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!!

Hiroshima HANA

Hello! How are you doing? I’m Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA!

Many typhoons hit Japan this year, but the last one is over now and this week the weather will be great. Yay!

Hiroshima HANA Hostel is just about 5 mins by foot from Hiroshima Station. However, sometimes it can be quite tricky to find HANA Hostel, especially at night.

So here are some pictures that show you the way to HANA Hostel. I hope this will help you to find us!

Coming from the South Exit of Hiroshima station, please turn left.

On your left are the coin lockers and a police box (where you also can ask for help)

Please cross this street. To your left is be a bookstore.

Please keep straight. There is a Ramen restaurant (Izakaya) on your left..

Please then turn left.

Do not cross the railroad, but keep straight.
Please turn right at the next corner.

Almost arrived. Please turn left after the parking space.

Hana Hostel!!
You can aslo check the way on our web site: How to get to Hiroshima Hana

People tend to ...

Hello!  This is Asuka from Kyoto Hana Hostel.

How are you doing?
It is strange weather nowadays in Japan.
Lots of typhoons, eructation, earthquake and so on.

It is middle of October and fall.
It is said that people tend to enjoy reading, eating and art in fall.
Needless to say… I enjoy eating lol

It is easy to go to Gion area from Kyoto Hana Hostel.
I often go there after work to have lunch or shopping.
I went to Ichibakoji, Japanese restaurant which is famous for grilled food and beer!
The point is that the atmosphere is very nice there.
Some guests ask us good restaurant, so I highly recommend there :)

It is getting cold outside, so it makes me want to eat something hot.
I gained weight, so I have to be on a diet though…
I can’t stop it lol

Hope I will not upload picture of food and talk about food in next blog lol

Have a nice day/night and eating in fall ;)

Bye now!

Buffet at an art museum

I had my first buffet in Takayama at an art museum, giving me a chance to unleash my pent-up appetite for unlimited good food, its manifestation so apparent that my friend, horrified witnessing my devouring one plate of food after another, went so far as to describe me as a monster which gobbles up everything that meets its eyes. The buffet is quite reasonably priced, offering a nice selection of relatively healthy dishes, with fresh vegetables as the main draw. I was most impressed by its pumpkin soup, and salad, though its bread, whether home-baked or not, also deserved some praise. Unlike Hong Kong’s buffet battlefield, with limited seats and few guests there, we were mercifully spared the hassle of vying with each other for food and of keeping a nerve-racking and close watch on the kitchen door, from which, if it were in Hong Kong, a waiter might emerge anytime with a fresh plate of oysters or lobsters. Adding to its appeal is the absence of time limitation, meaning you can theoretically enter with an empty stomach at 11.30 am, the starting time, and launch a three-and-a-half-hour marathon of punishing non-stop eating, or a more humane one with regular breaks, until the waiters, forcing a smile and making a mental note of putting you on the blacklist, politely ask you to leave. The museum currently offers this lunch buffet only on Tuesdays, but a waitress hinted at the possibility of introducing it on other days as well as in the future. I will definitely come back again.

Autumn Appetite!!

In Japan, we say autumn is a perfect season to have a good appetite.

There are bunch of foods in season.

Also, we could store up energy for coming for cold season.

I'll show you beautiful foods pictures here in Takayama.

"Saury" is one of seasonal fish in Autumn,
I recommend to have it Sashimi style.

Bottom left, you will see another fish is called "Iwana"
It is river fish, we put it to hot sake and make special one is called "Kotsuzake"

Bottom right is "Curry Udon" It makes you warm!!

 I made original blend spice curry using fresh veggies!!

Bottom right :
There is nice buffet at "Hida Takayama museum of art" Every Tuesday

I feel the season whenever I have fresh veggies.

Upper right: It is craft beer in Gujo Hachiman.
You can find local craft beer everywhere in Japan.

I hope you'll enjoy "Autumn Appetite" in Takayama!!

Baseball Game!!

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, it's Kana here.

Typhoon is approaching to Hiroshima this weekend.
Even though there is a awesome event this weekend....SAKE FESTIVAL!!!!
You can taste hundreds of different Sake and local food. I feel really sorry for the people who were suppose to come...Fes might be cancelled because of YOU typhoon....GO AWAY!!!!

The season for the baseball is finishing soon.
Speaks of baseball is Hiroshima fans! There are a lot a lot a lot of them.
One of our housekeeper is one of them, so she organised for our guest to go and watch the baseball game couple times.

She even prepared the uniform for the guest!

At first time, our guest was little confused and embarrassed about how we cheer the player but they just follow how we do and ended up cheering together in our way!!
Drink a lot! Cheer a lot!
Everybody was really satisfied this unique experience.

Why don't you join us next year!? Guarantee for awesome time!

Chillelaxing time on the other day in Hida Furukawa

Hi, it's Misa!
I'm going to write about the other day when I did some nice BBQ (more likely to be a outdoor cooking) on my day off.

I mostly spend my day off having relaxing and chilled time.

On the other day, I went to a park my neighbor ( I think even not many local people don't know the place...!) to do some fancy BBQ with my friends in Hida Furukawa.

There is a spring running very clean and fresh water came from mountains running all the time, even in winter. We washed some vegetables with that very fresh and clean water, and cook them in various ways, made them into salad, "ajillo(Spanish dish)"!!

Whilst having very nice time there, we even happened to see a serow (Kamoshika, which is nationally protected spices) came down from a mountain. (Sorry, the photo is dark!!)

I'm really lucky to live in the town where I can easily access to the places having a really "chillelaxing" time surrounded by beautiful nature.

These kind of places is a little bit difficult to access by public transportation, but hopefully I' like to introduce not only sightseeing spots but also that kind of places to our guests who come to Hida Takayama/Furukawa, and make their trip much more fun and memorable one!

Rental bicycle!!

Japanese autum season is so great!
Temperature is nice and weather is almost sunny!

 I recommend waling or cycling to refresh yourself!
 We have 3 rental bicycles!

1 hour is 100yen.
Over 5 hours use is 500yen.

You cannot book in advance, please ask the receptioner when you want to rent.

It is easy to move around!  Handy and good experience!


Hi there .
This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse.

We had a Nagashi-somen party on the 5th of September.
Have you hear of it or tried it before??

The noodles are placed in a long flume of bamboo across the length of the restaurant. The flume carries clear, ice-cold water. 
As the sōmen pass by, diners pluck them out with their chopsticks and dip them in tsuyu.
 Catching the noodles requires a fair amount of dexterity, but the noodles that are not caught by the time they get to the end usually are not eaten, so diners are pressured to catch as much as they can. 
Machines have been designed to simulate this experience at home.

Lots of guest joined the party and we had a good time.
We prepared some toppings for the noodles.

If we have a chance,we are going to throw a party next summer!

We want to extend a big thank-you to you all for your support which resulted in a total of 5100yen being raised for Hiroshima landslide victims.

'Sho-fu-en' onsen in Takatsuki city

It is getting cooler these days and we can feel like Autumn has come. Autumn wind makes us want to go out to feel it. I went to onsen last week so. There is a cozy onsen in Takatuki City which is close to Kyoto area. Mountain view is available just beside of the place and rice fields are spread all around there. I and my friends were heading there by bike to have unusual and relaxing time. It was really nice day to cycle as fine whether! The sky is clear,the wind is refreshing. Also the onsen was really nice. There are 3 kinds of out baths and 2 kinds inside baths available. Water is good enough hot and a bit slimy as it includes some special ingredients from the nature water so that it makes skin smoother(Girls should love that kind of effect :) We spent about 2 hours(!) as we talked. We felt that we were refreshed with the atmosphere and the slowly time. Wish to go there again when I want to get relaxing time!

☆great season to go on a motorcycle ride☆

Hello!! It's going to cool day by day!!

I would like to get a motorbike very much!!!!

Because It's wonderful season to go on a motorbike ride now!!

I used to rode a FTR223 from HONDA.

It was so beautiful!!

 But, I've gave away this motorbike to my friends 2years ago!!

But I miss motorbike very much...

Especially in Spring and Autumn.

There are beautiful sky, wind, and a fragrance of orange osmanthus☆☆

 Now, I'm looking for a cub from HONDA.

This is just small motor vehicle. 50-90cc.

But It's right size to riding through town♪♪

I need to make a money for this!!

Do you know cub from HONDA?

It's very famous as amazing motor vehicle all over the 

world. It can keep running about 110KM with 1L gas!!

And also dramatically indestructible!!

So, That's why It's loved by an enormous people!!

I will get it and go on a motorbike ride again!!

I can not wait the pleasurable sensation☆☆

No motorbike, No life for me...


Coffee day

Hi, this is Meg who is addicted to coffee.

I went to Tokyo to visit SCAJ2014 Exhibition last week.
This is the biggest coffee event in Japan.
They had approximately 100 companies exhibiting in 200 booths, including importers, manufacturers, roasters, distributors and retailers in Japan.
There were competitions such as Japan Barista Championship, Japan Hand Drip Championship and etc. We could enjoy exiting live matches performed by top class baristas in Japan.

The big reason to go there every year is I can drink great coffee which the world top baristas made and also I can enjoy their performances. 
This time, I could drink great cappuccino which was made by the world barista champion of this year. 

 This is valuable opportunity to know the world's latest beans, techniques and information. 
I had great coffee days in Tokyo.

Autumn is just around corner!!

Hello. I'm Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!

It was hot until recently but now it's getting cooler and cooler.

As you know, a lot of people from all over the world come to Japan in spring to enjoy SAKURA(Japanese cherry blossoms.)
But here is another natural event that worth the visit.
You shouldn't miss the autumn colors!!

If you would like to enjoy autumn in Japan, I recommend you to come here in mid-October to mid-November.
But Japan stretches from north to south and the autumn actually happens at a different time.
The autumn might started already in up to north but in the central part of Japan, best time is November.

If you have opportunity to travel to Hiroshima in November, I recommend to visit to Momiji-dani park in Miyajima island.
This park is one of the most  famous maple trees park in Japan and there are more than 200 maple trees you can enjoy!!

Don't miss it!!

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima island

Momijidani Park in Autumn


Cebu Island

I went to Cebu Island in Philippines for 3 nights!
Unfortunately the weather was not very good but I had a great time with my friends!

I highly recommend Moevenpick Hotel which we stayed.
They have a pool and a beach!
Their facilities were nice and but the best thing was their service!

We checked in the hotel on the 16th of September.
Actually one of my friend' s birthday was 17th of September so we asked them to decorate the room on the 16th around 10:30PM after we went out for dinner.

We dropped by our bags and relax little bit around 9PM, of course the room was normal still fancy but not decorated yet.
We had dinner outside and passed midnight so we went back to our room, the room was just amazing!
They decorated and prepared some cupcakes for her!
She actually me and other my friends were so surprised and happy!!!!!!
It was awesome night!!!!
We had so much fun at that night and in Cebu Island for 3 nights.

If you go to Cebu Island, please stay in Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu!!
It's really nice hotel.

Ink Brush Festival in KUMANO


Do you know the KUMANO BRUSH??

It's quite famous all over the world now a days.

KUMANO is in Hiroshima. And there is a festival for the brush!!


DATE: September 23rd, 2014

(Brush craft center, Sakakiyama shrine, Kumano Junior nigh school)

TIME: 10:00-17:00

ACCESS: JR Hiroshima station

                                     ↓  15minutes by JR train

JR Yano station(Kure line) 

                               ↓   15minutes by bus 

Kumano bus stop

                            ↓ 7minutes by taxi

   Kumano craft center 

I like Gosari, Fernbrake, 고사리 ワラビ!

Gosari is one of my favorite dishes!

Maybe it is not that familiar vegetable for many of you but I bet you at least once you have seen it when you ordered bibimbap!

Last week, I visited my home country and stayed at busan and Tong-yeong for family-reunion during Chu-suk(Korean Thanks-giving)

 <--- See what I found at a village market!

Super AAA+++ grade Gosari from Jirisan(Mt.Jiri located south-western part of South Korea, well-known for beautiful nature.)

So I bought a quite of volume, full of a plastic bag, costs me 2000JPY!

Young stems of Fernbrake (Gosari) are commonly used to make Namul, vegetable side dishes.
It is also one of the main ingredients for the most popular Korean dish, bibimbap.

YEAY! ME and my boy at Jirisan, last week.
Having a great meal set of San-che bibimbap and Dotori-mook(Jelly made from acorn starch).

 <--- This is Gosary made by Yuno!
Cooked them(Not all of them, maybe 1/6) last night and I already finished it, so Yammy.

Fernbrake is called "the beef of the mountains" due to the high protein content.
It is also good for diet and digestion because it's high in dietary fiber.
However, it is better to eat bracken cooked since the raw ones contain thiaminase, which decomposes vitamin B1.
It is usually sold dried so you should soak it in water and blanch it before cooking.

Do you want to try Gosari?! :P