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!!

Chindonya appeared in J-Hoppers Osaka

Chindonya is Japanese marching band, they are a type of elaborately costumed street musicians in Japan that advertise for shops and other establishments.

The performers advertised the opening of new stores and other venues, or promoted special events such as price discounts. Nowadays, chindon'yas are rare in Japan.


The word consists of Japanese sound symbolism chin and don to describe the instruments, and the -ya suffix which roughly equates to the English "-er" suffix in this context.

They are so friendly, and willingly accepted to be taken a camera.
When we took a camera, A passing Osakan Obachan joined us without our permission. That's Osaka no obachan (midle aged outspoken housewife women).

Good fortune

I went to Kibune & Kurama area(north part of Kyoto).

It took about 1.5 hour from J-Hoppers by bike.



I recommend you Kibune Shrine especialy Mizuura-Mikuji(
水占みくじ)


=Mizuura- Mikuji=

When it is set afloat on the waters of the spring, the result stands out.

↑holy spring water


Of course I tried it(←200 yen)!!

before and after


Yes ! I got a good fortune(中吉←this is the 2nd place)!!

Someone said that this mysterious phenomenon happens only with the holy water....





Also I recommend you Kurama temple ,too.

Jun 20th START : 14:00, they have a big event of Jun(← I think this is the Highlight of Jun).


=Takekirie-Shiki(Bamboo cutting riual)=

Very old ritual with more than 1000 years history.

Two teams of four priests compete in cutting bamboo into four pieces.

Green bamboo represent a snake as a symbol danger.


Don't miss the EVENT !!

Rain becomes a river , river becomes an ocean






It is rainy season started in Japan.

The hydrangea flower change the color from the blue to purple, purple to pink,

snails are stretching their face and look up the sky on the watery leaf of the hydrangea.

Those rain drops pleasure moss in the garden , let the leaves shine.

The “Hotaru” ”fire flies” started flying.

They can only live in a very pure water.

Only once a year, they appear to flame their short life out in the air.

I went to the path of philosophy and some of the ancient shrines to see them.

Their beauty is hardly express by words or photos.

Rain is grace, amazing grace of the nature and it brings us so much to appreciate.

You see the stream of the life in the rain as you can see it in the Zen garden on the rainy day. Like rain drops becomes a river, a river down into the ocean and becomes part of it .

Hiroshima Hostel cosier !

Hello~~

Like the photos. We have had the hostel’s facilities enhanced with some outgo.



1 A movable partition has been installed at the deck next to the entrance.

It makes the space more comfortable and also much quieter to the neighborhoods.



2 A plastic pentroof has been attached on the entrance.

Guests going in and out will not get wet in rainy days for this


Please enjoy cosy stay in J-Hoppers Hiroshima Hostel !.


World-trip by Electric Scooter


A charming couple who has made a world-round trip with a electric-powered scooter visited my house.
They visited 5 continents, 45 nations and 50,000 km.

The current batteries of the scooter have not have enough quality. One battery runs the scooter for about 30 km. It is not enough for a world trip at all. So they had to have 6 batteries with them during the journey.
I tried riding the scooter around the neighborhoods.
It is really quiet and works smooth!
Of course. Because it has no engine but a motor.
Also, of course, it is very economical.
They said the cost per charge is about 15 yen.
So 15 yen for 30 km.
Also, it doesn't need engine oil. What a economical vehicle!


Unfortunately the batteries have some more problems and the maker (YAMAHA) has discontinued the product. But if they release the improved new version in the future, I want to buy one.

NISHIJIN TEXTILE INDUSTRIUL ASSOCIATION (...too long )

I went to NISHIJIN TEXTILE INDUSTRIUL ASSOCIATION on the other day. Nishijin is the way of weaving textile. It has a very long history and 20 processes to complete. The textile is originally used for Kimono, Obi (sash) or tie, handkerchief these days. Why don't you visit this place if you are interested in Kimono or design for clothes ?

You will see a girl in the Heian era (A.D. 1000) clothes.

Ladies taking photos are more vivid than girls in Kimono.....

Yes !! this is also Japanese clothes. NINJA !! (3,780 yen)

Ashi-yu oot bath

Ashi-yu means foot bath.

I went to the Ashi-yu café as a first time.

It was late at night but many salary-man came in to relax .

Those bath culture is quite popular in Japan.

Ashi-yu orinigaly came from the hot spring.

People dip their feet in to the hot spring water and get easy treatment.

I was exhausted that night but some how, after dipping my feet for 45min in the hot water, all over my body got hot and felt so ease.

They serve so many different kinds of herbal tea.

Me and my friends played board game mean while .

Now I know why “old man in Hungary likes playing chess in the bath”.

I’m addicted to it ,, I think I might take massage as well next time..

Double/Elbuod

Working in a hostel is full of chance to meet interesting people!
This is what I like the most about this job.

The other day, I have a "DOUBLE "day.
It's just like double points day at a pharmacy!! HAHAHA :p

The guests were from Mexico and Spain, and they were wearing exact the same shirt!
I thought "Hum...they are maybe in the same sport team or something... "
So, I didn't ask them the reason.
But the next day, they were again wearing the same shirt and even same pants!!!!!!
I couldn't help asking the reason.
They said same outfit help them to find each other in the crowd!!


And on the same they that those cute people checked in, 3 long hair boys also came to our hostel.
They had exactly the same hairstyle and moreover they were twins and their friend!!!

They were very cute rock stars!

It was a funny day:)