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 accommodation staff Hidemi's farewell party

Hello : )
This is Haru from Osaka Hana Hostel.

One of our free accommodation staffs Hidemi left Osaka Hana Hostel.
She had worked for a year and 5 months!!!!

We held the farewell party for her on the 4th of September.

 She is going to go to England for her next adventure : )

She is very positive, active and also dedicated person,
so we are sure that where ever she is, she is going her own way!!

Thank you so much, our little sister Hidemi-chan !!

We can see you again, I'm sure.
We always wish you happiness from Japan : )))

Thank you for reading.

Visit Tokyo

This is shige from Jstay
Summer become to autumn day by day but Kyoto is still hot. 

It says in Japanese Zansyo-残暑-.
I hope you could have good memories in this summer and will have more end of last summer days.

In end of August. I've been Tokyo few days. I visited to sight seeing and Disney sea.

It was my second time in Disney resort but it first time to go Disney sea.
It was totally fun. Usually I don't like to wait the line but I didn't feel bad in there.
I don't know why. I think it was Disney Magic.

Tokyo was great city and too big to sight seen.
I was happy to see Mount Fuji behind of Tokyo tower. The hotel staff said it was kind of special.

I've been to some of major spots at this time.
I would like to visit some local places next time

My summer trip in Tokyo *Art Museum at Omote Sando"

Times flies like a arrow. by Kimy from J-Stay 

Summer will be gone soon after typhoon. 

Last weekend I went to Tokyo to visit my ex coworker. Because she is pregnant.
So I gave a  small charm from Okazaki Shrine from Okazaki in Kyoto to have easy delivery. 
We had a nice lunch and cafe at Omote Sando. 
Omote Sando is fancy shopping area like Prada, Y's, Commes des Garcons and cafes. 
It felt like Im in maganize model or something. ;P

Actually my main purpose to visit Omote Sando was to go to Nezu Art Museum. 
This museum focuses on watching moon. 
One of popular architect in Japan Kengo Kuma designed this museum. The first approach hallway is like to way to another dimension world.
Bamboo is a weird plant because it not tree nether grass which has gaps and grow straight up to sky. Japanese architecture has many way made of bamboo especially tea room.  

Roof top but inside, it is the first to see this style!

Moon ship from Korea island 

Special exhibition was about Technique and Expression in traditional Japanese Painting.
I learned new technique in Japanese painting! I would like to show below.

*Inkline drawing  TARASHIKOMI  たらしこみ

*Exetrior shading SOTOGUMA 外ぐま

This drawing technique is creating the effect of variation in light and dark shading snow and light bright white 

*Inkline drawing HAKUBYO 白描
This technique was for Esoteric Buddhist drawing. 

*Rainbow coloring UNGEI SAISHIKI 雲霓彩色
creating the effect of variation in light and dark color not by blending or shading but by bands of colors next to each other standing with lighter tones and becoming progressively darker. 

This museums has 4 teas ceremony I want to have tea ceremony one day!

the founder watch moon from this canoe?

With my best friend ‘parfait  with fresh seasonal fruits

@Tubame Grill I really tasted so delicious hamburg so ever!

I had nice time in Tokyo.  See you next time!

I miss sumer :(

Hi there! This is Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima :)

Summer is almost over and a typhoon is hitting in Japan..
I hope the typhoon will move off to us soon :(

By the way, did you enjoy in this summer ?
I headed to Tsunoshima in Yamaguchi prefecture at the end of summer with my bf.


When I arrived in island, I was excited and happy screamed too much XD
 It was so beautiful !!


I had Kaisen-don(assorted seafood rice bowl) for lunch.

It was soooo good. (yum yum)!!
After that we were swimming and floating in the sea. 

This is ocean view from our room in Hotel Nishi Nagato Resort.  
If you have any chance to go to Tsunoshima, I recommend to stay at least 1night.

I had really blissful time there!! 

On my way home, we went to motonosumi inari shrine. 
This shrine was listed on CNN’s pick for most beautiful places in Japan.


I thought through this trip ,there are many wonderful place nearby I still don't know.

I wonder where to go in Autumn:)

another my favorite cafe ♡

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

Recently I went to Sanjo area with my friend to discover.

For me, Sanjo area is like Melbourne in Australia.

There are many fancy cafes, restaurants and shops in this area.
So I have been looking for the opportunity to discover this area and finally I made it ! 
And I found another my favorite cafe out there ! Hooray :)

I think I am a fancy person about food and beverage and I always trust my first impression when I go to new restaurants and cafes.
If I am satisfied , I keep going whenever I have time and possibly become a regular customer.
If not, I won't ever go back again.

And this time, I went a cafe which I never have been yet and gave me a good impression !
Everything was good and especially the atmosphere melted my heart ♡ 
I really regret that i have been missing this place for a long time :(

So right after few days, I took another friends there again and enjoyed a moment a lot :)
Now I am pretty sure that I keep visiting this cafe for a while !

If you have an opportunity to visit Sanjo area, you can try this cafe :)


cafe independants
11:30 AM - Midnihgt

See ya around :)

Summer '16

Still really hot in Kyoto but summer is coming to its end little by little....
Today I want to share some beautiful scenes that I have seen in this summer.


At Shinjuku-gyoen in Tokyo, was so green and refreshing.

The ocean close to Kamakura.
It was not perfect but I could see the sunset.

Sunset from the top of Mt. Inari. It looked more beautiful after a hike.

Sunrise from a cafe near my hometown. 
I woke up at 4 in the morning, drove for about 30min. and had super early breakfast there. 
Thanks to my parents for keeping my company :P

Maze Firework Display

Located near the famous hotspring town Gero, Maze is a small picturesque town nestled amongst the mountains. Ever year, on the last Saturday in August, a spectacular firework display will be held there. I have heard a lot of rave reviews about it, and this year, I finally got to chance to see it with my own eyes, and it is no exaggeration that I was completely blown away. I was born in Hong Kong, and I am no stranger to firework displays, but never have I been able to see that up so close and with hardly any light pollution, unlike in Hong Kong. I was immediately mesmerized when the first firework exploded in the sky after the count down. It was worth the long wait! We arrived at Maze to secure a good spot at five, and the firework display started at eight. There is talk that this might be the last year this event is held due to budget issues, but I do hope not. I would definitely like to go back and see this spectacular firework display again in the future!

Highschool Baseball

Hi everyone !

Did you enjoy your summer ?

For me August means "Koshien" the National Baseball Highschool Tournament in Japan.

Last year while I was living in Osaka I went to cheer the baseball player four times, that why everyone calls me a "Highschool Baseball Freak" ! Even my superiors asked me if I would be alright in Takayama because the baseball is not real famous here. Well I am fine with my TV !

This year was really interesting with some good surprises !
The loss of both Tokyo teams in the first round.
The defeat of Nara Highschool which won the Tournament in Spring.
The last inning come-back from Toho Highschool.
And the most surprising for me, the team I cheered for went to the finale !
Last year any team I was cheering for lost... once, twice, third time, fourth time... I though I was a black cat and some customers at Hana Sake Bar asked me to cheer the opposite team !

But this year I started cheering for Hokkai, the team from Hokkaido since I watched all their matches and like their play. Some of my coworkers called me a "Onishi fan", Onishi is the pitcher of Hokkai and I do like his pitching style. But I was fan of the battery more than the pitcher, and the shortstop/second combi too...

So this year was fun too, but nothing beat to be in the stadium and be moved by the brass band and cheer of the school !

Gujo Dancing Geta (wooden japanese clogs)

Time flies! The summer will be over very soon. What I love most in this summer are the memorable dancing nights in Gujo while it is the first time for me to wear the cypress-made wooden clogs to dance for 6 hours on the streets!!

For over 400 years, Gujo has been holding the dancing festivals in summer from mid-July to early September. Overnight dancing, the highlight of the festival, is held during Obon (from 13 to 16 August) every year while locals and tourists from all over the world can meet at Gujo and dance together. For all the dancing nights, the streets of Gujo is filled with sound of clip-clopping wooden clogs and traditional Gujo dance music. Can you imagine how amazing it is?

This summer, I stayed 2 nights in Gujo areas to enjoy the lovely dance festivals while I can rent the Japanese wooden clogs (Geta in Japanese) to dance. For the last night, I had a chance to wear the geta made by the local shop in Gujo-hachiman and it is the best clogs I have ever worn in my life!!!

The clogs made by the shop are all made by the Cypress in Gujo area while it is strong enough to withstand 32 nights dancing in a row!! While searching fro the website, all clogs are made by the owner for the belief of connecting the culture, human and the forest. I am deeply moved by his motive while making the good quality clogs in order to preserve the local culture of Gujo!!! The lively sound of wooden clogs are not only essential for dancing in the festival, but also help preserving a traditional japanese culture.

Let’s buy a pair of geta and visit Gujo for dancing next year!!!

For more information about the festival and clogs, please refer to the links below:

Sunflower Festival

             \ Hello ! Are you enjoying the summer ?  /

I found a flower with smiley face:)
Hi. This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Last week, i went to Sera town 
which is in northern part of Hiroshima prefecture with my friends.

We went to the Sunflower Festival of Sera Kogen Farm.
Since Sunflowers are my favorite flower, I really enjoyed it !
They had About 50 species 1.1 million sunflowers !!
 It is one of the biggest sunflower fields in Japan.

Unfortunately, the last day of the festival was on Aug 21st.
However, you can enjoy Dahlia flowers next  from September 10, 2016 (Sat).
I also found some Dahlia flowers at sunflowers field. 
They were still small but beautiful!
I would like to go there for the Dahlia festival as well..!

<2016 Autumn Dahlia Festival>

Period  September 10, 2016 (Sat) - October 23 (Sun)
Closed days None
Opening hours 9:00~17:00
Entrance fee
Adults 800 yen, children from 4 years old to elementary school students 400 yen (group with more than 15 people will get a 1 person discount)
Parking lot 1,000 vehicles (free)
Other * Visitors may feel free to bring their own boxed lunches. 
             Please clean after yourselves.

We also did picking Nashi (Asian pears) and visited the Sera winery in Sera town.
It is quite far from Hiroshima city 
but I highly recommend going there if you have got a car .