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!!

Hidden Maiden Gorge



This is a report of Otome Gorge and waterwalls.
Otome means "maiden" in Japanese.
Maiden gorge... sounds kind of hidden.

The hidden gorge is a little south of Gero Hotspring town.
We started after nine, driving route 41, turning in a mountain road and arrived in one and a half hours.





The walking route is rich in variation. Sometimes wooden stairs, sometimes narrow rocky track, sometimes riverside drop-off. We had to get a bit hustle in some parts and it was a very intereresting walking (a little bit climbing). It is for about 1 hour one way.





There are 2 main waterfalls around the end of the walking course.
One of them (Odaki=Man Fall) is very easy to find and the other (Medaki=Woman Fall) is not. I am not sure but both waterfalls are about 50m high ??. They are gorgeous! I was taking some photos about 100 away from the waterfall but I felt quite strong wind pressure and sprays of water.



Downstreams are also amazing.
Most of all, water is incredablly clear. Look, it is cristal-clear blue.
Various streams entertain us on the way and way back.



Unfortunately there is no access by public transportation. J-Hoppers Takayama hostel sometimes organize a small walking and waterfall-watching tour with a small fee. You may have chance to see the splendid nature.

Nigorigo Spa and Waterfalls

Some days ago, we we went to Nigorigo Hotspring and some waterfalls around there.
It is abour 1 hour (35km) by car. The road are quite narrow and winding, there are sometimes dirt sections.



Arriving in Nigorigo Village, the first waterfall was found easily by the road.
The name of the waterfall is Shiraito-no-taki.



The second one is 5 minute walk ahead. It is not a dynamic waterfall but looks interesting like rain dropping from the eaves. It doesn't have a name.


The third one is called Sennin-Taki. Maybe about 20 meters high,
Strong cool wind was blowing from the basin of the waterfall. Cool!


We walked again for the 4th waterfall, but we took the wrong trail and could't get it. Maybe next time.



On the way, we found eggs of Salamander. Looks yammy. But it is too risky to lay eggs just on the track. I hope the babys will safely hatch from the egg.


Finally, we took Nigorigo Onsen (Hot spring)
Let's enjoy the spacy outdoor bath (Roten buro) .
500 yen


On the way back home, we took another route to see the mountain view.
The name of mountain is Ontake. There is still some snow around the top of the Mt, Ontake. Beautiful.


Actually there are many onsens, water falls and splendid views near Hida Takayama. Please come to Takayama and let's go together !

Rainy Season and Yukata


Every year in June, a festival called TOKASAN is held in the heart of the Hiroshima city. This year it was held from June 5th of Friday to June 7th of Sunday. During this festival, many people in Hiroshima wear Yukata and gather the city center to enjoy themselve and to welcome this season. For the citizen, TOKASAN is the beginning of summer although June is rainy season!

We staff members were also looking forward to the festival. On the first day of Tokasan, June 5th, we wore Yukata and went out to the festival with guests. Do you know how difficult it is to put it on by yourself? Actually not so many Japanese people can put Yukata on himself/herself.
But no worries! Our manager has learned how to put Kimono/Yukata on and she kindly helped me and all female staff members to wear Yukata!








Japanese traditional clothes are so beautiful that we beauties became more beautiful!! Some of our staff members left the hostel with guests around 6PM and I was going to join them later. However, it started to rain and it became heavier and heavier with big thunder. The manager and I waited the rain stops for hours but finally we gave up to go out... :(



But it was very fun night! Wearing Yukata is something special to us. We took many photos and we welcomed guests with wearing Yukata.
I had a really wonderful time!


Sankyu Waterfall and Iwafune Waterfall

Sankyu Waterfall


Well, it happens to be another precious moment . . . to scope some more waterfalls!! Mr. Kenji the tramp and I visited waterfalls in Kokufu city this time. A plethora of information shall ruin the whole shebang if one's not intrigued by the history and the origin.
The chance of rain was very high in the morning; announced by the unreliable weather forecast. In spite of the inclement weather information, thus we proceed to depart for our peregrination. The distance is never too far, however, my body commenced to wear out. . . perhaps, I am merely a specialist for down slopes. The Sankyu Waterfall is quite up in the hill. . . it is known for a hidden waterfall in Kokufu.
The snake, ugly crawling creature was there to greet me along the way. . .
I've got a sunburn; Kenji advised, "to take care of your skin after turning five and twenty"

Iwafune Waterfall

Utsue Forty-eight Waterfalls and The Forest of Wild Flowers


Into the wild, where one can find peace; very soothing atomosphere and it refreshes the spirit. .
It's such a scene during May and August.
The waterfalls are about a couple minutes away from the wild flower park.
It takes about 60 mins to get to the top (1200 meter high)

May ~ June: Japanese Primrose (クレンソウ(九輪草)
June ~ July: Bamboo Lily    (ササユリ (笹百合)
July ~ August: Hydrangea    (アジサイ (紫陽花)


Access:
Get on the JR from Takayama station heading towards Inotani
Get off at Kokufu statioin (about 10 mins from Takayama station)
There's a free shuttle bus that one could utilize to go to the near by hot spring
another 10 mins. on the bus, you shall commence to see and smell the wonderworld!

YUKATA FESTIVAL is coming this weekend!!




Why don't you vist to hiroshima??



Yukata de kinsai main events



Friday June 5
Shareo 13:00-20:00Have a go at making maccha green tea and learn about yukata. Get your hair and make up done too.
Hon-dori paradeYukata parade down the shopping arcade with a giant lantern
Chuo-dori 19:30-21:15 Yukata de odorinsaiJapanese dances from around the prefecture and a chance for everyone to get involved (Send a fax (082-245-1899) or call (082-245-1448) Yukata de kinsai Office ahead of time (before May 31) and get a free gift
Shintenchi-koen 19:00-21:30The classic japanese songs crackling out of the PA on the central tower and street stalls in Shintenchi-koen make this feel much more like a local festival of days gone by than the maddness just a few meters away on Chuo-dori. The local groups dancing welcome anyone to join in. Great fun and our recommendation if you are heading down to the festival with kids.



Saturday June 6
Shareo 13:00-20:00Have a go at making maccha green tea and learn about yukata. Get your hair and make up done too.
Fukuromachi-koen 16:00-16:40Family friendly yukata fashion contest
Chuo-dori 19:30-21:15 Yukata de odorinsaiJapanese dances from around the prefecture and a chance for everyone to get involved (Send a fax (082-245-1899) or call (082-245-1448) Yukata de kinsai Office ahead of time (before May 31) and get a free gift.
Shintenchi-koen 19:00-21:30The classic japanese songs crackling out of the PA on the central tower and street stalls in Shintenchi-koen make this feel much more like a local festival of days gone by than the maddness just a few meters away on Chuo-dori. The local groups dancing welcome anyone to join in. Great fun and our recommendation if you are heading down to the festival with kids.



Sunday June 7
Chuo-dori 19:30-21:15 Yukata de odorinsaiJapanese dances from around the prefecture and a chance for everyone to get involved (Send a fax (082-245-1899) or call (082-245-1448) Yukata de kinsai Office ahead of time (before May 31) and get a free gift.
Shintenchi-koen 19:00-21:30The classic japanese songs crackling out of the PA on the central tower and street stalls in Shintenchi-koen make this feel much more like a local festival of days gone by than the maddness just a few meters away on Chuo-dori. The local groups dancing welcome anyone to join in. Great fun and our recommendation if you are heading down to the festival with kids.


We would be happy to help you get dressed up in Yukata!!