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!!

Mt.Ontake, Autumn Color.

It has just started Autumn color around Takayama!!

I always try to go new places to see

the best seasonal view every year.

This time, Mt. Ontake!

It is famous mountain because it erupted last year...

Fortunately, there was no damage Gifu side.

The owner who owned "Gonoike goya" decided to open his Hat this season again.

I love that place so much, so I visited again there.

The weather was perfect to see Autumn colors.

I enjoyed beautiful sunset, clear sky with thousands of stars and milky way!!

I got up early to see sunrise and had morning coffee at the terrace!!

It was -3℃ on the top of the mountain, so water was frozen....!!

The hat will be closed 15th October because of snow,

but I recommend to stay at "Gonoike goya" if you have chance to visit.

The autumn color in Takayama town will be started very soon!!

Beautiful Kyoto Beautiful Food Beautiful BOSS!

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, This is Kana here.
It's getting colder now  and make me not wanna get out of bed 

Kyoto is one of must-visit in Japan and personally I love Kyoto  too.  Me and Chika from Hiroshima J-hoppers often visit Kyoto and Osaka together for.....half sightseeing and Drinking!!

We catch up with Erika from J-hoppers Kyoto and Keiko from J-hoppers Osaka in Osaka and had dinner together and shared many stories. Was awesome night! The restaurant which recommended by Keiko was AWESOME. I wish I could visit there with them again.

On the 2nd day, our Boss Aki took me and Chika for sightseeing in Kyoto and had beautiful Local lunch!!
We were so impressed with those little dishes. They were so delicate and we were all speechless due to the taste.

Tofu cuisine is one of well known local food in Kyoto. 

And he took us where he spent his childhood. Was so quiet and peaceful. We had such a relaxing time.

Thanks Erika and Keiko for the 1st night!! Thanks Aki-san and Shin-san
 for the 2nd night!!!
And Thank you very much Chika for traveling to Osaka and Kyoto with me!!

Hiroshima Kagura

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

It's getting colder and colder morning and evening.
I feel that Autumn has come.

If you are traveling in Japan in Autumn,You have an opportunity to see Autumn festil
everywhere in Japan.

In Hiroshima, we have Kagura shinto dance performance at Autamun festival.
Have you heard it before??
Kagura is aJapanes word referring to a specific type of Shinto theatrical dance—with roots arguably predating those of Noh.

I've seen this kagura since i was a it is so familiar event for me.
If you haven't seen it yet,I definitely  recommend it!

There is Kagura performance at Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen's Culture Center
every Wednesday.
It cost 1000yen per person and you could see two stories.

Here is more information!!

Hiroshima's best souvenirs!!!

Hello. This is Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

It's getting cooler these days and I feel like autumn is just around the corner!!

By the way, baseball is the most popular sports in Japan and many people love to go to game,especially here in Hiroshima.
Have you heard about that??

We have pro baseball team called Hiroshima toyo carp which has been loved by local people for a long time.It is so hard to get a ticket now even on weekdays!

Some people are so crazy about carp, one of my acquaintance, he dyed his hair red because red is carp's team color !

If you come to Hiroshima, you will see a lot of carp merchandise at many places, at airport,station,department stores,and even at convenience stores!
My friend got those fans.they are baseball players but sometimes treated as idols!

You can check more amazing carp merchandise on this website:

It must be good souvenirs!!

What a beautiful buddy!!

How's going your life??

For me...Finally...  I've got a motor bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is like this!

☆YAMAHA  serow250☆

It's a off-road bike. I choose this one because I would 

love to ride a bike in a mountain!!!!

It can do it☆☆

It's just getting a maintenance now.

I will get it at the end of this month:)

I can not wait!!!!

After I got this bike, I will go for touring bike to 

everywhere by my self,with my friend...

Oh-----I'm really really looking forward to

seeing again to my baby----.

Have you ever traveled Japan by motor bike?

It also can be nice to look around by motor bike.

We have a lot of nature and good spots at country side.

I am also interested in travel to abroad by motor bike.

I will do it some day:)

 Have fun to everyone☆☆


Manyo-no-yu(hot springs)

Finally I went to Manyo-no-yu(hot springs) the other day.
It's close to the Fukuoka airport.
They have some family hot springs(private), Ganbanyoku, a large relaxing room, a internet room, a hot yoga studio and more!!!!!!
You can wear Yukata(spa gown) for free!! 
There are free shuttle buses from Hakataza(5 min on foot from Fukuoka Hana Hostel), Hakata Sta and Fukuoka city hall in Tenjin.
It was pretty good place!!

Sign of the begging Autumn

This is Kimy from J-stay.

Are you enjoying Autumn?

I would like to introduce 4 things to expect at the start of autumn

When we look at the sky, brush clouds and shape of sardines clouds make us feel that autumn is coming soon.
There are many kinds of cloud name in Japanese especially in autumn.

When you hear the orchestra of bugs at night, it means it's the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Long time ago the Japanese noble people enjoyed bugs in different kinds of entertainment.
*Night Concert Competition
*Bug Hunting
*Best bug as a gift to the emperor

TV program showed that part of the brain are working when people are listening bugs ring.
Asian: Right part (Sensitive creative part)
Western ;Left part (Analizing part)
Japanese: Right and Left part

That’s why Japanese people have made thousands of poems during many centuries.

Here is one Japanese old poem 500 years ago written by one great poet and I learned it in tea ceremony lesson
松虫 高砂のおのえの松に吹く風をふもとにうつすむしの声かな (千草有功)
Matsumushi (Pine cricket)
On the top of beautiful hill I feel wind through pine tree forest at the same time, under the hill the orquestra of Matsumushi (pine tree crickets) are playing like a copy of this wind.
The Japanese people believed that wind brings new season. So according to this poem the writer wants to express even though bugs are feeling this kind of change of season.

As we know that this is the best season to harvest foods.
There are many kinds of food as a sign of this season; Mushroom, Chesnutt, Sanma (pacific saury), peer, grapes and sweet potato.

Let's enjoy autumn. :)


Let's try to drink Japanese SAKE in Osaka : )

Hello, this is Haru from Osaka Hana Hostel : )

Have you ever tried Japanese Sake??
Sake is my favorite, so I would like you to try it if you come to Japan!!

We have opened the bar named ''hana SAKE bar'' downstairs.
It opens from 17:00 to 24:00.
We offer Sake and many other liquors from over Japan!!

 Hidemi-chan's Obanzai(Japanese Home cooking)

 NestBeer and Obanzai. delicious...!!!

Japanese Karakusa Makkori.
Sake and many other liquors

We are featured on the article "The Best Bars in Horie, Osaka", published by The Culture Trip.…/the-10-best-bars-in-horie-osaka/
Please check this web site : )

We have a wide choice of sake so you may find your favorite!!

Have a party with our guests♪

I often go to this bar and drink after work ...hahaha

Let's enjoy to drink♪
We are looking forward to seeing you at Osaka : )

Thank you for reading!!

great coffee shop in Kyoto "Rokuyosha"

If you would like to taste great coffee in Kyoto, 

I differently recommend you to 六曜社 



It is located in the city center of Kyoto.

The roast coffee is so deep and delicious. 
In this nice place, you can relax yourself and spend great moment.
I can swear;-)

Also, I recommend you to have a doughnut!
This coffee and doughnut is such a lovely couple.

If you would like to spend a slow time with great coffee,
you should come to Rokuyosya!


 Kawaramachi, Sanjo-Sagaru East, Chuo Ward, Kyoto City




 First Floor - 075-221-2989 (8:30 am - 11:00 pm)
Basement Floor - 075-241-302611 (11:00 am - 12:30 am - the bar opens at 6:00 pm)

Kansai vs. Kanto

One day after work I joined in the conversation of some Japanese guests, and it so happened one was from the Kanto region and two others from Kansai. For those who worry a heated argument would ensue, please be rest assured that the conversation was mostly harmonious, civilized, and filled with laughter, despite differences in opinion. (It was in part thanks to me, who resisted the urge to play them against one another) . It emerged in the conversation that were used to quite different abbreviations for some proper nouns. It is not so relevant, but I have also added the abbreviation we use in HK as well for your reference. Here are a few examples:

(1) Universal Studio Japan:
Kanto: USJ
Kansai: Uniba (no v sound in Japan; all v becomes b)
Hong Kong: ???

(2) McDonald's
Kanto: Makku
Kansai: Makkudo
Hong Kong: 老麥 (trans: Old Mc) /麥記 

(3) 7-eleven 
Kanto: Sebun (Japanese pronunciation of seven)
Kansai: Sebuire  
Hong Kong: Sefen (with special emphasis on the second syllable, and we do not like the "v" sound/7仔 (trans: Little Seven)

And on a different note, when they also split in how they ask which year someone is in at university as well.

Kanto: Nan nen (年)sei desu ka? (trans: Which year are you in?)
Kansai: Nan kai (回)sei desu ka? (trans: How many years have you been at university? [correct me if I am wrong about the meaning of kai)

So just because you are in the same country, it does not mean you can fully understand each other in the first instance. After spending one year in Japan, I am sure I have already missed out on some trendy new phrases. So fellow Hong Kongers, don't be surprised if I look puzzled when you speak to me. I implore you to speak plain Cantonese and avoid trendy phrases.   

Every day life :)

These days in J-Hoppers Kyoto we are having a trainee from Steiner School Yui-chan. She is on her second year of high school, and she chose our guesthouse to learn how it is to work at the front desk.

As for me, I think it is a great opportunity for high school students to understand who they actually want to be before choosing the major and entering university.
First of all, our manger Erika made a small excursion for Yui-chan in our small hostel telling the history of the place, since J-Hoppers Kyoto was the first guesthouse of our growing J-Hoppers group and explaining some marketing nuances. While guests were coming for check-in, we showed how we work with foreign and Japanese customers. We also talked about major Kyoto sightseeing spots and easiest ways to go around the city. Yui-chan also helped us with cleaning and decorating the space.
And today we are going to organize small Poland Party with Pierogi!
Please join!

Climb Mt. Fuji 2nd time in my life

Hello! This is Masae from Osaka Hana Hostel.
I climbed Mt. Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan -  3776meters) second time in my life.

We took the bus from Fujinomiya station in Shizuoka prefecture.
 We met this gentleman while we wait for the bus.
He told us he climb Mt. Fuji 4times in a year on 4 different route.
We asked him some questions and he knows we are beginner.
 After the bus departs, he came to us and gave the map of Fuji which he bought it for himself.
I was not sure if I will be able to make it but after I received the map from him,
I made my mind I won't give up.


This is Fujinomiya Route.
You can see the 8th hut
It doesn't looks so far but it was.....

We had Udon noodle on the 7th hut
Amazing view
We are over the cloud !
We cross from Fujinomiya to Gotemba route and stay this place
"Akaiwa Hachi gou kan"
We highly recommend this place.
Staff are super friendly and nice.

The dinner is all you can eat Japanese Curry!
Taste great!!
such a lovely place and people
The weather was amazing and we could see
the shadow of Fuji " Kage Fuji" 影富士
The shadow extends from the land to the sky!

We would like to say thank you for all the staff at
赤岩八合館 Akaiwa Hachi Gokan
If we have any chance to go back, we will stay there for sure.
Weather was perfect!
Actually, I never thought I would climb that mountain twice in my life....
Because when I tried it first time I was 12years old with my family and we did it in 1day.
And it was so hard for us to climb 7hours and get down 4hours in a day with the lack of oxygen.

But I absolutely enjoyed it this time with a perfect weather.

I really thank to my boyfriend who encourage me to try it again
and all the people I met on Mt. Fuji.

I will try one more time in the future !!

New restaurant information 2015 Summer.

① Ramen Miyagawa Ibuki

It is special collaboration "Miyagawa Chuka" and " Menya Ibuki"

Both two are very popular Ramen restaurants for locals.  

10:00-16:00 (Closed on Tuesday)

② Toshi Ten (Fugu and Tenpura)

It is in "Dekonaru Yokocho (Yatai-mura)",

Free- Wi-Fi and free Charger available
(Only Japanese plug adapter though)


You can enjoy seasonable Veggie tempura,
just 1,000 yen ( 6 kinds of Veggie Tenpura set)

I hardly recommended to have Fugu Tenpura
(See the picture!)

Japanese Tea Stand

Hi there.
I have accidentally found this tea stand recently.
I don't know any other tea stand even in Kyoto where the tea ceremony was born.
The stand opened last December and now they are preparing English menu.
They have many kinds of tea, you can customize and take away like a coffee stand.

Green smoothie is very popular in recent years but I got green TEA smoothie this time!
The smoothie contains tea leaves, pineapple, honey and coconut water.
That sounds weird combination though it tastes really good.
You tastes the sweetness first (not too sweet) and then the tea flavor come after.
It is very refreshing and nice to have it in this season.

tea channel TERAMACHI
Address 266-2, Shikibu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8061

Along "Takoyakushi" street, between "Teramachi" street and "Gokomachi" street

Opening hours Wed. to Sun.  10am - 8pm

Mon.  12pm - 8pm

Tue.  Closed

Oktoberfest in Osaka!

We have Oktoberfest at Umeda Skybuikding now!
It's untill the 30tth of August (Sun)
Weekday/ 5PM to 10PM
Weekend/11AM to 10PM

I orderd cassis beer, was pretty good:)

Enjoy rest of summer!


Hi! It is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Summer is almost over here in Hiroshima.
However, it is still hot ….
I still need to put sunscreen when I go out.
And one more! I need ice cream when it is hot day.
Have you ever tried ice cream in Japan?
Please let me introduce about my favorite ice cream!

< Aisu-no-mi (アイスの実) >
It is a small sherbet ball. Each ball looks like a little berry.
Aisu-no-mi have different color and flavors.
(Ex. Peaches, Grapes, Kiwis, Bananas… etc)
Since it is bite-size, it is easy to eat.
You can find it at convenience stores and supermarkets.

<Gatsun-to-mikan (ガツンとみかん)>
You probably will be surprised when you open the packaging bag.
It contains REAL mikan (mandarin) !
Usually I do not like big ice creams because I get headache from the ice…. 
However, this one is an exception for me.I can eat the whole of this easily!
If you have this once, you will be a fan of this ice cream.

                Not only these but also chocolate or vanilla ice cream you can get at a cheap price!

Why don’t you try Japanese ice cream once?

Attack on Titan

Do you know Attack on Titan?
It's title of  manga comics and now is really big in Japan and also all over the world.
I don't really read manga but after I started to read it, I couldn't stop reading and couldn't sleep lol

It's really big in Japan.
Universal Studio Japan had a the attraction for it.
The features a full-size, 15-meter (about 49-foot) Eren Titan — the first of its kind in the world, according to the theme park — as well as a 14-meter (46-foot) female Titan. Visitor can witness the Titans locked in fierce combat from the perspective of Survey Corps members.
(Sorry, now it's finished.)

And now even Attack on Titan film is out!

They became even face pack!!!

Japan is really crazy about it :D

Tenkawa Village in Nara

I went to village of Tenkawa known as a hidden historic spot in Nara.
The village is registered as a World Heritage!
Tenkawa Village is particularly known for water, which says a lot, considering the abundance of water in Japan.
The area contains a cluster of Dorogawa springs known as "gorogoro water," which literally means "rumbling water."

I and my friend walked through the forest about 11km head to Dorogawa hot spring.
It was not a easy way to get there but so beautiful spots are all around!!

The area has become popular among young people as spot for spiritual moorings.


be careful of bears

This year is crazy . I have kept hearing that bears appeared in  Takayama.

So some parks in Takayama were closed due to bears.

I  saw a bear outside of Takayama when I was driving   last month.

The bear is small kid and I was in my car so I did not get scared.

I would have got scared if I saw him on foot.

One reason is  that they do not have enough foods in mountains so they come to town to eat rubbish.

As you might know if you go to Japanese mountains ,please take a bell with you to keep away from bears.

I saw this bear.