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!!

Road Trip in Hokkaido....

Hello! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
This month I took a trip to Hokkaido to see my friends who live there.
Since Hokkaido,which is located at the north end of Japan,is known as the biggest prefecture in Japan,we decided to do a road trip around Hokkaido this time.

It was late autumn and chilly in the middle of Hokkaido so we could see autumn colors near Mt.Tokachi-dake.Was AMAZING! 
Blue Pond (Aoi-ike)
Also,have you ever heard about  a blue pond? It is a famous pond in Hokkaido with beautiful blue color and its picture was chosen as the desktop wallpaper of  the personal computer of Apple Inc.Though I heard the color was lost due to great typhoon before my trip,when I got there, it was BLUE! I could not help taking pictures...!
Best SUSHI...!

 If you go there, don't miss local food of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for seafood ,soup style curry and milk products.I really enjoyed them. Especially,SUSHI was absolutely fabulous!  I would like to go there again and stay longer. Also,I want to watch a baseball game in Sapporo next time~!

If you are interested in food I had in Hokkaido,please refer to the links below. ◎Sushi: Hanamaru Sushi 花まる寿司(English)
◎Soup style curry:SAMA Soup Curry (Japanese)
◎HUGE Paste-like sweet potato:Cranberry Obihiro(Japanese)
◎Ice cream with cookies:Rokka-tei六花亭(English)

Enjoy your trip!

Festival of Age

One of the well-known festivals in Kyoto ,"Festival of Age"was held this Saturday.
This is the anniversary of foundation of Kyoto and about 2000 parade people dressed in authentic clothes representing famous figures in Japanese history.

It took nearly 2 hours to watch the entire procession pass by.
The entire route of the parade stretched about 5 kilometers.
Crowds become most dense at the Imperial palace and on the approach to Heian Shrine.

This festival take place every year on 22nd October.
If you are keen on Japanese historical costumes or Japanese history, this is the one !

Sight seeing in Kyoto

Hi, there: )How is it going?

My best friends came back to Japan from Australia on the 30th of September!

It is been six years since the last time we met in Brisbane.

Finally we could catch up in Osaka!

My friends and I went to Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera Gion in Kyoto for worship.

It was awesome!

There still left so many things that we would like to do in Kyoto!

We want to come back there soon: )

Thank you very much for your reading.

Have a splendid day!


This is Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA hostel!

Do you know  'MOMIJI MANJU'?

It's a maple-shaped Manju Cake and a popular souvenir from Hiroshima.
If you are in Hiroshima, you can find a lot of MOMIJI MANJU shops especially at Hiroshima station and on Miyajima island.
When I visit Miyajima, I always buy the ones with cheese taste:)

Since Oct 3rd, only in Hiroshima, you can buy also
KITKAT  with MOMIJI MANJU taste!!!

I'm note sure if it is tasty, but I will try it!!
And the maple mark on it.  Cute!

As you might know there are various flavors of KitKat in JAPAN.
Why don't you collect a lot of  them as  souvenirs and also try the one with MOMIJI MANJU taste during your time in Hiroshima?

Hikking debut in the Japanese Apls

Hello everyone !

It is starting to get colder those past days, but at least it is not raining like last month... Then, if it is not rainy I can hike ! For the past two months I get stuck with bad weather... Such an "ame onna", woman calling the rain, as the Japanese say.But then I got two days of good weather and flew to Kamikochi !

On the way to the volcano !

Yake-dake reflecting in Taisho Pond
First day I went to climb Yake-dake, a living volcano. I hiked from Naka-no-yu bus stop. I climbed 4h to reach the top. There you can feel the volcano breathing ! White smoke coming from the hearth of the mountain spread in the air. And it is quite... smelly ! The view from the top is quite amazing as you can see Azusa river bank on one side, Yari-dake on another and the southern Alps too ! I did not climbed to the top as I was not sure to last until Kamikochi. I needed 2h30 to reach the valley, and my legs were really shaking during the last part. But it was such a relief and joy to realize that I did climb this mount !

Kamikochi from Yake-ake summit
I spend one night in the valley. I booked a dorm near Kappa-bashi where they also served dinner and breakfast. The dorm is an annex to a main hostel and I could relax in the bath after my loooonnnnnngggg hike.

Hotaka Range view from Kappa-bashi area
The second day I kept walking down the river. I firstly headed to Taisho-ike and Tashiro-ike. Then I get back on my track and walked to Kappa-bashi then I continue on the east cost to reach Myojin-bashi. Myojin-ike is a pond situated inside a shir\\rine so you have to paid to enter it, but it was such a great view ! Even if this year the change of color of the leaves is not the most beautiful the pond was really impressing ! Then I went back to the dorm where I left my backpack.

Myojin-ike in Autumn colors

To be honest my legs are totally dead ! Just the though of stairs is hurting...
I my have been to greedy for my first hike in Kamikochi, but it was so refreshing ! Now when I recommend to the guest to go to Kamikochi or to hike Yake-dake I know what I am speaking about.

UMEBOSHI (Plum pickled)

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel It's Kana here.

Summer is already over and it's getting colder and colder everyday. How was your summer?
I hope everybody had good one.

Summer is one of busiest season in Japan and also Hana hostel as well. We  welcomed many people from all over the world everyday.
What I did this summer is....

I made 

Umeboshi or dried ume is pickled ume fruits. Ume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot.
Umeboshi is typically traditional Japanese pickled food. In Japan, it is used in various dishes as side dishes with  breakfast, rice balls for lunch, boiled and seasoned for dinner. 

Umeboshi is getting known as one of healthy food in the world. It contains a lot of good nutrition.

So even in other country has it just like supplement for the health.

I salted many Ume in June and leave it about 2 months. And picked the best day in August which has to be sunny 3 days in a low to dry them up!

 and Put them in a bottle and leave it for another few months! so either this month or next months is to be ready to be eaten!!!

It is my first time to make it I can't wait
!!! Hope it will be awesome Umeboshi and I enjoy with my awesome colleague at Hana hostel!

Please try Umeboshi if you visit Japan!! You might be really like it!

Watched new movie called " Kimi-no-nawa"

Hi, this is Shoko from Osaka Hana Hostel.

The other day, I watched  "Kimi-no-nawa" at the movie theater.

This movie is very popular in Japan these days.

The story is about love, but you can expect more than normal love story.

I strongly recommend to watch it if you understand Japanese.

My first half-marathon - running in the rain

Imagine how my anxiety grew in leaps and bounds when the forecast of a cloudy day became light rain and eventually to heavy rain within the span of 24 hours. As I arrived at the venue of the Ondake half marathon on Sep 22, 2016 under a downcast sky, I eyed the runners surrounding me nervously, discovering, to my horror, that many were equipped with either a rain jacket or a makeshift raincoat cut out of a huge plastic bag. I. on the other hand, had nothing of that sort with me. To tell you the truth, I had never before jogged in the rain, let alone for such a long distance. Naturally, I had no idea what would be in store for me running in such challenging conditions, not to mention it was my first attempt at a half marathon. I earnestly believed that I there was a good chance I would not be able to finish it.

As runners, including me, gathered at the starting line, rain began to fall in earnest. As I looked around me, I found, to my relief, that a handful of runners, like me, were without any protection against the rain. This in turn assured me that running in such an outfit was after all not insane or life-threatening. Having said that, the 21 km-run was quite unpleasant over all, as not long after we started running, I was already drenched, and as if it were not bad enough, it was quite cold that morning too. I did not bring my phone with me (I am glad I did not; otherwise, my phone would have been dead) so I am afraid I do not have any photos to show you visually how bad the conditions were, but I think you get the idea from my description.

I did managed to drag myself to the finishing line, recording a time that was not too embarrassing, as I was told. I remember I almost screamed out in joy when one of the volunteers standing on the side urging us on shouted to us, "no more uphill from then on". I soon found myself speeding up , eager to end the misery as soon as I could. But the satisfaction I felt crossing the finishing line was immense! I hope to participate again next year, and hopefully I will be blessed with a much bad weather, and I will be able to see Mt Ondake up close!


We held a special party at J Hoppers Hiroshima on the 9th of this month.

Our cleaning staff Tabasa made all the plans and we decided to make Okonomi-yaki this time!
Okonomi-yaki is a Japanese salty pancake that consists of thinly sliced pork, eggs, vegetables, and noodles inside.
It's pretty popular in Hiroshima and we eat it A LOT!!

The party started at 6:30 and kept going until almost 10pm.

Party just started! Yayyy!
Our previous night staff Kawa-chan cooking Okonomi-yaki

We also had a few local people as guests. They enjoyed chatting and exchanging their own cultures :)
We will definitely throw some party again!
Please join us if you stay at J Hoppers Hiroshima when the party happens!

!! Strengthening physical fitness !!

Hello everyone:)
I'm MAYU from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I am 32 years old, then I feel that I'm getting old year after year...

I like drinking with my friends. I could drink all night
2 years ago... 
And next morning, I had no problem with my work at all.
I did need only 3 hours to sleep and recover.
I was really tough.

But now...
I need more than 6 hours...
There is no choice to drink all night...
I can not keep wake me up till late night.


Then... I have decided to do something for my aging body.
When I was young, like a student, I was very good at running 
long distance. I like it now too.

So... I go for running once a week.
And someday, I'd like to participate in the big marathon race.


I hope that my body will be tough again and drink all night:)
It's very important about tools to keep my motivation.

I need to get good running wear and nice shoes, a cap and so on.
My wish is that my body watch will be slowly and 
sometimes get it back by myself!!

Keep trying to do something!!


Sketching again !

 Hello everyone ! 


Some weeks ago I went with my coworker to a furnitures store. Walking along the alley I stopped in front of some sketch books. I just though that I did not draw fro a long time and just missed it a little...

I finally bought a criterium pen and a sketch book. If I could I would draw every day a little, but cannot keep the rythme..! 

I normally do "manga style" drawing but when I am using a sketch book I want to draw what I see. It is like an exercice to see my environnement as it is... So I got to see my hand a lot ! I am choosing small subject to do quick draw, never more than 5minutes. So the hand is quite is to use !

Well it just good to get back on sketching and drawing !

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