back I choose to speak about my last hike in Norikura.  A group of French customers came and we got along. They came to enjoy the Alps and wanted to go hiking before going to their next destination. So I introduces to them Kamikochi and Norikura. They enjoyed the idea and planned to go to Norikura on my day off, so I jumped on the chance to visit Norikura again with the strong will to go on the top : Kengamine peak.

That was without plan and just after a night shift and when we departed the next morning I was not really prepare for a hike wearing my everyday sneaker and a tank top (that will caused me a really sunburn) However, at was on the bus at 8:40 to reach the mountains, and we start hiking about 10:15 heading to the top. The condition was almost the best 16 degree Celsius and kind wind.

Tatamidaira viewed from the track to Kengamine
Tatamidaira is the highest bus stop in Japan
On the way we met a majority of Japanese people : highschoolers and hiking circle coming to conquer the 3,026m peak. The first half is really easy to walk, not really going up and offering good views.

Some eternal snow on the way
Can you see the meteorological building on the back ?

The Echo Line descending to Norikura Kogen

The French buddies of the day
Thank you so much for taking me with you
(Kengamine is visible ! The highest peak on the back)
Then you reach one hut before the beginning of the climb. This hut offer some lunch and sweet as well as public toilet. Once you pass through the hut here starts the really mountain hike, we only walked 30mn and have still a way to go ! The path changed from a vehicle used path to a more rough one.
Here starts the hiking path

Reaching the top ?
Looking behind, the clouds were coming from Takayama's side

Between the two peaks

The last struggle before the summit
The weather on Matsumoto side is so much better
From the top looking down to the trail 
From the top looking down to Norikura Kogen
 After having our lunch on the top with a Japanese group and another lone Japanese who speaks French, we headed back to Tatamidaira. We then walk on the really gentle Alpen flower park.
Alpen flower track is leisure walk easily accessible from Tatamidaira parking


Then the two guys waited for me and Tiphaine who decided to go to the top of Mahou peak to finish this hiking day.

On the way to Maho peak

The peak on the back is Kengamine viewed from Maho peak
We finally went down and board the 15:20 bus bring us back to Honokidaira and then Takayama. That was a great day and my only regret is the beautiful sunburn I got... It is not because the weather is cloudy on the temperature almost fresh that you are protected from the sun and UVs... Do not forget to protect yourself using sunscreen at least 2 or 3 times, and drink a lot.

We are looking forward to the start of our new tour in Norikura.
If you would like to go there we will be more than happy to introduce the mountains to you !