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!!

Looking Peoples Traveling Kyoto

Finally, 2007 is going to end to welcome 2008.

I've been watching travelers who visit J-Hoppers Kyoto and talked about their trips. I always feel that I'm also traveling whenever I talk with them. I believe that it's the happiest moment to work at the hostel. I know it...... but, the smiles they showed to me when they talk about their trips drive me go to travel. That's true. I hope to go abroad the next year if it's possible because I'm used to be one of guests who visit J-Hoppers Kyoto.

A Happy New Year
Wish You Have a Beautiful Year !!

Let's go to SENTO!

Hi ! How are you?

There is a SENTO (dobashi-sento)around J-HOPPERS HIROSHIMA.
It is 1 min walk from J-hoppers.It is very close isn't it?

Do you know sento?

Sento is a type of Japanese communal bath house where customers pay for entrance.
Traditionally these bath houses have been quite utilitarian,with one large room separating the sexes by a tall barrier, and on both sides, usually a minimum of lined up faucets and a single large bath for the already washed bathers to sit in among others.

How to enjoy sento

please pay your fee here(bandai).

take off all of your clothes here.

wash yourself before you get in the bath.

Don't swim in the bath.....

You can buy the ticket at the reception (370yen)!

It must be a good experience for you!!!

Coffee in Japan


I'm Nori, who is a trainee of J-Hoppers Kyoto GH now,
and I'll be a staff of J-Hoppers Osaka.
I'm really looking forward to meeting wonderful travelers there!

When you come to Japan, what do you expect?
Japanese food, nice people, historical places..
Yes, we have lots of amazing things.

On the other hand, what do you miss when you travel in Japan?
I met a traveler in Osaka before, and she asked me,
" Where is Star backs? I'm coffee holic!"

Yes,we have many Coffee shops which come from foreign countries,
and they're very popular and we also like them.
I know it's easy for them to go there, and feel like home.
However,we also have Japanese old style coffee shops.

Famous coffee shops in Kyoto;
1.Inoda Coffee shop
2.Maeda Coffee shop
3.Ueshima Coffee shop

You can also enjoy breakfast there..
Why don't you try it for good experience while you're in Japan?

Happy T-Shirts!!

We're supposed to be in winter, but it's not as cold as usual here in Kyoto...I can't believe Christmas is coming very soon. Do you feel like putting T-shirts under your coat? I do recommend you to go to one T-shirts shop called Graniph!! Of course, they also sell long-sleeve T-shirts. All designs of their T-shirts are cute and they're seldom worn out. There are 4 sizes, SS, S, M, L. The number of desings is....many many!! If you'd like to show off your T-shirts when you take off coat, please pop in this shop and choose one!! The price for one is 2625 yen, but if you buy two of them, 4200 yen. Do you want to be fashionable by wearing T-shirts in winter? Why not??

Santa Claus in tram

Santa Claus in the tram instead of the reindeer sleigh ??

If you are in Hiroshima City now, you may see an glitteringly decorated tramcar in which some real Santa Clauses are waving hands with Christmas music..

It is an lovely event by the tram company.

A retro tramcar made in 1928, presented from Hanover, can work only during this term with the Santas.

The Christmas tram schedule:

Dec 22nd

17:00 Senda Depot --> 17:35 Nishi Hiroshima Sta.

--> 18:10 Senda Depot --> 18:50 Yokogawa Sta.

--> 19:30 Hiroshima Sta. --> 19:50 Senda Depot

Dec 23rd and 24th

17:00 Senda Depot --> 17:35 Nishi Hiroshima Sta.
--> 18:10 Yokogawa Sta. --> 18:55 Hiroshima Sta
--> 19:35 Senda Depo

I am not sure the Santa Clauses pay the fare of 150 yen. Of course you can not share the car with the Santa Clauses even you pay 150 yen.

stubby holders

Hi! How are you?
We sell 3kinds of stubby holders at the reception!

Which design do you think is the most popular?
Miyajima takes the 1st place ,followed closely by Daruma.

Have you ever heard of BODHIDRAMA ?
Daruma is designed in the image of bodhidrama who was the buddhist monk traditionally credited as the transmitter of Zen.
Legend has it that for his training bodhidruma had sat on a rock for 9years.

In the picture of daruma on the top, both pupils are filled in,however most daruma paintings have only one pupil painted.
One fills in a single pupil while thinking of a wish,should the wish later come true the second pupil is filled in as well .

Wouldn't it make a great souvenir for your mates back home?

Staff's Recommendation

Today, we put new information papers on the shoe box at the lobby. It's " Top 3 places to visit in Kyoto" selected by me, Shogo and Yukako. We have a huge information board in there. But it only says events and festivals within few weeks. Please have a look it and find places that meet your preferences. Those places are not so touristic and essential, but fun and strange.

Small but special present!!

Have you got a small problem in choosing the souvenirs from Japan? When you come (and stay at J-Hoppers Kyoto), I do recommend you to go to Matsuhiro Shoten!! They sell many kinds of Japanese style coin purse and also small bags. You can use them as coin purse, or to put your digital camera etc. etc... They sell things usually made with Japanese style textiles. Even though you buy a lot of them, it would still be light to carry, so that it would be an ideal presents for your family or for your friends. The small purses are available from 600 yen. Every time you pay from the purse in your country, people will ask you ' Where did you buy it?' Think about it and please ask me how to get there at the reception!

Neighborhood map

After a few month of straggling, I finally completed our neighborhood map!

As I am not very good at using computers, it is hand drawing but I hope it will help your small journey around our hostel.

It is made by 5 categories; Restaurant (for sure!), Shop (don't you love shopping?), Bank/Post (you've got to have some cash!), Parking(for drivers!) and Hospital (you know, just in case!).

Our neighborhood is pretty quiet but still there are many small restaurants especially along the tram line street. Most of them are yummy and reasonable priced!

My recommendation is a Japanese cake shop called "Momijian"near by.
They have very yummy Japanese sweets. My favorite is Dango ( Japanese dumpling made from rice flour) .They have lots of flavors and it's soft, sometimes it's even warm, not too sweet and really delicious!!

It's been very cold lately and my body seems to need some fat to survive ;-) Haha!

Cultural shock in Osaka

Hello everybody ! Your favourite french is back on this blog ... direct live from Osaka. ;-p
I will help Yamaguchi San to prepare you a wonderfull new place to J-Hop' your trip !
There is still a lot to do here before opening but I've been really surprised when I arrived at J-Hoppers Osaka for the first time. I'm already convinced you will enjoy this new hostel. Actually I would like to be my own customer I guess ;-)
I've started to explore the neighbourhood and the shopping street where is located the hostel (very convenient). By the way I've you had a look at the neighbourhood map ? ...
Yesterday I went to eat an okonomiyaki. "Eh ! Where are my sobaaaaa !!??!?!". Well, it's true, Hiroshima okonomiyaki and Osaka okonomiyaki are really differents. You have to eat both of them and compare yourself. The Osaka one is smaller, without noodles, covered by mustard, served with rice and miso soup, ... Finally is there something common between these two okonomiyaki ??? Cabbage and egg only ? (?_?) I had a good lunch but ... sorry obachan, I definitely prefer the Hiroshima okonomiyaki !!
Terachan, send me one by mail time to time onegaiiiii ! ;-)

Day trip to Nara

I'm thinking about going to Nara this weekend. Have you ever been there or heard of it? Nara used to be a capital of Japan (710-784). I'm going there to see the Giant Buddha!! I've seen it a couple of times but I'd still love to see it again! It's at Todai-ji Temple and the temple itself is the largest wooden structure in the world. The present temple was reconstructed in the middle of Edo Era (1603-1867) and it's only two-thirds of the original one.
The Buddhist statue was made completely in 752. The height is 14, 7 m. The Emperor Shomu wanted to make an ideal world that was admired in the Kegon Buddhism, so that he ordered to make it as a symbol of his ideal world. Can you imagine how hard it was for people to make it about 1200 years ago? You should see it anyway!!
There are many deer around Todai-ji Temple. Some of them might try to attack you if you've got something to eat... They're national treasure, so... please be kind and friendly to them!!

It takes only 1 hour or so to get to Nara from Kyoto station. It must be a good day trip during your stay in Kyoto!!

Oysters .....

We cannot talk Hiroshima winter without oysters.

Oyster is one of the most famous Hiroshima’s specialities.

Let me introduce some of good Oyster cooking.

1 Deep-fried oysters (Kaki furai)

2 Vinegared oysters (Sugaki)

3 ingredient for pot dish (Nabe-no-gu)

They are really good and you can easily have them in Izakaya restaurants.

One thing you have to be careful is, 0ysters sometimes cause food-poisoning.

Oysters have "Norovirus" It is safer for you to have cooked oysters instead of raw oysters

The virus cause terrible diarrheal, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. The incuvative period is one or two days and the symptoms would last 3-7 days.

I saw some foreign tourists who suffered from them llll

Raw oysters are very good but you had better avoid it if you don't like to change your travel plan.

So, please give up sugaki. Even you enjoy Nabe (pot dish), make sure oysters in Nabe are cooked enough (Too much boiling messes oysters taste, though ...).

Hiroshima vs ...

Hiroshima vs Kyoto

Momiji mannju VS Yatsuhashi souvenir confrontation!?

No... Do you find something in common between Kyoto and Hiroshima?

There are Professional football clubs. And their team colors are the same in purple.
'Kyoto Sanga' and 'Sanfrecce Hiroshima'

Sanga vs Sanfrecce

Of course I love Kyoto SANGA FC !!

On this season Sanga took 3rd place in J2(Division 2) and will head to the promotion play off agains16th place of J1’s(Division 1) team.

That's team is Sanfrecce Hiroshima !!

1st leg - Dec 5th (Wed) Sanga-Hiroshima @ Nishikyougoku (19:00 kick off)
2nd leg - Dec 8th (Sat) Hiroshima-Sanga @ Hiroshima Big Arch (16:00 kick off)

Be a big purple power of our Sanga F.C. when you are fed up with the autumn red leaves.

Hiroshima vs. Onomichi

Hiroshima and Onomichi are both port towns but they are very different actually.

Hiroshima is in the west of Hiroshima Prefecture but Onomichi is in the east.

The population of Hiroshima is 1.1 million and that of Onomichi is 150,000.

Hiroshima is the prefectural capital but Onomichi is a small local city.

Hiroshima was bombed but Onomichi was not.

Hiroshima has Okonomiyaki but Onomichi has Ramen.

Hiroshima is flat but Onomichi is hilly.

Hiroshima has a World-heritage but Onomichi has many temples.

Hiroshima has a good access to Miyajima Island but Onomichi is a base to travel Shimanamai Islands.

Hiroshima has J-Hoppers but Onomichi hasn’t.

Onomichi city taken from Senkoji Temple

Hiroshima City from Ryuo Koen Park

I love both towns. If you are visiting Hiroshima, please try Onomichi, too.

For tourists from eastern Japan, Onomichi is on the way to Hiroshima. There is a Shinkansen station, too (Shin-Onomichi Sta). If you are already in Hiroshima, it is also a good idea to make a day trip to Onomichi.

It is very easy for JR pass holders. For who doesn’t have JR pass, bus would be a cheaper way (2,700 yen for a return ticket) If you take a JR local train without JR pass, the cost is 1450 yen for one way (around 80 minutes)