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!!


Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel, It's Kana here.
Japan has rainy season which i in June. Hiroshima finally got into rainy season this week.. I wish the weather will not bpther people who is traveling in Japan.

Have you tried Japanese style curry?
Somehow I am into Curry these-day. Not only normal curry but HOT curry! I would say quite hot.

You do not have to go to restaurant, You can get "
Pre-packaged curry" everywhere in Japan. Such as supermarket and convenience store. There are usually "Mild,Medium spicy, and Spicy".

But look what I found !!!

"X30" mean is 30 times more spicier than "Spicy"!! And it was really spicy!! Like a burning!!! But it is also tasty so if you have any opportunity please give it a try! It will be one of your great experience in Japan, and you will enjoy it!!

Morning stroll with disposable camera in Kyoto

Kyoto is always busy, you see full of tourists and travelers all the time.

Although I wanted to show you the other side of Kyoto, which is "Usual morning" how quiet and peaceful. I decided to go on a photo walk with my disposable camera.


youth is...

cool retro cafe

quiet park and chilling old guy

watering flowers before the kids get to school
found "lucky taxi"!

excited Shiba

people love to bike

cleaning the parking lot at Nijo castle

Nijo castle
my favorite coffee stand

morning catchup/gossip

gateball session

lovely color

cleaning by local volunteer

cool old barber
I know it's easy to take photo with smart phone, but I love the rusty colour tone of disposable camera! And Kyoto is very photogenic everywhere, so why don't you try it?

You can get the camera at camera shops, electronic shops or sometimes at convenience stores too!

Ladies Night ♡

Hi there ! It's Madi from Kyoto Hana Hostel !

A few days ago I caught up with my friends at Osaka for friend's farewell.
One of my friend is leaving Japan and move to Beijing for her job...
Good for her but sad for me :(
Anyway so I run to Osaka after work and spent really good time like I forgot about the time !!!
We could spent time just for few hours cause I needed to go back to Kyoto and one of my friend needed to go back to Hiroshima but it was definitely worth to unite :)


Best of luck to my friend :)

Peace Pagoda Hike near Hiroshima Station

Peace pagoda hike only took about 1.5 hour to go up and coming back down. It wasn't hard but I could see beautiful Hiroshima city from the top! It's worth going there and I recommend it!
You can see more information from here.

Tea picking in Kyoto

Hello!This is Misaki from Osaka Hana Hostel.

Some of my Canadian friends told me that they would come to Japan this month so I took them to Osaka and Kyoto city.
They wonder why all foods are very cheap and tastes good Lol

One of my friend was asking me to go on a tour which is Hiking an Tea picking in Kyoto, I have no experience picking tea before so decided to go there with him.

Look this view! How beautiful this field!

Hiking was a little hard for me but a tour guide kept pace with me.
We had a break for a while, we tasted green tea which was the first 
picked tea of this year. So good!!

After the break, we picked tea and climbed down.
A tour guide gave us tea leaves tempura which were interesting, 
also tea tasting too.

I'll definitely come back this town soon! 

The season of fresh green

 Kyoto is famous for seasonal beauty (esp. cherry blossoms & autumn leaves), but now is one of the best season for sightseeing as well since you can enjoy fresh green at many places (and it's not a high season!).

(Zijo-in / also called 'bamboo temple')
(Kiyamachi-street/ Takase river)

Take a deep breath, and just relax. Kyoto will attract you more.



Hi, this is Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

Is everyone enjoying in Golden week?

I went to ASA Zoo last week :)

The zoo is filled with children. 
But I am sure I had more fun than children. 



I often see this bird anywhere when I have been in Australia.

Dancing elephant!




(30 or more)
Annual Passport
(18 and older)
¥510 ¥430 ¥1,540
(65 and older)
¥170 ¥130 ¥510
High school students
and/ or those under 18
¥170 ¥130 ¥510

Cars ¥450 Parking spaces available for 1,200 vehicles.
Buses ¥1,380

Open Hours

(Entrance to zoo is until 16:00) 


By Public
■From Hiroshima Station (Bus)
Exit Hiroshima St. from the South Exit and go down the stairs
Find animal photos on pillars as you walk the under-ground passage
Find the stairs toward Platform B
From the No.9 bus stop, take the Asahigaoka bound bus(Hiroshima Dentetsu Company)
Get off at the Dobutsu-koen(zoo) bus stop
   ■From the A-bomb Dome (Bus)
Take the bus bound for Asahigaoka from the Kamiya-cho stop
   and get off at Asa Dobutsu-koen (zoo). The bus stop is a 4-minute
   walk to the east of the A-bomb Dome. 50-minute ride.

MORE information please go to link below! 

( He is taking a nap in everyone's way. he looks dead. lol)

If you have any opportunity , go to Zoo and see cute animals!

Murin-an with unique vision of Yamagata san

On a quiet night after busy cherry blossom season, some of J-Hoppers crew decided to go to Okazaki area to experience night cafe at Murin-an garden.

Murin-an was built as a villa for Aritomo Yamagata who served as a prime minister twice, and the garden is now designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty in 1951.
Always looked stunning on the flyer we get, and interesting that they sometimes have traditional performance or workshops.

This time of the year (back in early April), they had Spring Night Cafe event which gave us chance to know how unique the garden (and Mr. Yamagata's taste) is, and how they maintain it, how different they are now from what it used to be before, and some other trivial stuff about the buildings, garden and even the surrounding area.

First, we had seats in the main villa building to join the lecture by the garden craft-man who takes care of the garden, and had a cup of tea they served.
It was so nice to know more of Japanese garden in general, and Yamagata's own point of view when it comes to beauty, I seriously don't want to spoil you so please go try it yourself!

We checked the details of the building, and went outside for a night stroll in the quiet garden.

BEAUTIFUL WARM LIGHTS and all we could hear was sound of stream and singing bugs. You can check their event schedule and more on their website.
Highly recommended!

If there is 'golden temple', there should be 'golden shrine'

 Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavilion / Golden temple) is one of the famous temple in Kyoto. Then, how about golden 'shrine'? You might not have heard of it, but there is a golden shrine in Kyoto as well, which is Mikane shrine.
 It's located in a normal residential area, which seems pretty odd for most of the people (except who lives in Kyoto). Look at the gate, it's totally gold!
If you see the roof, you can find a Kanji letter is written on tiles. That means 'gold' as well.
 These days it's getting popular among the people who wishes good luck for money related things (business, investment, lottery, increasing salary, etc.). If you are one of them, why don't you visit there?

Mikane shrine
Address: 618 Oshinishinotoin-cho, Nishinotoin-dori Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto  (near Nijo castle)
Admission fee: FREE
Business hour: 24 hours

Artistic day ~Forever Museum~

I visited Forever Museum Contemporary Art.
One of the famous Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition is going through at the moment.
You can enjoy about 700 pieces of arts (60% of them are by Kusama)

I felt most of the visitors are from overseas and they seemed enjoying the atmosphere as the art galleries are in tatami floor rooms which help to create a good combination of traditional and contemporary culture.

I also watched maiko and geiko performance in the museum.
They organize 5 shows a day and they played 2 songs.
It was enjoyable enough to get to see them so close and sitting on tatami mats.

Loveale Laksa!!

Hi there,this is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
The Sakura season has gone so fast and I could not go for HANAMI after all since this year it boomed much earlier than usual. Hopefully,I can see it at its peak next year. It was really sad for me but I had a little good news this month instead.

Have you ever seen this cup noodles in Japan?
Laksa Cup noodles from Nisshin

Honestly,I am NOT a big fan of instant noodles but I LOVE it!
Last year,our manager Kana-san gave me this.(She knows well what I like.)
It was not my first time to eat Laksa.I had eaten it when I was in Australia because the owner of my shared house who is originally from Singapore often used to cook it for me.The cup noodle reminded me his Laksa.
After I had the cup noodle one once,I have been crazy about it and bought a BOX of them at

However,it is seldom sold in Japan and it was not anywhere to be seen after that.I had not eaten it for almonst a year,but this month when I opened my drawer,I found this as a gift from her again!
YESSSS!!!!!!!!! I really really appreciated her again.

Although I finally could get it ,it is still so scarce.
If anybody find it,please....Please let me know!

Inuyama Festival

On 7 April, 2018, I visited Inuyama in Aichi prefecture for the first time as there is an annual big event-- Inuyama festival. Inuyama is similar to Takayama where I have been living for 3.5 years.
Inuyama can be easily accessed by Meitetsu train from Nagoya and it only takes 30 minutes.

Inuyama is famous for its castle -- Inuyama Castle, one of the national treasure in Japan. It was built in 1537 and one of the wooden-built castle in Japan where you can see the panoramic views overseeing the Kiso river. I am very lucky to visit Inuyama in sunny day where the view is so spectacular that I will never forget.

What I like Inuyama the most is the old town where you can try a lot of local snacks and also visiting local shops vending various kinds of products. It seems that I was walking in old Japan!
My favorite snack is Dengaku, the roasted tofu with sweet soya sauce. Please try if you are visiting there.

The highlight of the festival is the night parade while each float is lit by 365 Japanese lanterns with the sound of the Japanese flutes and drums. The float is carried by at least 30 young men. It is quite scary to see how the floats turn at the corner while one side of the men (about 20 people) need to lift the floats up one side by themselves. It is a parade which requires a lot of labour and energy.

How about visiting Inuyama as a day trip from Nagoya?
I recommend it if you would like to experience the old Japan!


View from the Inuyama castle

Kiso river (view from the Inuyama castle)

The festive float in the night festival parading along the streets

A local snack- Dengaku