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!!

Kyoto : Kimono : Camera

Hello! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA.

Last month, we celebrated J-Hoppers' 15th anniversary with a party in KYOTO.
It was really fun!

While in Kyoto, we managed to visit some temples and dress up with a Kimono.

It was the first time for me to wear such a colorful one. So it was exciting!
We were taking pictures with our phones, but then a Japanese guy came and told us he could take the pictures for us.

It turned out he was a professional photographer. So lucky for us!! 

I was so surprised because the pictures taken by his camera were so good and different compared to those taken by my iPhone… 

So I started to think about getting a better camera, but on the other hand, it always looks so heavy…

So, if you know a good camera, which is not that big and heavy, please send me your recommendations!

And if I get the chance to wear such a colorful Kimono again, I would be very happy.

Relaxing in Nara: )


How are you today?

Today,I would love to introduce about one of my favorite cafe in Nara.

It is called -Kuruminoki-くるみの木(Trees Of Walnut).

The emibience of the cafe is very lovely cozy and comfy...

You can not only enjoy the deserts and cakes but also get fancy and lovely knickknacks.

And the wife and huzband who are really kind and nice own and run the cafe, they will be walcoming and take care of you!

Such a lovely place there are: )

「くるみの木  雑貨」の画像検索結果

 「くるみの木 画像」の画像検索結果

「くるみの木 画像」の画像検索結果

「奈良 くるみの木 ケーキ」の画像検索結果

If you explore in Nara,please visit there: )

I hope you have a lovely day!!

Sarubobo drawings

If you have not seen Sarubobo then you have not been in Gifu prefecture yet !
Sarubobo is really famous here, and almost everywhere !

Sarubobo can be seen as a mascot now, but it used to be a popular amulet and doll for young girls. "Saru-" means Monkey and "-bobo" baby. The mother and grand-mother make the doll from the zabuton, those small pillow used to seat on in Japanese house. Sarubobo as no face as the child can project the image, it can be anyone !

And here in Takayama you can see Sarubobo even in our guesthouse !
Lately I drew a lot of book cover for the "Guest Book".
My first Sarubobo cover was in November 2016.

Then I made a new one for February (well January was a Rooster) and prepare one for the next season ! Now I do not have other choice to keep on drawing Sarubobo for each cover of our Guest Book !

And of course when my manager asked me to draw the cover of our "Recipe Book" I could not do anything else than... Sarubobo !

I am becoming a professional for Sarubobo drawing.

Can you see the Rooster on the last three ones ?

What do you have when you get cold?

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
How was your first month of  2017? I hope all of you had great holiday with your family and friends! And I did and really enjoyed Japanese traditional new year!

It is still really cold in Japan and I am wondering that how long more it will be last long... I wouldn't say I don't like winter but I prefer little bit more warm...hehehe :)

Actually I have just recovered from cold and back to work today.

 I had high fever like this from last Sat ↓↓

I haven't had that much fever for ages. So dizzy whole day and couldn't even walk and breath.
I have a queation for you.

What do you have when you get cold??

 We usually have rice porridge. When I was kid, my mum used to make it for me.

If you are too sick to have rice porridge, we  drink POCARI instead↓↓↓
It has good enough nutrition if you can not eat anything. 
(with throat lozenge)

Unfortunately my POCARI run out so quickly and I was in deep trouble... I can't eat anything... But there is NO POCARI...But I am wasy too sick to go out and get it...
At the moment my mum text me with the recipe of hand made POCARI!!!! I was so dizzy and lazy to make it but kept on telling myself that BETTER THAN GO OUT AND GET IT....

And finally made it...

It is really easy actually. mixed up salt, sugar, water and lemon juice...that's it!! 

Please let me know if you have any other recipe that make sick better!!

Also hangover too...POCARI also good for hangover!

SABA TAKU!!(Sushi)

Hello. I'm Mayu from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

What's your favorite food? Any food from your country 

or some Japanese food?

For me, My best one is Sushi(*´▽`*)


Sushi is absolutely

amazing and beautiful Japanese food!! 

I enjoyed some last night at Osaka.

I found a new style sushi in there.

It's a king of Makizushi. (Sushi roll) 

The name is SABA TAKU.

SABA means Morth Borneo. 


A fish with a bluish back、such as the Japanese sardine.

It's my favorite fish.

This Makizushi has SABA and Takuwan.


It's made of Japanese radish.


This a combination was marvelous!!!!!!!!!!!
If you like Sushi,You should try it in someday!

Japanese sushi chef will turn out 

new sushi one by one(*´▽`*)

I take pride of this great culture!!



Taiwan trip in January

Hi everyone,
It is Nana from the J-Hoppers in Takayama.
The year 2017 starts great for me with my first travel in Asia (other than Japan) : Taiwan.

Between the 9th and 12th I went to the Southern part of Taiwan : Takao and Tainan. If everyone go to Taipei, my first trip to Taiwan was only on the south
I was lucky enough to get a private guide who shew me around. I spend half a day in Takao before staying two days in Tainan, and coming back to Takao before flying to Osaka.

The image I keep from Taiwan is : 1) Bike (scouter), 2) Colorful, 3) Banyan tree

I might have said "construction" too as we run into a lot of  construction during our trip. We finished by laughed about more than getting upset. But even though Taiwan was really beautiful and totally different from Japan.

Dome of Light in Takao

House of Tree in Anping in Tainan

Tainan colorful district by night

Takao art zone

Great Emperess temple in Tainan

Confucius Temple in Tainan
I got wonderful time in Taiwan and great weather.
So if you go to Taiwan, do not miss the south too !
Then when I came back in Takayama it was just in time to be caught in 3 days of heavy snow !


My 30th Birthday Party

Hi, this is Shoko from Osaka Hana Hostel.

It has been almost one month since the new year begins

I can't believe how fast time goes by!!

The other day, Hana staff gave a big birthday party for me.

We made Korean BBQ and it was soooo delicious.

They also prepared a beautiful birthday cake :)

Look at my happy face. 

Before blowing the candles, I of course made a wish. 

Actually, It wasn't only one but I hope all of them will come true.

It is a cute birthday cake, isn't it?

The 30 candle is melting though...

Group photo with cake!

Thank you sooooo much for celebrating my 30th birthday, guys!!

I love all the presents they gave me, too.

I'm glad that I can work with such a nice people.

I also want to thank them for the present and warm celebration.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again in near future at Hana Hostel!!

Everybody is making a snowman

A happy new year, everyone.

It's been snowy for a few days in Kyoto.

It looks so good only if you hole up a room with a coffee and see the view of snow from the window but if you have to go out for work etc, that is terrible.

I wish I had skis, so I could commute with them.
I'm just wondering if skiing on sidewalk is legal in Japan or not. I'm not gonna google it so if someone knows, tell me about that.

I was also surprised that the all of the public transportation system in Kyoto worked normal despite of the huge snow storm.

I'm from Takayama where usually has tons of snow in winter so I'm used to this much of snow. So I'm totally fine walking on snow-covered-icy road. But, from my perspective, I thought people in the city were not so good at walking on the snow but I was amazed because I saw a few people riding a bikes in this morning so it was such a brain-washing for me.

Anyway, I hope we get more snow until my friend can finish up his 2 meters of snow man.

SAMUI (It's harsh) in 2017

 Belated Happy New Year !!

It is snowing in Hiroshima. ( ゚Д゚) 
I still miss summer.

Hi, this is Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

I have in mind at around this time of year that I shouldn't have eaten too much during New year holidays :(

I am getting fat more and more. TT

So, I bought a whole workout clothes set for training at GYM to solve this matter.
(But I have not signed up for a gym yet.) 

When I nervously clicked place your order on shopping site to get a swimming suit, my mom was looking at me and she said "Are you really sure to go to gym? Can you keep it up?"


I know my mom knows everything about me. 
I always spend money easily and I tend to get tired of things quickly...

Her words bit hit me. →Specially "Can you keep it up?"

With that being said,  I declare to go to gym at least for 6 month or until losing weight -5kg. 
・・・・・・제 파이팅!


Anyway, everyone take care not to catch a cold :)

Last Party in 2016

Hello there. It's Chippy from J Hoppers Hiroshima.

It's been almost two weeks since the new year 2017 began. How's it going so far?

Looking back, in 2016, It feels I couldn't realize any goals I set at the beginning of the year. A lot happened and I didn't have enough time to spare for myself :(
SO! I. DECLARE. TO. START. THE. GUITAR in 2017!!  It's been one of the new year objectives for the last few years, but never come true... I will realize this goal this year!!

My new year started out just like that without happening anything big..
However, we held some big party at J Hoppers Hiroshima on new year's eve!

When you think of winter, what do you think of?


We threw a "NABE"(hot pot) party as the last party in 2016.

Around 9pm, staff started to prepare for the party cutting ingredients, placing plates on the table.. People were gradually getting together in the lounge.
Cooked two kinds of NABE; Soy Milk  & Soy Sauce

At 10pm, let's get the party started!! Everybody DIG IN!! XD

Enjoying the Japanese traditional dish.

At 11:55, New year's just around the corner!!
Everyone watching TV waiting for the moment to come!
five minutes to 2017
It was really nice to have everyone around and celebrate the same moment together. I wish everyone a Happy New Year with the hope that they will have many blessings in the year!

I'm also really excited to meet new people and get to learn more things from them through my job as a staff in J Hoppers. Looking forward to meeting many people here in Hiroshima :)

New Year Noh Performance at Yasaka Shrine

My year rooster started according to Oriental zodiac sign.

Noh performance was for Kami God of shrine. So at the drawing stage we find Pine tree reflecting opposite as mirror.

There are some Noh performance.

New year's day at Yasaka Shrine

3rd at Yasaka Shrine.

I went to watch Noh Performance at Yasaka Shrine on 3rd January.

The Performance
Okina (Longevity.)

Big wish charm 

amazing japanese Sweets 

New Year's Resolution 2017 (1)

To tell you the truth, I totally forgot my new year's resolution for 2016. But I would say 2016 has been a fruitful year for me, and I will try to look back at the past year in another post, but for now I would like to focus on the future - the coming year, and put down some goals to get myself motivated (at least for the first few months, I hope..)

I started learning Spanish a few months ago, and if I am given permission to take two weeks off next year (please!), I would like to travel to Spain to put what I have learned into practice. My goal is to be able to get through the whole trip using Spanish only, pretending to be able to speak Japanese only. I am also planning to sit for the DELE B1 level exam. A lot of work to do! To show my determination, I have switched my mobile phone to Spanish, and I have made a few friends in the Spanish speaking world too. If only they can speak more slowly!

Separately, I would also like to challenge myself to become a licensed guide in Japan, but I have heard the exam is notoriously difficult, but I will not let that deter me of course. You can sit for two foreign languages in one go, and the obvious two for me are of course English and Chinese. Though not likely, if I make super good progress in my Spanish, I might try to pick Spanish.

I have a few other goals on a more personal side, so I will keep them to myself.
Before I sign off, I would like to wish everyone a fruitful year ahead!

Japanese garden

Murin-an is one of the nice places to relax.
Murian-an is a Japanese villa and garden built by Aritomo Yamagata in Meiji Period.
It is in Okazaki area, close to Nanzenji Temple.

Yamagata preferred "motion" so the garden has a waterfall and a stream, and that can be called a pioneer of the modern Japanese garden.

It is nice to have a seat and gaze at the garden from the building.
Blankets are provided so you can stay and relax as much as you want!:)

Life recently

My room became a small gallery!🐤 

A walk around Kyoto City🐰


Wish you all a good good year. 💛🌄💛💛

" Katsuo-no-Tataki "

Hi ! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
 Last week,I had a short trip to Kochi prefecture,located on the south coast of Shikoku to eat this cuisine. It is called Katsuo-no-Tataki ( カツオのたたき). "Katsuo"stands for skipjack Tuna(bonito) and "Katsuo-no-Tataki" means Seared skipjack Tuna in English.

Usually,we dip it in soy sauce or ponzu vinegar and eat it.
However, in Kochi they taste it with salt, wasabi and some sliced garlic since fish  is super fresh there! I had not known the fact until last month.
A month ago,one of my friend showed me a picture of its cuisine, told me that.
Then I could not help eating it and went there to try it .

My Friend who lives in Kochi booked an Izakaya restaurant for me. I tried it with Bijobu (美丈夫),Japanese Sake from Kochi.

Was....Just Amazing!!!
This is the one that you must try when you get there.
(Though you will get a strong bad breath from garlic....)
Since I liked Seared Tuna of Kochi SO much,I also bought its  postcard .
△POSTCARD of  "Katsuo-no-Tataki"
We enjoyed not only Seared Tuna also visiting some spots,meeting dolphins and turtles there! I definitely want to go to Kochi again.

                                                 \ Happy Holidays ! /


Thank you 2016 , hello 2017

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto guest house.
Looking back 2016, I was really blessed with people and work environment.
I appreciate people I have met throughout the year who made my life more cheerful and upbeat :-)
I hope you all happy , well-being and successful 2017 :-)

My objective 2017 is not to talk to myself on the street ( I admit I do now...)
I want to be less weird next year ...>< !!

Happy Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year !

Photos are from Christmas party at J-Hoppers Kyoto.
Thanks a lot for your contribution , Kazzy-chan :-)♡ We are now team crapes !