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!!

Soba(Noodle) party On New Year's Eve~J-Hoppers Hida Takayama

Good evening, I am Matsu from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.It is snowing heavily.

In Japan,there is a custom of eating soba(noodle)at the new year’s eve to live long.

So we had Soba party tonight on New Year's Eve.

To all of guests who stayed at Jhoppers. Thank you for coming to stay this year.

Wish everybody a happy, healthy, and prosperous New year.

Dec in Kyoto =crustacean=

I took some photos in Kyoto.
These my best 3 shots (?) in Dec

Crabs apartment pool @KiyamachiSanjokudaru
If you would like see it, please hurry up!! otherwise they will move out someone's stomach.

Kaomise without shrimp @ Minamiza: 'Kaomise' was the "face-showing" ceremony of a theater in Edo period, which celebrated the opening of the new theatrical year and its new troupe.
This very important event still remains as the most popular Kabuki performance of the year.

Kamogawa-river : This river is symbol of Kyoto
Kamogawa river seems to set the tempo of my life in Kyoto.

Thank very much for your staying J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest House in 2010.

▲Look back into history▼

Hi there!This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse.
The other day,I went to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary of Art.
The museum is currently hosting un exhibition titled "A Requiem:Art on Top of Battlefield"

This exhibition intend to look back on history/memory of the 20th century is large scale through the creative reinterpritation of the news photographs and portraites by a contemporary artist,MORIMURA Yasumasa.

This will let you look back the past from today's viewpoints,begging the question to confrontational concepts and standards of value of journalism/art,reality/fiction and past/present.

He btook old photograghes depitingthe various events or the man that characterized these times,such us Mishima Yukio,Lenin,Che GuevaraMaoa Zedongetc,.then used self -portratureto bring to bacl to life.

I have been to the museum so many times.but this exhibition was be one of my favorite exhibition ever.

When I saw his art works which he pretend to be Mishima Yukio,It was so interesting for me.

He was wearing completery same costume and made a speech in the public holl like Mishima Yukio did in past times.

During I saw his art works there,I could know how he committed into his art.

Even if you are not ionterested in history,I think you will like it and it'd be thought-provoking work for you.

Morimura Yasumasa:"A Requiem:Art of the top of Battlefield"

Hiroshima City museum of contemporary of art

Admission fee:Adluts 1000yen

closed:every Monday

Christmas Party 2010@J-hoppers Osaka

How did you celebrate Christmas this year?
We had a big party on the 22nd, we rented a keg of beer again,because it was very popular with both guests and staffs in our summer event.. then, we prepare Fumi's kinda minestrone soup with a lot of vegetables and Ranna's special Yakisoba(noodle), M's special Guacamole,some sweets breads, and my 3 kinds of deep flied foods.. anyway, enjoyed like "Izakaya (Japanese style bar)" style?!

Pretty Lovely girls..

We had another reason why we rented a keg this time. Kyohei, the new staff is good at playing Beer Pong( he says..), so we planned to play in this party, though it was the first time for me to see.

He also named "Beer Pong World Cup", and made 6 teams with 2 persons each.
The rule seemed easy, but I knew it's quite difficult to throw a ping pong boll into a small cup !
And of course, they're getting drunk and getting harder to control..

The final match was Kyohei-led Team America VS Team Australia!
They had a close game, and Team America wanted to win in the name of birthplace, but..
Team Australia won !!

Anyway it was drunk party but great party, so we're glad to have such a party at the end of this year.

Thank you so much for everything in this year, wish you all have wonderful New Year.
We will keep doing our best in 2011, too !!

Have you been to Hida Takayama??

Have you been to Hida Takayama??
Takayama is one of my favorite places in Japan.

I just got a new snowboard,boots and binding ,so I would love to go to Takayama to go snowboarding,and after snowboarding I want to take a nice onsen !!

You may watch the snow fall while taking a bath in an outdoor hot spring♪

Go on a skiing or snowboarding trip to Takayama!

A journalist from France: Raphael Beaugrand

A French journalist, Raphael Beaugrand stayed with us at J-Hoppers Hiroshima the other day. He biked all the way from France and finally made it here in Hiroshima. He crossed 17 countries to interview victims from the World War II. His documentary will be broadcast in France next fall and be screened as well.

Please check the video below. You will see how he reached here and how amazing what he has done.


About his trip:

On the 3rd March, Parisian journalist Raphael Beaugrand took off on his bicycle with an aim to reach Hiroshima by 15th January 2011. Here he tells us why.
On the project
More than sixty years ago, war was raging in my native France. The atrocities of the Second World War follow different generations. Memories die with people and the consequences of conflict fade into oblivion. However, since 1945, blood is still shed in Eurasia. Armed combats, internal rivalries or hostilities from neighboring countries have hit entire populations. From Bosnia to Japan, the road is riddled with conflicts past, present and future. Between Srebrenica and Hiroshima, two cities notorious for the atrocities of war, several countries have witnessed deadly episodes in their history. Other countries live in fear of arms returning. On this road that stretches from Paris to his final destination, covered by Beaugrand on a bicycle, there still lives an unaccounted number of victims of genocide, wars of independence, frozen conflicts, terrorist acts or armed repression. Absorbing their daily lives and collecting their stories, Beaugrande will listen to the people as they tell of their memories, as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Hosted by locals, sitting at a restaurant table or in an office, Beaugrand wishes to illustrate dark pages of history and show that despite losses and sorrows, life has revived in the hope of new, happier days ahead.

The goal
Journalist since 2007 for the web edition of Le Point weekly newspaper, I have been keen on analyzing and understanding the world. Passionate about cycling and fond of traveling, I have previously had the good fortune of spending several months on the roads of Eurasia. I spent a year in China and several weeks at a time in India, Vietnam, Cambodia and the countries that constituted the former socialist republic of Yugoslavia, and was able to deepen my understanding of the conflicts that these areas have encountered. Combining my thirst for discovery with my interest in the history of Eurasian countries, I initiated this project of cycling through conflict zones two years ago. The intention was to find out how life has re-emerged for the victims, what their memories of the conflict are, -and what their hopes are today.
All have lost a relative, have seen adverse army marching under their eyes, have had to escape their countries or live in fear of repression. “39th Parallel” is a collection of encounters capturing victims’ daily lives and showing their new lives and ongoing struggle.
It will be an antology of testimonies from people of Eurasia. From the mountains of the Balkans and the Black sea shore, via South Caucasus, Caspian Sea shores, Kazakhs plains, Kyrgyzstan mountains, desert of Taclamacan, Korean peninsula or Japanese archipelago, a whole continent will be explored from West to East. Capturing these moments every day, the reportage is a picture of its inhabitants. A picture of people met, countries traveled and landscapes explored.
Filming along the way I will put footage online as I proceed, allowing me to share my adventure with the readers.

The map
On the 3rd of March, leaving from Paris, my well-equipped bicycle will depart for the roads of Eurasia. A journalistic adventure, physical challenge and geographical discovery; Paris - Hiroshima will not be a speedy trip. The route extends across France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Korea and Japan. Arrival in Hiroshima is planned to take place on the 15th of January 2011.

Christmas Party @ J-hoppers Hida Takayama

Merry Christmas from Hida Takayama!!

I hope everyone had a great time.

We had Christmas Party on 24th December;)

We cooked a lot of meals in preparation for the guests!!



Buffet Style:)

We also had sake tasting!!

One of the guests got all the answers right!!!


Mr. Tze Siong from Singapore;)

Thank you very much for joining us, everyone!!

A four-digit pass-code

Hello, how are you?

As you know, J-hoppers Osaka lock the entrance door after 10:00pm, then you need the four-digit pass-code like J1234J to get in.

We often change this code to be secured, but be stuck for choosing the numbers in fact.

Four-digit pass-codes are popular in Japan, requested wherever you are.
Like bunk account, credit card, password to enter your own web site or car numbers.

Japanese like to play on words linking a four-digit pass-code.
For example "8739"means flower bloom.
"8060"means hello.
My boy friend loves Yazawa Eikichi who is a Japanese singer, so he put his name as
his car number like "838".
He rent a parking space every months, then his next car's numbers is ....



Going to the Hell...

It's awful....
I was down as I saw this...
I will be happy if I see numbered"777".

Please tell me if you know funny words linking a four-digit pass-code.

Big News from J-Hoppers Kyoto !!

Hello !!

We would like to inform you a big news from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

We will do hostel renovation(only Kyoto) from 2oth-31st Jan. 2011.
(* We are sorry we will be closed between 20th to 31st Jan 2011.)

I am sure it would be much much more an attractive hostel.
We are so excited now.

At the beginning ,we've started to paint the walls.

The painting is the way harder than I expected.
It made me struggled badly at the beggining.

As somebody who have stayed here before know
that we've had plenty of guest pictures on our walls.

See the attached photo!

You can recognize how they are used to be on.
This hostel has been here for 8years since 2002.
That is kind of achievement of the hostel as you can see the wall marks.


It took me almost 2 hours to finish up. So hard,eh?
I guess I am getting better little by little though still need to practice.

Please do not worry that professional carpenters
are coming to fix the hostel for sure!

We are all looking forward to it!!
And we are pleased you to come and stay with us !
We'll keep update what is going on the hostel.



My favorite winter event is now taking place in Hiroshima city.

Hiroshima Dreamination is one of Hiroshima's biggest draws of the winter season and is becoming a one of the city's biggest yearly attractions. Peace Boulevard and parts of the city center is illuminated with thousands of colored light bulbs. It is held every evening (17:30-23:00) until January 3rd. If you walk 15 minutes from J-Hoppers Hiroshima, you will see the very pretty sight!

My cousins visited me the other day and I took them to show it and They loved it!

Enjoy the random photos :)

Christmas is coming soon!
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas★

Autumn Sakura ??

Few days ago, we were walking along the Nijo castle walls, when we noticed small dots on a tree which had already lost all its leaves. We got curious and approached to see what it was. And then ...

It was cherry blossom in middle of December!!!
A Japanese lady who was looking at it with us said it was unusual but not abnormal. Some species of cherry may blossom in autumn. In Nagoya there is a park where maples and this kind of cherry trees have been set up together on purpose she said. You can then enjoy red leaves and white flowers at the same time. It must be so beautiful!
When we came back home, we looked for it on Internet, and we could find it!
(Google map)
Those who are in Kyoto now, rush to the north-east corner (outside) of Nijo Castle to see these automn sakura!
(Google map)

German market at Osaka

We went the other day to Osaka and ended up going the German market under the Umeda Sky Building. As frequently, while I've been working 10mn walk from it during several years, it's only that I'm living far away that I went to enjoy it. Fortunately I realized it's been relevant to suggest it to the customers of J-Hoppers Osaka. Even if it's small, there is a lot of visitors and the atmosphere is merrily "christmastic" !!!

A big Christmas tree shines under the Sky Building and is surrounding by around 20 stalls. It remind me about France. Every cities hold its Christmas market the same way.

Stalls sold to visitors traditional candies, toy, decoration, sausages, ...

And the most important, beer of course !
Indeed I preferred a glass of hot wine. It's a mix of hot red wine and spices, it's very sweet and has a strong cinnamon flavour. In German it's said Glühwein.

You can have it served in little mug shaped as a snow boot and keep it for a little extra.

To accompany it, my suggestion would be these caramelized nuts.
After this light appetizer, francfort sausages and ginger bread will help you to forget the cold :-)

Entrance free
Until the 26th of December, from 17:00 everyday.
Access : follow direction for Umeda Sky Building from Osaka Station, Fukushima Station or Nakatsu Station.