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!!

Japanese persimmon

I was surprised to know that persimmon is not common in except a few Asian countries include Japan, so you will see it almost everywhere when you travel in Japan in winter and it's easy to buy in a supermarket.

There are mainly two kinds of persimmons, this is one of them and a sweeter and be eaten fresh.

But another one is not eaten fresh, as it's very astringent and need to dry. After drying about 1 month, it becomes very sweet.

Astringent persimmon (渋柿)

About after 1 month.. looks a bit strange?
don't say that and try if you find !

It's also typical and common to see the sight which people hung and dry them from roof in country side of Japan, though I don't see in Osaka city... :( so, I always feel autumn when I see this sight and it makes me feel my hometown, too.

However, I hadn't made them by myself till I got a chance last week in my friend house.
They have a persimmon tree in their garden, so we took them off and hung a lot.

Using a long bamboo stick to take them, as we couldn't reach to the high place. Make a cut into the end of bamboo and clip and twist a blanch. It's difficult but so fun!

This is the point to leave about 3-5cm branch when we take from the tree, and it's easy to hold on a string.

After we hung a lot and look at with a Japanese old house, we had sort of nostalgic feelings and persimmons looked just pretty.

I brought one to my apartment as a souvenir, and hung in my balcony.. only that part looks like country side in urban city, and makes me happy.
Can't wait to eat !!

Do you like Tokyo??

I went to Tokyo with my friends last week.

I'll show you some recommendation places.

★Meiji Jingu, Harajuku

I've lived in Tokyo for few years but it was first time to visit there.

It was a perfect day for taking a walk.

Libation from all of Japan!

Shichi-Go-San Boys!

*Shici-Go-San is a traditional event to celebrate the healthy growth of children.

This festival is for three and five year-old boys and three and seven year-old girls.
Children dress up in kimonos or dresses.

Parents take them to a shrine and have a Shinto purification ritual.

★New York Bar @ Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel, Shinjuku★

This bar appears in scenes in the movie "Lost in translation"


Sunday to Wednesday from 5:00 pm to midnight
Thursday to Saturday from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am

Cover charge of 2,200 JPY is applied Monday through Saturday
from 8:00 pm, Sunday from 7:00 pm

It's little bit expensive but you can enjoy the best skyline in Tokyo

from 52th floor!

★WOMB @Shibuya★

This place also appears in the movie, "Babel"

It was ranked second for " The world's Top 10 killer Clubs"

by an English club magazine, party because of sound quality.

It also houses one of the largest mirror balls in Japan!

★Futaba service area(bound for Nagano),
  Kofu city, Yamanashi

There are spacial window seats in the restaurant.

Mt.Fuji view from the window!!


Autumn colours in Kyoto

The Tofukuji has really become one of my beloved spot in Kyoto to see the autumn colours. Unfortunately a lot of others seem to think like me and it's packed with tourists but if you can manage to go there very early or on week days it's still reasonnable.
I let the pictures speak for me :

A big Ghibli fan

Hi ,I am Matsu from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.

I know it's sudden, but do you know about Ghibli ?

Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.The Ghibli's films were written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki .

His films are popular for everyone, such as "My neighbor Totoro","Castle in the sky","Kiki's Delivery Service".

We had a guest from England the other day,his name is Mark.He has been to Japan 10 times.When I checked him in ,we had a chat and he told me that he was a big Ghibli fan .

Mark has got some tattoos of the Ghibli' characters on his body.

He showed us them.They are so cool and cute!!They made me chill out.

↓Mark is really cool guy from England

↑Totoro the character of My neighbor Totoro

↑Nausica of the Valley of the Wind

↑Princess Mononoke

Normally you can not take public bath if you have tattoos on your body.
But I guess it might be ok for him to take public bath with such a cute tatoos!( because everyone loves the Ghibli' characters!!)


Hello!!This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

It is getting cold and cold.It seems winter is just around the corner. which means the foliage season arrived again.

That's why I went to Miyajima to enjoy the autumn colors!!!
It was holiday when we went there were so many people on the island.
That's much more than we expected.

So there were some stalls on the street.(We had 'Takoyaki' there:-))

We climbed up a mountain this time.That was a first time for me.
During I climb up a mountain,I couldn't remember how many times I think to give up.(Coz I had not got enough exercise!!)
However,When we got to the top of mountain,Ie marveled at the superb view of the Misen mauntain.That's amazing!!!!!

After we got down the mountain,we were so starved!!
I ate 'AGEMOMIJI(2 times)','OYSTER' and 'conger eel'.I love oyster,that's why I could stop eating them.It is season for Oyster now.You should check and have some when you stay in Hiroshima!!

I spent lots f money and ate to much!!!But we have a really good and relaxed time there.

Why don't you come to Hiroshima and try some representative winter dish???

Sawako's farewell day.

Sawako MIyagawa was a stuff of J-hoppers Osaka.
She had worked for over 2 years and retired here.

We had a farewell party on the 10th of November.
Our managers and almost all members who work at J-hoppers Osaka joined the party.

Most of the stuff don't know her well because we work at each branches, but Sawako was a great stuff in fact. She had work hard for the company, other stuff, and guests.

Needless to say, she was decisive and cleaver. Mistakes she made were really few.

In addition, she says nice things in advance.
She rewarded and said it to me" You work over always, dont' you? ... Thank you."
When I failed, she encouraged me and said "Please follow me, and do this next time!"

Although she always praised me who cannot do anything, I think she is more talented.
I just followed her track.

Her memory is unforgettable.
I believe she come back here because she is on a long vacation in my mind.

A few month ago, we watched one movie as our event.
The story is related to the dog who keep to wait for his master even he passed away.
Now, I am looks like this dog.

My favorite tree in Autumun

This is my favorite tree in Autumn season.

This tree is called " Icho" ( ginkgo trees)
The leaves are at their peak color.
I haven't seen the tree yet, but my grandmother told me.

This tree is over 1250 years old.
You can see this tree at Hida Kokubun-ji temple, about 5min from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.

When the wind blows, many beautiful leaves are fallen around the tree.
It will make beautiful yellow carpet.
If you would like to walk on the this carpet, please go to the temple in the morning.

The leaves will be cleaned up.....

You can check how much the leaves changed by using this web page.

All pictures are from last years photo.

Hiroshima Nightlife

Hi there, this is Masa from J-hoppers Hiroshima.
I would love to introduce my favorite bar this time.

The other night, I took some guests from the hostel out for some drinks to a bar, MAC. Most of the time I take our guest out, I go this bar. It is a Western style old bar in Nagarekawa (the drinking district in Hiroshima) and has been a big part of Hiroshima's nightlife for many years. It attracts a mixed crowd of both Japanese and non-Japanese people, young and old alike. It is a lively bar almost any night of the week.

Mac has a huge CD collection and it represents a wide variety of music genres from Folk to Funky and the bar staff are more than happy to take requests.

You can find some company from the hostel to go for a drink here or you don't even need to worry about showing up on your own. Mac and Yuriko (who run the bar) speak very good English and it is easy to get to talk to local people who seat next to you.

Nightlife is not always big just in Tokyo and Osaka!
You can enjoy it in Hiroshima as well!

Kibune momiji tourou 2010

The other day, I went to Kibune to see autumn leaves lit up.
(Until 12th-30th in Nov. Lighitng is an a sunset -9:00p.m.)

Access from J-Hoppers Kyoto to Kibune.
  Take Keihan private line Tofukuji sta⇒Demachiyanagi sta(15min, 26oyen)
⇒Take Eizan private line Demachiyanagi sta⇒Kibune sta(30min, 410yen)

The peak of Kibune's autumn leaves are getting red and yellow in day by day.
In particular, Kibune riverside displays a beautiful color gradations from green to red.

The Eizan Line has very nice seasonable tunnel between Ninose sta. and Ichihara sta.

Sorry but this movie is not so nice. You should... You must see the tunnel with your own eyes

Memorable Photos !

Do you have any memorable photos in your life?

You may have known once you stayed at J-Hoppers Hostels before
that we have heaps of guest photos on our walls.

As you can see the attached pictures, there are many different
kinds of photos such as Funny, Scary and Crazy ones.

Everyone that comes to our place first,
they take their time to have a look them and find their friends.

I would say it is one of fun attractions here !

The end of last month, we had a Halloween party at
our sister blanch ''Kyoto Hana Hostel''.
Some guests from J-Hoppers Kyoto joined the party.
They are from Morocco and wore their traditional costumes.

It was adorable and beautiful colors !

They said they had a really really great time at the party.
Then they took many photos.

Before they left here,
I promised them to put their photos on our wall.

Guys !!!
I'm sure I put your photos somewhere on the wall here.
You gotta come and find them out again!!

If you want to leave your memorable photos,
we are always welcome to put them on !

Feel free to ask us !

Ciao !

Welcome back to J-hoppers!!!

This is Jorge from Mexico who stayed at J-hoppers Hiroshima November 7.
He came to reception casually and said,

"See . It's Me!"
"What? "
"This photo was taken when I came to Japan last time 3 years ago.

"Wow!! you were there? That's Great!!!"

They didn't know that this photo is used on our brochure until they came back to Japan.
I'm sure that he was so surprised when he found it.

We are so happy to meet the real Jorge!
Come back again Jorge when we do our next brochure,Haha:)

Halloween Party

Hi, everyone. it's Kyohei.

My friends and I went to a Halloween party in Kobe on the October 30th. we enjoyed it pretty much. That was an awesome night.
As you can see, I became an Italia man this year. you probably might think it's cheesy and getto but it is absolutely original though.
we spend some hours at a bar in Kobe and had a Halloween-costume-competition.
Almost all people dressed up like crazy. I felt like I was in the US that night.

After we had the party in Kobe, we off to a club in Namba.
People who waling around in Shinsaibashi and Namba area were absolutely awesome. Their costumes were so sophisticating and really funny. I met an Osaka castle man and we took a picture. His costume was the best one I have ever seen in my life. Oh, but also I found Wally.

Italia Unoooooo!!