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!!

Outing in Yukata

Spring is over and summer has come !
Swimming , tramping , watermelon, fireworks aaaaaaand.... YUKATA !!!!

One of the must things to do in summer is an outing in Yukata.
Some people ask me what is the difference between Kimono and Yukata.
Yukata is made of cotton fabric and people put it on in summer on the other hand, kimono is thicker than Yukata or is made of silk fabric and people dress in kimono on special occasions such as wedding reception or at tea ceremony etc but as a dairy use is also fine!

What is fun about wearing Yukata is the moment hunting for your favorite one out of a wide varieties of colors and patterns and wondering around and taking pictures with friends in the city!

One of my favorite places in Gion is by Shirakawa Dori and it is very photogenic!

If you are keen on Japanese culture, Yukata outing might be for you!

Here's my favorite Kimono(Yukata) rental shop !
Staff are so welcoming, friendly and helpful :) 
Very nice location, close to Fushimi-inari :)
Super recommended !

Discover North Kyoto !

Hi there !
It's Madi here :)

Last Wedenesday, it was my birthday so I took a day trip to Kyo-Tango city where is located north area in Kyoto and this is my favorite city :)
This city faces Japan sea and famous Amanohashidateone of the three most beautiful viewing sites in Japan, boat housesin Ine (Funaya-gun), Kotohiki-Hama beach famous for the sand that makes sound when treaded on it (Naki-suna).

This time, I went to see a swing on the beach in that area.
Unfortunately the weather was not good, when I got there, super thick cloud welcomed me :(
I wished I could see beautiful sunset as well as swing cause the beach is aka marvelous sunset view on this season.
Well, it's for next time :)

Anyway a swing is made by drift woods and looks so lovely.
And because of the weather, there were only few people so then I could spend much time to take good picture :)

I also went to another beach called Kotohiki-Hama beach aka singing sand beach.
It was really singing !!! It was so fun :) and there was a little onsen out there ! ( I didn't try cause I didn't have swimwear with me.)

I definitely recommend to visit this city once you are here :)

Hello readers. Minshin here.
The other day, I was visiting the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the place held the Studio Ghibli Grand Exhibition.
The Studio Ghibli has been very famous since my childhood, I have watched Totoro, Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Castle in the sky, etc., almost all the famous Studio Ghibli movies.
The first photo spot was in the Cat bus.

The second spot was in a model of Laputa.

There are plenty of good you can only buy there.
We have come all the way to Kobe, so I also went to hang around the Chinatown.
You can drink not only Tsingtao beer but Taiwan beer here.

The grilled steamed bun.
There are lots of food stalls here and some stalls served Kobe beef.
This option is not bad and much less than the price you would pay at a restaurant.
I also recommend to drink the Bubble tea here as the shop named Tenfuku(天福茗茶) which the flavor is so similar to Taiwan which is the place of invention.
Take a break in the Starbucks, seeing green plants while tasting a coffee.
This event is until 1st of July, so actions speak louder than words.
All the best,


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!