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!!

New year's Eve count down party (December 31st)!!

how was your Christmas ??
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!!!

J-hoppers Hiroshima had a great fun Christmas party with the guest here :)








Attention!!!

We will have a New year's Eve count down party on the 31 st of December.
We will serve some drinks , food and snacks.

Why don't you join us ??????

NHK (Japanese National TV/Radio company) is coming at J-hoppers Hiroshima for a radio broad casting of our count down party!!

Come here for an awesome time!!!!!

The Fairy Tale of J-Hoppers Osaka's Christmas Party


Something terrible happened last night at J-Hoppers Osaka ! Some try to spread the rumor that Christmas doesn't happen in Japan. We shouldn't have listen to these tricky voices and be more careful when a very strange guy show up at the reception, introducing himself as a sushi eraser representative.





He came with two cute assistants who immediately started to prepare mountains of delicacy : teriyaki, chirashizushi, ice creams, ...











We then should have remembered of Hansel and Gretel, but fool we were !








The smell was so attractive, there even was tons of chocolate candy ! The french receptionist couldn't control his stomach any more (some would said 'as usual').







He gathered all the customers in the common room and launched the party !








Followed funny games until late at night. Customers won the Polish golden boomerang as prize for their efforts to draw japanese places and culture, Fumi-san went on the moon,







Manabe-san got children before mariage (shocking !), Yamaguchi-san abused a poor foreigner to accumulate wealth... But in the same time, in the floors upstair...








... the little fairy creature sent by Santa Claus himself was fluttering from beds to beds to hang out his laundry of old socks.








You may think "What a smelly joke !", but as always in fairy tales, particularly those occurring on Christmas Night,








it ended up with lot of smiles and 'Hurrah Santa Hoppers !" when each customer opened the magic socks and discovered a selection of the finest 7/Eleven candies ...








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We hope that you too had a wonderful merry fairy Christmas !
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Closed/Opened on New Year in Osaka

To complete my previous article about New Year in Osaka I thought useful to look for what will be opened or closed during this National Holidays. Indeed on the 1st of January (or around) most of shops and attractions have a break. Tourists who plan to do something else than going to the temples and shrines to see the crowd of Japanese doing Hatsumode (the first prayer of the year) may be disappointed as "everything" else seem to be closed.

* The Aquarium of Osaka stay opened.
* The Castle is closed from the 28th to the 2nd.
* Universal Studio Japan stay opened.
* Tennoji zoo is closed from the 29th to the 1st.
* The Tourist Information Centers stay opened.
* The Umeda Sky Building is closed on the 1st.
* Namba Parks is closed on the 1st.
* National Museum of Art is closed from the 28th to the 5th
* Municipal Museum of Art is closed from the 28th to the 5th
* The Tsutenkaku Tower stays opened.
* Most of the restaurants are closed. It's better going to chains like (near J-Hoppers Osaka) Machikadouya, Yoshinoya, Cocoichiban, ... (Traditionnally Japanese eat at home a dish called Osechi, cooked or ordered in advance)
* Convenient stores stay opened.
* Department stores around Osaka Station : HEP Five is closed from the 31st to the 1st, Hankyu Dept Store is closed on the 1st, Hanshin Dept Store is closed on the 1st, Yodobashi Camera stay opened, ...
* Transportations keep running, but with lower frequency.

It's off course not exhaustive but I hope it will be helpful !

Samurai & Geisha Wig

Do you want to disguise yourself as Samurai & Geisha Wigs?
We J-Hoppers Osaka have a Samurai and Geisha wigs.

Do you know why Samurai shave their head?
According to one estimate, Samurai has to wear Kabuto (Kabuto is a helmet used with traditional Japanese armour as worn by samurai), their head goes humid when they wear it for long time.
But if they shave their head, they can avoid humid feeling, and moving over a Kabuto.

We are asking our guest to wear those wigs and wanna see who suit it the most.
Once we could find the most suitable person, we will show the photo on the website.
Looking forward to seeing!!

How to enjoy New Year in Osaka

The end of the year is approaching so quickly ! Have you already plan your New Year's night ?? If not yet here comes some recommendations of events in Osaka ...

* At Kitamido Temple, a count down with fireworks and music will start around 23:00. It's free and it's here.

* At Minamimido Temple, avoid bad luck for next year by ringing the bell of the temple from 23:30 (only for the 108 first ones, but groups can ring the bell all together at once). The first 200 persons will also receive free soba noodles. It's free and it's here.

* At Tenmangu Temple, drink the Gods' Sake from 0:00. It's free and it's here.

* At Aizendo Temple, avoid bad luck for next year by ringing the bell of the temple from 23:30 (only for the 108 first ones) and receive the Ema (sacred painting on a wooden tablet) of this temple. It's free and it's here.

* At Sky Building, big count down with light, sound, fireworks and ... 10.000 spectators expected !! From around 23:45. The 40th floor will be open too for few happy ones. It's free (expect for the 40th floor, 700Y) and it's here.

* At Shitennoji Temple, avoid bad luck for next year by ringing the bell of the temple from 23:30 (only for the 108 first ones) and drink Amazake (sweet sake, only for first 1.000 ones). It's free and it's here.

* At Dainenbutsuji Temple, avoid bad luck for next year by ringing the bell of the temple from 23:30 (only for the 108 first ones) and eat Zenzai and Mochi (sweet red beans soup and sticky ball of rice, only for the first 500 ones) . It's free and it's here.

* At Universal Studio Japan, enjoy a very special party from 19:00 to 2:00 with a count down of course and huge fireworks. The pass for this event cost 7.900 yen. Universal Studio official website -> here.

* At Mount Kongo, climb to the summit to see the first sunrise of the year. The ropeway will be exceptionnally open from 5:00 (1300 yen). Free Sake will be offer to the first 200 ones, and free Zenzai to the first 1.000 ones. To go there : From Abenobashi st. to Shakudo St. and then to Gose st. by Kintetsu train (around 40mn, departure from Abenobashi st. at 3:36 arrival at Gose at 4:39), then 3km to the ropeway by foot, then 6mn by Ropeway (departure at 5:40), and finally 30mn of hiking to the top. The sun rises at around 7:05.

* At Intex Osaka, 'Countdown Japan 0809'. A 3 days concerts with full of japanese artists, starting on the 29th. On the 31st the concert start at 12:00 and last until next morning ! One day ticket at 9.000 yen, and they are almost all sold out ! Offical website is here (japanese only, sorry)

* All the most famous clubs and bars of Osaka will hold their own Countdown party of course, refer to the Kansai Scene Website for more details about clubs and lives.

Inside Osaka, be aware that everything will be crowded. If you hope to ring the bell or receive some of the free foods, go there early and with enough patience to stay in the queue for few hours in the chilly night ! To ring the bell you usually need to get a ticket which are distributed few hours before the start of the ringing. Buy tickets to events as soon as possible !