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!!

Signboard changed !


J-Hoppers Hiroshima hostel has a new sign board with J-Hoppers corporate Logo now.

You are able to find the hostel easier!

Actually, J at the head represents Japan archipelago and 2 Ps are people making Japan-hopping.


Hana hostel has a signboard, too!

The illustration at the head is a lotus leaf and a flog.
The letters is something like hand-writing and kind of chic.




Back to Hiroshima, back to oknomiyaki



After a long while, I came back to Hiroshima.
This time we are back for opening of a new hostel near Hiroshima Station.
There was a small business hotel and after the former owner quit the business, we rented the building. There are a lot of en-suite rooms. We named it Hana Hostel. Please visit the website if you are interested.



As this is near from the station, you can reach most facilities you need. Actually it is very convenient. Yesterday I went to Okonomiyaki restaurant complex called "Okonomiyaki Story" in front of the station with my family. There are 26 okonomiyaki and teppanyaki restaurants on one floor. The prices are a little higher than local okonomiyaki restaurant on every corner, but it would be nice to visit as a Japanese style bar.

Well, anyway, see you in Hiroshima again !

Mt. Hakkyo -Hiking in Kansai Japan-

If you wish to hike in Japan while your travel, I recommend Mt. Hakkyo (1914.9m)for you.

Mt. Hakkyo is the highest point of the Omine mountain range, and the tallest peak in the Kansai area. It’s also situated along an ancient pilgrimage route, offering some of the most unspoilt scenery in western Japan. You will meet with this kind of scene when you hike one of Omine mountain range.

I went out around 6 am on the day, and took about 4 hours by trains and bus to the starting point of a trail. Altitude of the place was 700m. So I have to go up more than 1200m. We planned to arrive a mountain hut between 5 and 6 pm. I was anxious if I am able to climb up or not because I hadn't hiked for more than 10 years.

First, very tall dense ceder forest surrounded me, and then grove of beech trees came into my eyes. After 5 hours passed, we met a mountain stream and bathe our feet in cold water.

It was easy to walk after resting. The scenery changed rapidly, it was the same as I have seen in "Princess Mononoke". We arrived the hut at 5:30 as we'd planned without any troubles.

The next day, we left the hut at 5 am and walked about an hour to the peak of Mt. Hakkyo. In an early morning mist, fantastic scenery was spreading in front of me.....

Finally,

Rocky pose....

late to see sunrise


Visiting Nara for free !

Good news for all of those who want to save some money on their trip. 4 museums of Nara, one of the most important cultural city in Kansai area are now free for foreign tourists. These are :

* Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
* Nara Prefectural Complex of Man'yo Culture
* Nara Prefectural of Folklore
* Nara Prefectural Archeological Institute of Kashihara

You just need to show your passport at the entrance and you will be allowed to enter freely.

A day in the countryside






I went off to the country side of Kyoto with my friends.

Japan is famous for it’s technology and developed cities.

I wonder if many people knows the fact that 80% of the land of Japan is forest and mountains.

Although Kyoto is a big city, there is a deep forest within 10minuites ride on the bike.

As the most of the space in the country side is very hilly,

you get to see beautiful terrace rise farms.

Soak in to the onsen(hot spring) and release fatigue of the crazy working days.

I wish travelers get to know and get to go more hidden beautiful places of Japan.

Sayonara Kurokawa San

We had a farewell party at J-Hoppers Osaka for the departure of our night guardian. We made a lot of maki-sushi and ate them with some customers. They were quite surprised with the raw gelly-fish and star-fish !



We all want to say THANK YOU to Kurokawa San for always helping us more than what he was supposed to do, for delighting us with his guitar songs and knowledge, and for taking so much care of customers (well, going out having fun with them was not so painfull I guess ;-p )



Keep on playing guitar and travelling !

From now he will be replaced by Fumi San, a funny middle-aged beauty speaking fluent english, german and found of tennis. (^_^)



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