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!!

J-hoppers Osaka +ECO

We are correcting the used plastic bottle caps.

Do you know why?

Recyclers buy 400 caps as 10yen.

Then 20yen covers the polio vaccinations of one child.

How do you change caps to the polio?

You need to correct massive caps, so NPO companes do this work.

They donate money to UNICEF or developing countries.

How much CO2 comes out when caps are burnning?

400 caps come out about 3.15 kg CO2.

If you recycle them, it helps not only chileren, also the earth.

Recycling caps is very easy and fun.

You do not need to be patient so much. I am sure you would be glad to see putting on them

more and more.

Please remind YOU can save a lot of things by yourself.

How to be a photographer...

When the cold season comes, I feel like reading books written by Michio Hoshino.
This adventure-hearted Japanese photographer used to live in Alaska for 20 years.
He died at the age of 44 (1996), because of being attacked by a bear at Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

The autumn leaves took long time to change their color this year in Kyoto.
People have been anxious about if they never will turn the color so much.
The online information has been up-dated every single day by a tourist bureau.
We could make collection of photographs with beautiful autumn leaves,
however still not be able to make them change to beautiful color for it.

Michio Hoshino traveled for 3000km to shoot the photos of a group of caribou for 1 month just by himself.
He just waited the time they come.
Some year they came and other time they didn’t.
He just traveled with his camera and tent even it is minus 50 degrees.

My mother and I visited one temple famous for autumn leaves the other day.
We made a big queue to see the leaves for long long time.
We were even not sure if we were making a queue for right place or not.
We just hold a camera and waited the time we could take one shot with leaves.
We made it finally, fortunately, with not only leaves but also many tourist (mostly old ladies) behind us.

The winter is coming. The wind gets colder and colder day-by-day.
This year's 'The winter slostice (Toji)' is Dec 22nd. From that day the hours of sunlight is longer even we will have the coldest time after that.

Local walking tour with Mr.Yano

Ken had been thinking to organize a tour for our guests to show Japanese local experiences since we opened here.. and, this dream became true finally.. by Mr.Yano?!!

Every Wednesday morning, Mr. Yano takes guests to special places that could be difficult to find or try by yourself.

The schedule is like this:
1. Meet at 9:30 am in JH Osaka.
2. Get on a train and go to JR Tenma station
3. Walk around in Tenma market

4. Try "1 yen pachinko" !!

5. Have a coffe at Maid cafe
6. End the tour at Maid cafe

*Takes about 3 hours in total
*Free for the tour organizing, but you have to pay for transportation, entrance fee, food or anything else by yourself.

Come on Wednesday morning to J-Hoppers Osaka, and he will show you amazing or weird world..?!!!


Hola. buongiorno!

I have just finished 24. it's an American TV show as its popular.
it took me forever to finish but I could enjoy it.
Jack Bauer is such a nice guy and maybe stronger than American troop itself(if you watch last 2 episodes, maybe you can agree with me) but people around him are so trashy! always betray him or they turn out to be terrorists!

season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7: watched in Italian
season 5, 6 and 8: watched in English.

I promised myself that after i'm done with 24, I'll start studying spanish because my goal this year was to become fluent in Spanish. I'm such a quitter but I'm gonna try it again.

mm I dunno what to write but I'm excited about three things that I'm gonna do this year. first, go watch autumn leaves. second, snowboarding at the top of mt Rokko with my local friends and travel in Thailand.

2011 was surely a good year!!

Autumn in Kyoto

Hello !

It has been pretty cold in Kyoto these days.
However, this time of the season is very popular for Autumn leaves in Kyoto.

You've probably heard once about Kyoto leaves.

I've visited some temples last my day off. They were adrable!!!
I'll show you some pictures.


(for night lit up)

I'm sure it worth to see them for this special season.
The lit up will be open till 4th Dec. 2011.

If you have a chance to come to Kyoto, I would highly recommend to visit both temples.

Ciao !

Party days!!

I love drinking and parties!!

I always thinking if I have time,

I'd like to take our guest to nice Local Bar or Izakaya;)

We had some parties in November and

I had some chance to drink with guests.

Here are the pictures this month:)

★Drinking at Local Bar and Izakaya


★We had Sushi, Ramen, BBQ, Tacos, Takoyaki party;)

★J-hoppers crew

We hope you enjoy Takayama night life!!!

Leaf peeping at Miyaki temple

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

It's getting colder and colder which means it's good season Japanese SAKE:-)

In autumn many Japanese enjoy viewing the leaves change colors.

So I went to see the colorful autumn leaves with Masa.

After I finished my work,we went to Mitaki Temple by bicycle.

It took around 20 minutes from J-Hoppers Hirorshima.

(you can rental the bicycle at the hostel.of cause you can go there by local train.)

On the way to the temple,we have a luch box and japanese sweets at the store:-)

( I hadn't have anyting on the day.SO I was starved to death!!)

Mitaki-dera was founded in the year 809.

There are three falls, and the water will be used as an offering of water to the victims of the atomic bomb during the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.

The tahoto was dismantled from Hiro-Hachiman-jinja in Hirogawa,Wakayama in 1951, to hold a memorial service for the victims of the atomic bomb.

It was a bit early for the best season.But we could see the beautil leaves and good atomosphere there.

If you are planning to come to Hiroshima,why don't go to Mitaki temple??


Hello this is Minasyo from little bit chills Kyoto
I can't stop sneezing at this moment...:-)
It' s getting winter now!!

The other day I went to Saiho-ji temple with our guests.
The temple is commonly known as "Koke-dera."
The garden is very famous for its luxuriant mossy growth.

The mossy green and the maple red made a nice contrast. I think one of the best season to visit for the Saiho-ji now.

Saiho-ji is declared a World Heritage site.

If you want to visit there you must need reservation in advance.
By e-mail ? By phone ?... No, you have to make it by reply-paid postcard at least one week before the date you require (and include your details name, number of visitor, address in Japan).

Saiho-ji (西芳寺)
fee : 3000yen
access : #28 Kyoto bus from Kyoto station

Wasyoku (Japanese Cuisine) Seasonal delights at Mikaki Sou..


Now we were lucky enough to get two free meal tickets to this wonderful culinary experience. All the best the autumn has to offer. From the ripest Kaki, Kuri and seasonal fish, to a plate that looked as pleasing on the eye as it was on the pallet.

Now I am a sucker for sushi, and this was what it is all about. I think that if we were to have poured water onto the plate, the fish would have sprung into life and tried to make a swim for it. It really was that fresh.

I really enjoyed this place and would recommend going there to all of my friends. Its very hard to find good restaurants now-a-days, but they have gone a long way to restoring my faith in food. Its all about the freshness of the seasons. There is no need to fly you food thousands of miles just to save and few yens. Especially not when you have to sacrifice on the flavor. For the ultimate Washoku experience, look no further.

Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

Hello everyone!
It is Masa from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

It is getting quit cold in Hiroshima towards the year end. How fast time flies.
How was your 2011? I think my year was full of "Merry Meet."

We had some guests from the US the other day. One of them, Eugenel was a brother of an old guest who stayed with us 3 years ago. He was traveling in Japan with some friends, and he took advice from his brother and stopped over here for a couple of days.

And Reece from Australia, he was staying with us for a long while and on his last night in Hiroshima, we all went out for some drinks!!

The other staff, Chika and I started drinking around 6pm in town, then everyone joined us in Nagarekawa (the night life district.) It was so good to hang out with everyone! Eugenel and his friends told me how his brother and sister-in-law are doing in the US. They just had a baby boy a few months ago, so it was very exciting to hear all the stories. And it brought back such good memories of the time they were here.

Reece was such a funny guy. He is pretty lazy and very easy going. All the staffs liked having him around at the hostel. It was such a fun night with everyone and we drunk so much...! (I am a light drinker, but I had my first Jägerbomb that night!!)

It was such a fun night out, and everyone left Hiroshima next morning.
One of the hardest part of this job is the time to say good-by to good friends...
But I believe that I will see them again somewhere on this planet in the future!

I keep meeting new people at J-Hoppers Hiroshima everyday.

Merry Meet, Merry Part....and Merry Meet Again!

Inuyama castle

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

I went to Inuyama castle located on the side of kiso River in Aichi prefecture,one of the four national treasure castles in Japan along with Himeji ,Matsumoto,Hikone.
I would say that the Inuyama castle is one of the top 3 ranked tourist places to visit in Aichi prefecture.

Inuyama castle
Open hours 9:00-16:30
Fee:500yen(Adult) 100yen(Child)
Access:It takes 30minutes from JR Nagoya station.

I also went to Momotaro shrine near the castle.
The structure of shrine looks strange.
However it is famous for being the origin of famous Japanese fairy tale Momotaro.It is also known to ward off evil spirits from children.


We went to Europe last month, to visit my family in France and have fun in London.

We've been welcomed by Mom's delicious food. Here, some 'gesier de canards' with potatoes and salad.

The next day we visited a cheese factory. Look at these thousands of cheese 'livarot' waiting to be eaten ! It's also sometimes called 'colonel' as the army rank. That's because five blades of grass are put around it, giving the aspect of the french army colonel insignia.

This was my grand parents' house. It's the last time I could see it. Three days later it's been sold.

It was first time I could meet my first niece, Elea.

Then we moved to London. The architecture of the city is very interesting. Buildings are colorful and refined.

The London Tower Bridge. Main tourist attractions are located in the right center of the city. But this bridge is a little bit farther in the east. This district has a completely different atmosphere, so it was still interesting to visit. It's easy to go from a tourist spot to another by bus, and I recommend enjoyed the top of two storied bus, and using a one day pass for bus and subway.

The famous Big Ben...

... and English Parliament. It's a very beautiful and old building next to the Thames.

Eating in England is definitely an adventure, but at least we wanted to try the famous Fish&Chips. Even if it's been amazingly hard to find, we finally found one in middle of nowhere, with the most beautiful view on the Thames, parliament and Big Ben. If you wish to enjoy this perfect spot, here comes the location.

We wanted to visit Westminster Abbey, but didn't knew it was closed on Sunday. Very disappointing. Instead we went to London Eye. The top of it is really high, the view is spectacular !

A Ginkgo Tree

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

There is a big ginkgo tree in Takayama.
Its estimated to be over 1250 years old.

When its full changed, and the leaf start falling down.
It looks like yellow carpet all around.
If you would like to see , please go there in early morning.

J-hoppers Osaka Halloween Party!

We had a Halloween party this year!
Staff dressed up as below, we had a lot of fun!

The left is Kyohei, middle is Nori , right is free-accommodation staff, Jose.
Their hats are very nice, especially Jose, ha ha!

This is real Jose. You are a tiger, but looks rabbit. ( Pretty!) I gonna bite you ! haha

The left is me, middle is Aya , right is Nori.
J-hoppers Girls staff♪

He is Mr Yano, one of our staff.
Do you think he looks like a chef? He has never cooked ever. He pretend it just as Halloween! haha

We have a lot of fun like this. Please join our Christmas party on 23rd of December!
Welcome to J-hoppers anytime :) Thank you!