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!!

30 day squat challenge !

Hi there ! Madi is here :)

Recently I started doing exercise whenever I have time.
I don't know why but since I started working here, I have been super lazy lol
so didn't do any exercise at all :(
Nowadays it is getting warm and nice to start doing exercise so I started going for jogging (I'm super beginner so run like a turtle lol, well does it run actually !?) and plus  doing "30day squat challenge". This may ring your bell if you were in states last year or other countries around states maybe, I'm not too sure.
Anyway it was popular idea for ladies to get nice or I'd say sexy shape on your butt and suddenly some of my friends started so I joined them.

This is actually easy to keep doing for next 30 days if you already get used to exercise but for me, the first 4 days were so tough :( If my friends were not doing then I would have given up already so thanks to my friends !
Now so far I'm doing well constantly so hope I can get the good result. (I'm sure that I wouldn't get that ↑ sexy butt like the lady. lol That would be great though !)
Now I can't wait to share the result with my friends soon :)

Catcha ! xo



大体は夜中、お酒を飲んだ後に行くことが多いので、背脂ギットギトの濃いラーメンを食べてます。 去年の健康診断で中性脂肪が多めだったので気を付けたいとおもいます。



4月15日から始まったKyotoGraphie 色んな国の色んな写真家・アーティストが京都市内の各所の建物で作品を披露しています。

見に行ったのは ハンネ・ファンデル・バウデ という写真家の個展。






Hi.This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

Are you a Cat🐱 person or a Dog🐶 person?
I prefer dogs especially Shiba dogs:one of Japan’s six native breeds and one of the most popular dogs all over the world. I am a big fan of them.
Once you open my Instagram,you can see may photos of them since I follows many people who have Shibas.
He is one of the most famous Shibas in Japan. 
▼If you are a dog-lover,please check it out!▼ 
  @marutaro Japanese Shiba MARU

My grandpa also has a Shiba,named Ryu,and every time we visit him we take her for a walk .She is not a puppy but small because she is a breed of dog, called Mame(small-sized) Shibas.This month,I went with my sister to my grandpa's house.
 It was such a nice day.We stayed out side for a long time.
During walking with my sister and Ryu,we found many spring plants and picked up some  and after that asked my grandma to cook them. This is how I enjoy my spring.Enjoy the rest of your spring!  
Look! How small she is...

Microbrewery Beer Festival

Hi. This is Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA.

It's getting hot in Hiroshima.
Did you enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan?
Actually all cherry blossoms have fallen already, but it was so beautiful!!

5min walk from Hana hostel
A few days ago, I visited the Microbrewery Beer Festival at a park near the Atomic-bomb Dorm in Hiroshima for the first time.
It was a really hot day. So a lot of people enjoyed having various kinds of beer and I saw some people already wearing T-shirts. Also a lot of tourists were there.

Actually, I don't like beer.:D But there are a lot of food stalls which sell really tasty food! So even if you do not like beer, you can enjoy the beer festival and it's admission free. If I have time, I will go to this festival again next year.

Miracle oil , TAMANU

This is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

My topic for today is TAMANU OIL, is also called a miracle oil for its efficacy.
Tamanu is a plant and is often seen in tropical islands such as Hawaii , Tahiti or Madagascar and is also called a sacred plant.

Tamanu oil is efficient for both your beauty and health.
For a beauty usage, it is efficient for moisturizing and anti-ageing.
It also helps with your wrinkles!
As for your health care, it helps with any dermatitides.
It shows effect on any parts of your body, such as face, body or even hair!

Thank you for reading:)

Exploring Onomichi: )


How are you?

This is Kazzy from Osaka Hana Hostel.

I had five days off at the end of March so I visited Onomichi in Hiroshima prefecture.

Senko-ji, a very beautiful temple, is located here.

On my way to the temple I found a nice cafe which is connected to Miharashi-tei (a guest house).

It was lovely stay.

If you have time, please go there and just chill and relax: )

We hope you have a lovely day/night.







味で感動するお店です^^ 機会があったらぜひお願いします(^^♪

New love for GIN

Do you like gin?

Personally gin is not my drink to order at a bar or have it at the party.

There was this time, I was hanging out in town and we found this cool spot.

"I LOVE YOU MORE THAN GIN but GIN is a tonic for me to love you more."

 I already fell in love with the line said at the door, and we stepped in...

The bar was fairly dark but still comfortable and cool, nicely decorated with plants, some random things and of course many gin bottles I've never seen!

What to order? I was very impressed by their menu, absolutely the naming is brilliant and very funny. And very interesting combinations make their unique gin cocktails that everyone would be curious about.

Burdock gin?  Cacao gin? Lavender gin? Flower gin?
I decided to try Shiitake mushroom gin cocktail for a gin adventure, and my boyfriend ordered Kinobi on the rocks.

Kinobi is another thing that I should probably mention here - Kinobi is craft gin made in Kyoto.

生産国 : 京都 / 日本
ボタニカル : 11種類 / ジュニパーベリー、柚子、レモン、山椒、玉露、檜、竹の葉、生姜、紫蘇、木の芽、オリス

They have Kinobi cocktails too which I should try next time.

Left is the cocktail I ordered (the right is just an empty glass that someone enjoyed), maybe you noticed some mushrooms on the cocktail. Yes, the bartender grilled a bit of mushrooms and put them on the cocktail. Such a lovely presentation!

The cocktail was amazing. A bit herby, got a bit of punch at the first sip but still very smooth and aftertaste is slightly mushroomy! And Kinobi Kyoto gin was just unbelievable. Super easy to drink, fresh yet mild, you should give it a try!

I highly recommend you to try this new hip spot for their unique gin cocktails and cozy atmosphere.


Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
It's Kana here.

It's Middle of Spring in Japan which is my most favorite season of  the year!! Not too hot, not too cold and speak of spring is SAKURA! Cherry blossom!!

What we must do in this season...


Have you heard of it ? Hanami is "Cherry Blossom Viewing"

What we do??

We enjoy eating and drinking with Family, friends or corworkers under fully bloomed cherry blossoms.

Sometimes people stay over night at the park to get a good spot for cherry  blossoms.
Sounds crazy but we just do it. Because we can enjoy cherry blossoms only short period in April..
Cherry blossoms bloom between March and April in Japan.
Evey spring many parks get crowded with views and street stalls.
Also there are many kinds of cherry blossoms, SOMEI-YOSHINO is the most famous one in Japan.

So, we had first HANAMI yesterday with my big boss! We are allowed to drink from day time! No one complaint or doubt us as alcoholic.
We had awesome time under cherry blossoms and drink, eat and talk a lot!

I  will try my best to enjoy more Hanami as much as I can !
Please enjoy it during your stay. Don't miss it!!


One day, I saw the horse called “Oguri-cap” on the TV show.
He is one of the famous racehorse in Japan.
7 years has passed since he left for the sky but he is still really famous for his strength among racehorses industry.
When I saw his beautiful muscles, I was shocked and thought “I must go and see racehorses on my own eyes!”
So I asked my friend who knows well about Keiba to take me to Hanshin Keiba racecourse.

Before I went there, my friend told me that there are usually very crowded but it was not so bad as I thought because the place was really huge. 
When we went through the entrance gate, the race was already started and more than 10 horses were running around the big big course.
It was so cool so I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.
From the next race, I bet 100 yen / per race on horses. I tried my best to get my money back but the god of racehorses didn’t give me a beginner’s luck.

But it’s okay. I enjoyed watching horses’ muscles and their running. It’s enough for me.

Quick return to home

Hi everyone !
It is Nana from J-Hoppers Takayama.

At the end of March I went back to France for 6 days. It was a surprise for my father birthday and it turned to be a really success ! It has been 10 months since I left France to come back in Japan.

Spring is coming over France, the cherry blossoms and the weather was so clear. Once again by going back home I realised that I am from a country side, a lot more than Takayama !

I also get great food with my family : home made pizza, choucroute, gartin dauphinois, etc. And of course great wine ! My father openned a bottle as aged as him, well two bottles, and sparkling ! It was a great evening with friends and family.

Now I am back to the Japanese Alps !
Let's enjoy the new season coming here too !

OPENING GAME for Professional baseball


Our home term CARP!!
It's coming the first game tomorrow(*^-^*)
Home stadium will be totally bright red like this picture!!

CARP was champion in Central league.
But they couldn't be winner in whole league.

We are waiting a day what they will be champion in Japan!!

It will be held a ceremony for opening game tomorrow!!
And after that, I'm sure that so many Carp fan is going to
Nagarekawa(An area for night life) to have nice drink and
have wonderful chat each other (*^-^*)


I would like to go for a game more than 3 times for this season.
My best player is Kikuchi.  He is really good at defense.
People call him [忍者 ninja] .
He is so cool (*^▽^*)

I believe that our CARP will be the best team!!!!
Let's go for a game while your travel in Japan :)



Hi, to all those kind people who spare their precious time to check out such an ordinary blog of mine! hehe It's Chippy from J Hoppers Hiroshima :D

About a week ago I had a friend coming over to Hiroshima from Tokyo. She's my friend back in university and we've known each other for more than seven years.

When we travel & go sightseeing together, it always becomes a "All YOU CAN EAT" trip! This time again, we were to eat yummy food as much as possible, and Onomichi would be the place!

It takes about an hour and a half to get to Onomichi from Hiroshima by JR local train and it costs less than 2,000yen.

The city is famous for Ramen noodles which come in soy sauce flavored soup.
Right after we got off the train, we actually saw a few Ramen places and it was really hard to make a decision. We were walking around for almost one hour and finally we picked one place called "Kuh-kai."

After having waited for about 15 minutes, the meal was finally served!

The noodles were actually SUPER good! I don't really eat Ramen as my daily meal, but this one tasted really good! Plus, we only paid for about 500yen for each bowl. It was too good to be served for 500!!

Onomichi is also a fun place to exercise yourself; hike a small mountain and visit the Senkohji temple, go for a walk by the seaside or hire a bike and do 72kilo cycling!
Beautiful scenery from the temple
You'll see many cute cats on the streets <3
We had a plenty of delicious foods in Onomichi but it seems I don't have enough space to write all of the details... so I'll save it for the next time! ;P

If you are here in Japan to experience cultures including its tasty food, Onomichi is somewhere you don't want to miss to visit!! Check online for more details about the city or ask the staff when you arrive at J Hoppers Hiroshima:)

I personally will try 72kilo cycling within a year! Who's with meee??

Go get sightseeing info of Onomichi on the city website "ONONAVI":

The last rakugaki post

 Me in the Winter

Me in the Spring

 I went to Inecho

Saw real seagulls

Found the next goal/image of life:
Living in somewhere can see seagulls everyday.

One year and 5 months in Kyoto, I have too many memories here.
Thousand of thanks to J-hoppers.
Thank you for accepting me as a member and a family.
Thanks Mitsuaki and Natsuki and Madi-san and Yoshi-san.
To leave is sad but I will keep following the wave of fate.
 Life goes on.
Good bye.

Paris Kyoto Reunion

I found out that Paris is one of the Kyoto's sister cities, and I've met a lot of French working professionals/students here - seems like they have special connection in between the two beautiful cities.

I met my Parisian Ben through Couchsurfing which I've been on for the last 9 years. Couchsurfing is a website for travelers who want to interact with locals, and they can even ask people to let them stay on their couches, or asking some local tips or hanging out with locals or other travelers. When I was accepting travelers in Fukuoka, we hosted so many travelers - more than 40 groups in total. And I kept offering my house with my family after I went back to my hometown that is in the middle nowhere and no one knows.
Ben was brave enough to send me a couchsurfing request and asked us if he could stay at our place in tiny town for a few nights, we were like "WHY NOT?", and it turned out to be one of the best couchsurfing experiences and the very first step of our long term friendship!
We showed him around my town, rocked my grandma's Karaoke bar with locals, enjoyed local food, people, overall great time. My family liked him so much that they showed him around even without me!
We were so impressed by his heart, flexibility, communication skill and how social he is in general, and we send each other postcard wherever we travel to, he usually sends me two postcards - one for me in English and the other one for my family in Japanese!

I got to visit him in Paris two years ago, and stayed with him and his fiancée for two weeks!

Paris was so beautiful - and I was surprised to see how many free stuff they could offer, from outdoor cinema to music event to art museum. And always great to hang out with locals to know the best part of the city apart from touristic things. People are so natural and know how to enjoy life, even though I imagine living in the big city like Paris can be tough and stressful sometimes.
It was so nice seeing him and Anna being together and happy, and they even asked me
"Emiko, can you come back to Paris in 3 months because we're having wedding then? And Anna is pregnant!" 
I was so happy even though I couldn't make it to their wedding, and OH MY GOSH their baby boy Noah is the cutest on earth. We write and skype, I'm very happy to see Noah growing up!

And they finally came to Japan, second time for Ben and the first time for Anna. They decided to leave Noah in Paris this time but I hope he can make it some time in the future :)

Me and my boyfriend showed them around a bit of Kyoto with a lot of "only in Japan" experience! Anna is so curious about everything and very adventurous! I love her so much, as a friend, as a mom of one, and as a working independent woman! (lawyer!)

wagashi making

Toji antique market


hahahaha Anna is serious
And even Karaoke!
It was so much fun spending time with this amazing couple, sharing fun times, showing them my favorite places in Kyoto and talking about our lives and past and future. We first met back in 2011, and life has changed A LOT. It's amazing that we keep in touch and care about each other and see our different life stages.
I love couchsurfing but it's pretty rare to keep contacting with the travelers, Ben is an exception!
I hope to see them again (and Noah), hopefully next time in Paris!