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!!

RENOVATED J-HOPPERS KYOTO GUEST HOUSE

Hello, This is Minasyo from Kyoto J-Hoppers lounge without any guests...

Now J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest house is being renovated for your future enjoyment.
I will renewal tomorrow!!I will show you some renewal photos in advance.

New sink @ 3F
Finally you can wash your hands and face with hot water !!

Lobby@1F
Looks like cafe style(?)

J-Hoppers big sign
You can find J-Hoppers easily!!

Next my entry I will show you very comfortable new beds photos in dorm rooms.
Don't miss it !!

Snowboarding!!

Hello! This is moco* from J-hoppers Hida Takayama!

I went snowboarding with my friends last week.

Honoki daira in Nyukawa (about 40min from J-hoppers by car)














This mountain is not too big, and famous for
powder snow for locals.

Go to the top of the mountain--!!















We were very lucky because we found secret powder place!!

We could enjoy powder run a lot!!!!

And my friend told me unique i phone application
for snowboarding and skiing

I'm going to show you!

★SKI TRACKS★














You can check your maximum speed, ski distance or any of
the comprehensive ski statistics and profile graphs at anytime and
complete your day by adding some photographs on route.

My maximum speed was 52km!!

Let's enjoy snow in Takayama---;)















**********Honoki daira********************

40min by Nohi bus from Takayama station

Time table:

http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/hirayu_shinhotaka.html

Shirakawa-go is covered with snow

Hello, this is PAPI from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House.

They often have snowy weather in Takayama and Hida region.
Yesterday, I went to Shirakawa-go with my friends.

It was snowing all day.....
When we arrived at Shirakawa-go, it was blanketed by snow.

On this day, it was one of beautiful event as winter illumination.
The illumination only takes place 7 days each year in January and February



.


When gathering darkness, many houses are illuminated and create beautiful landscape.





I was freezing cold but the houses are soooo beautiful.
There are many cafe and restaurant open quite late on this day.



Schedule for light up

5th February(Saturday)
6th February(Sunday)
13thFebruary(Sunday)
19th February(Saturday)

You can go to Shirakawago by Bus called Nohi Bus.
This is the timetable as below
http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/shirakawago_kanazawa.html

J-Hop Tour Hida Takayama - We provide you with a budget bus tour to Shirakawa-go from Takayama. Shirakawa-go ( Site with traditional thatched roof houses. ) is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will take you back to the Japanese good old days. View the website of J-Hop Tour Hida Takayama

JAPAN or AUSTRALIA ??

Asian Cup FINAL mutch tonight !!!

Which national team are you going to cheer for?

JAPAN or AUSTRALIA ??

We are going to take guests to a sport bar and watch the game tonight!

It must be a lot of fun if we watch the game with many people!
We have been having many Australian guests these days at J-Hoppers Hiroshima, so it's going to be interesting... Hehe.

I'm super excited about the game tonight!!!

Book Now and Join Us !!


What do you think about Japanese tradition and culture?

Mr. Yano, one of our cleaner staff, is sometimes a magician, sometimes a repairman, sometimes a cook of Yakisoba.. and he's also famous to have an unimaginable idea, sometimes.

A couple of month ago, he confessed to me "Hey.. I want to make a notebook to know what foreigners think about Japanese culture.. "

It was a new idea for us to make a notebook! Just for it, not as a guest book !?
Then we made the notebook and left it in the lobby with a guest book, and wait (sometimes ask guests by ourselves.. )

We were surprised, we've got many responses, more than we thought, so please let me introduce some of them here.



#1:
In japan, we believed that rabbits made ricecakes on the moon when we were children,because parents taught us this.
How about in your country? Do you have any stories involving the moon?

"We've taught that the moon is made of cheese"-Texas, USA & New Zealand

"The moon has the face of a hairy man"-Melbourne, AUS

"We're taught that the man on the moon was responsible for all the things that happened around the house that no one who lived in the house was responsible for !" - Brisbane, AUS

"We have exactly the same story as Japanese" -Seoul, Korea

#2:Matsutake, mushrooms are one of the most expensive ingredients in Japan. Are they found in your country? Have you ever eaten them?

"They seems to be a German name for it called Kiefevpilz(pine-mushroom). The most expensive mushrooms are called "Steinpilz"." - Offenburg, Germany

"Yes ! Imported from Japan ! " - Vancouver, Canada


.. but there are just few guests who know about Matsutake.. I wonder why it became so expensive and popular in Japan?!


And, this is the last one, and the one which we had the most interesting responses.


#3:
It's said that there are many gods in a house to protect a house. For example, the god of entrances, the god of kitchens, the god of toilet.. What do you think about this??

"I think there can be a god anywhere you want one to be. The god of traffic lights is not a harry god."-Melbourne, AUS

"If there was a god in my toilet, it would be awesome because I would have some one to talk to during the long halls" - Melbourne, AUS

"If there is a god in the toilet, I wonder if it will protect me from poo??" - Perth, Australia

" I hope there is a god in the kitchen, because I need all the help I can get with my cooking :) "
- England



.. Some of them are not "we were told" anymore.. they're making new story now !


Anyway, how about you? Please let us know if you have some other stories :) ☆

I'm not fat. I'm fluffy!!

I watched TV this morning while eating breakfast.

there is something interesting.

Well, Japan has a huge reputation of "being skinny" in the world.

Needless to say, Japan is No 1



how to calculate how "fluffy" you are.


weight ÷ height (cm) 2


(example)

weight 60kg
height 170cm→1.7

60÷ (1.7 squared)=

60÷ 2.89= 20,7%

18 skinny





25 fat mmm...chubby



my case

68,9kg ÷ 170

=23.8%


coool, interesting! I don't think I'm fat. I'm not even fluffy.

However, if I keep drinking like this way, I'll definitely have a beer belly in the future.

Oh yea! who cares!!

ZOHNI-PARTY IN J-hoppers OSAKA




A happy new year♪☆★☆(^V^)☆★☆
We wish your happiness in 2011!

Aki, the president of our hostels, cooked Zohni on JAN 2nd!

Zohni is a rice cake and vegetable soup. Flavor and ingredients, including meat or fish and all kinds of vegetables, differ according to the region or family.

The number of the guest who joined the party was exceed our expectation!
We had a great time in the party!

All guest were non-Japanese so that they have never had Zohni!
They could not imagine what it is!

Many questions came up!
"What is Zohni?!"
" looks like a gum!""How do you make Mochi, or rice-cake?"

By the way I was glad that all guest talked and laughed together in a ring.
Everyone knows everyone's face.

I guess it is an unforgettable memory for them...
They could not stop their heat even after midnight, ha ha.

Aki must be happy to see them too.
His zohni was very delicious! He looks like a Santa Claus on the new year!

I wish he visit us next year again!(v_v)☆★

Snowboard in Hiroshima!!

Hi there!This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse.

The other day,I went to go snowboarding to Geihoku Kokusai ski resort.
It takes around 2hours by bus.The ski-tour bus leave from Hiroshima station!


That was a first time for me.
I had never been to ski resort since I got there!!I didn't have my board and boots.However,they have rental service.So I could rental them.It is so convenience:-)

I haven't seen so much snow for a long time.
That's why when I got off the bus,I was sooooo excited and couldn't wait to do snow boarding.



To be honest,I was not very keen on snow boarding until I went there.
But once I snowboard,I couldn't stop it.I think I did for 6 hours!!
It was not harder than I thought.And also I felt fantastic when I traversed a slope!!!
Now I'm crazy about snowbording:-)

Ski season will continue through the end of February or the begging of March.So I'm going to do that as many as I can !!

If you want to try snow boarding or skiing in Hiroshima.
I would be more than happy to help you during your stay in J-Hoppers Hiroshima gesthouse:-)

New common room!!

Hi there I am Matsu from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guesthouse.

The snow has turned to ice,and hasn't melted from streets.

Please be carefully not to slip on icy streets!

Also the new common room was remodeled yesterday.

Not long ago a guest commented that the room was too small to enjoy hanging out in.I had to admit,it wasn't as good as it could have been because there was a wall between Kotatsu room and TV room.

Now it is fixed and is roomy enough to hang out in and mingle with other guests.


This is the pevious TV room↓












The new common room↓














This is the room so far,it is not yet completed,but will be soon

I hope everyone enjoys the new facility!!

Golden Pavilion under the snow

After the snow storm of New Year Eve, a beautiful white layer completely covered Kyoto once again on Sunday. It's not so common to have that much snow inside the old capital so I hope you're enjoying it !
For me, yesterday has been the chance to take pictures I've been waiting for since a long time : the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) covered by snow.
You have to be available early in the morning on the right day. It must have enough snowed to be beautiful and not immediately melted when the sun rises. But in opposite the storm must be over and the weather must be fine. Preferably it should happen on a weekday to avoid a little of the crowd ...
Not easy at all, but I got this chance ! When I arrived it was still snowy and horrible gray sky so I had to be patient, and then the sun came. I hope you will enjoy the pictures below as much I enjoyed taking them. Also I wish you to see it with your own eyes : the blue of the sky, the gold of the temple, the white of the snow, the green of the pine, the emerald of the lake ... it's absolutely gorgeous !
Ah, there is a very precious tool to hunt this picture : the webcam of the temple. Before jumping from your futon to your boots have a look on Internet to see if it's worth the loss of a lie-in. ;-)

















MR Bean is back!!(God help Hiroshima)






After nearly 18 months,Mr Bean returns to Hiroshima.
last time it was Hiroshima hana hostel,this time it is J-hoppers Hiroshima.


When asked how it feels to be back in Hiroshima,Mr bean responded "BANZAI"!

Suprise

Hello from KYOTO! 

It has been over 2 weeks in this year.
I can tell time flies so fast. I should have something NEW for me!

What do you wish this year? Well, I surely wish for my health.
I'll take cuisine assay this year just for my hobby sounds like body.


By the way, We had a special day.
It was for our indispensable person, Mr. Aki 's Birthday.
We premeditated a surprise thing for him.

One of our wonderful staff ''Ai chan" stopped him for a while
with her cute acting.

Then after.....

Here he comes !


We sang "Happy Birthday" and let off a firecracker!!!!


We all relieved that he was surprised obviously!



Thank you very much for giving us such a great time.
I realized how peaceful and homey here at J-Hoppers Kyoto!




NEW J-Hoppers Kyoto has dawned with.....
New Staff
New facility
(renovation will be finishing up early in Feb.)

We are all welcome you to visit us !


ciao





Happy New Year !

Do you know Kagami mochi ?



It means the "mirror mochi" (mochi is a cake of pasted rice). Why mirror ? Some says it originates from the round shape of the mochi, like the traditional japanese mirror. The two mochi symbolize the past year and new year. And on top of it we put a daidai (Japanese orange) which symbolizes generations of the family ('generation' is said 'daidai' in Japanese).
This one is quite a very special one. The two balls of mochi aren't mochi, but breads ! I've received it from the bakery where I used to work. It's kind of French version of kagami mochi :-)

Now, I wish to everyone a very very Happy 2011 Year ! May creation, peace and happiness accompany you, may knowledge and love guide you in your choices all along this new year.