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!!

International Party in J-hoppers Osaka



We host an international party every Friday night.
Recently Aya, a leader of the party, has changed light meal for you to enjoy Japanese culture and food .




We had Osechi( new year dish ) party in the beginng of this year, Gyoza party in Chiese new year, and we are going to have Setsubun party on the day before the beginning of spring.
I took this picture in the last week 's party.




We were very happy that many people joined and had a great time here!
All of them were expecting to get to know each other.
No need to hesitate to introduce your self.
These spontaneous smiles prove everththing.




By the way, this is a video in the party :)
http://www.facebook.com/jhoppersosaka#!/jhoppersosaka
Admission fee is free if you are staying here.
1drink is 300yen, but light meals are free!
Party stars from 19:00.




If you visit Osaka, please do not miss this party!
This is the best chance to meet many travelers/friends :)
Branch hostels in Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama have this kind of events as well.
We hope we can help your trip to be wonderful!!!

Wachi

Let me introduce you to a IZAKAYA that is like a select hideaway

Wachi (燻製と地ビール 和知)

According to results compiled by Japan Beer Times,

Highlights:
* Delicious, smoked food
* Great selection of bottled imports (beer)
* Completely affordable prices (Smoking: yes)

Wachi is one of the finest craft beer establishments in Japan. While a great selection of craft beer, including rare imports, together with affordable prices can be matched by anyone, Wachi brings unusual varieties of......

Wachi is very popular in Japanese beer fan.
No wonder they have no seat (満席) even in a week day...



They don't have enough English menu... but they will show you the label of bottles, if necessary...

Access from J-Hoppers Kyoto : City subway to 'Shijo station' ⇒walk about 5min beside the DAIMARU department store

J-CUP

Hello from freezing Kyoto !

What have you thought about this title?

We had a sports day with J-Hoppers Kyoto, Osaka ,Kyoto Hana Hostel staff
and some friends yesterday.

We did Futsal at Futsal square in Kyoto.
It was my first time to play futsal though, I had so much fun.
I guess most of them have got muscle ache in a day or more !!
I'm having a moderate aches today...


You'll see what we have done on pictures↓↓

First, warm-up!


Then , Mr. J made up 2 teams.

Now, here we started~♪


It was our first time to play sports together!
This was so virginal time as you could see smiles of all.
Hopefully, we often could keep doing this kind of events with
some other guests once a month.

BIG SMILE :)

Shimane one day trip!!







Hi there!this is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima !!

The other day,I took a one day off and went bak home to meet my parents.
When I got bach home,my mum said"I made a reservation for one day trip to tour to Shimane!"

So I went to Shimane with my family.We left home around 6:30(so early!) and hop on the bus ,then going to Shimane.

Around 12:00,we arrived "Hawai Onsen place"I don't know why its called Hawai, but there were so many onsen placed and hostls.
But there were nt so many people there.It must be a resort place but it was so quiet.
(Maybe it was winter....)

At a japanese styke Ryokan, we had a really nice luch,I had crab hot pot,crab sashimi,crab tempura,and crab resotto....So many crab deshes!!Everything were so yummy!


After kunch,we went Chinese Garden whis is calles Encho-en.
We watched chinese acrobatic show.
It was fun and nice!!


If you have a chance to visit Shimane,why don't you go there??

Shirakawago light-up

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

I went to Shirakawa-go light-up.































Light-up schedule is below

* 4th Feb (Sat)
* 5th Feb. (Sun)
* 11th Feb. (Sat)
* 12th Feb. (Sun)
* 18th Feb. (Sat)


















Nohi bus company organizes a tour for the light-up.

Time schedule for the tour

Takayama ・・・ ・・・・・・・Shirakawago・・・・・・・・・・・・Takayama
16:15 ..................17:05~19:15 ......................20:05

Nohi Bus company

http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/new/fuyu_tour2011-shirakawago.html

TEL0577-32-1688  (9:00~18:00)

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

Have you seen "Unkai"??

I went snowboarding to Arkopia ski area last weekend.

I was so exited!!

I've heard new snowboard park has just opened!!








It was so fun, they had waves, ramps....and some jumps!!


When I got on the ski lift to the top, I saw the sun in a fog.


.......???????


"Unkai" ( Sea of clouds!!)






I couldn't believe it, because the bottom was so foggy.


Of course I've never seen heaven, but it was like a HEAVEN!!!!!

I was so lucky to see it :)














I love winter and snowboarding:)

Trip to Beppu and Hakata

What the best thing in winter time in Japan is to soak and get relaxed in an Onsen (hot spring.) Beppu in Oita is one of Japan's Three Great Hot Springs. I went there for a new year's trip a couple weeks ago. It is a small town and you see steam of hot spring everywhere.


It is also famous for it's visually stunning hot springs (The Hells of Beppu).
The hells are too hot to be diluted into Onsen, and they emerge at temperatures ranging from 50 to 99.5 °C (122 to 210 °F). Look at those colors! Some of the hells have a natural smell of sulfur.

Here is how to make "Hot Spring boiled eggs."

There are some crocodiles too! Surprise!


I visited Hakata sity in Fukuoka on the second day.

Kushida shrine lies at the heart of old Hakata, the centre of the old city and is from here that the competitors in Fukuoka's most famous festival, the Yamagasa depart on their long early morning run. It was a nice small shrine to visit.


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum was very interesting.


And enjoyed the good city view from Fukuoka tour.



Then had some yummy Hakata Ramen of course!!


It was great fun visiting those diferent cities!
I would love to come back again!


the ideal housewives



Greetings from behind the computer at quiet J-Hoppers Kyoto’s lobby.

It has been a while turned New Year, 2012.
We have put up decorative pine trees at the gate (called ‘Kadomatsu’). It is almost seasoned and that means St. Valentine’s Day is coming soon.



We have received new night staff here in J-Hoppers Kyoto since end of December.
She is the lady of ‘ the ideal housewives’.
Firstly she is young and pretty. Second, she is good at cleaning (Her bed is always neat and tidy.) And most importantly, she is a super talented chef!

She cooked;
・ soba noodles with fried vegetables for New Year’s eve
・ fresh spring roll (Goi cuon in Vietnamese)
・ Japanese style pilaf (rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients)
・ Miso soup
・ Spaghettis
・ Sandwiches (better than Subway’s ones) and so on…





Before the cherry blossom season comes, we will put on our weight. I’m sure.

Talking about the food, I tried Kyoto style soup with rice cakes (Ozouni) for the first time for this New Year’s days. The soup is cooked with white miso while other regions’ soup made with red (dark) miso. It is sweeter and milder.

When you visit to Kyoto, please try white miso Ozouni and dishes cooked by our new night staff!

Winter Wind Protection

Hello, this is Papi from J-hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House.

It's snowing every day and cold day every day..

We have wide door at main entrance.
When its opened in winter, cold wind come into the lobby.

So, we made this!


This curtain can protect from cold wind!

Now I am going to make some decoration for this.

A start to the season. Football and Skiing.





So first of all we had a general meeting to discuss the coming season. Most position in club changed hands. And you are reading about the new team captain. My new role we be the same as when I was in England. Keeping everyone motivated whilst on the pitch and leading by example. However I do not think I will be able to be a strict as if I were playing in the UK. I might come as a bit of a shock if I spoke to people that way.



I have also been skiing a few times this season. I have also brought 10 season passes for this ski field 芸北国際 Geihoku Kokusai. I found them on line at Winterplus.jp

I look forward to going every week. Please give me a call if you want to come ;-)




vacation



あけましておめでとうございます!
Happy New Year! I wish you all the best.

First. I'd like to say thank you to Ranna and Keiko.
Thanks to them, I got 7 days vacation and off to Thailand.
it was my 4th time there but I pretty much enjoyed it as previous times!

We went to floating market, beaches, fancy hotel, tiger temple and tourist places.
food was amazing as burritos. I had 31 meals for 6 days. mostly, fried rice and larp with steam rice! so good.

countdown was so crazy. all people wasted their beers haha.

I had an awesome time! wanna go back there one day soon again!

2012 !!!

Happy New Year!!!

We would love to thank everyone who made our 2011 so great! We hope your new year will be filled with lots of joy and happiness. We are looking forward to seeing you here at J-Hoppers Hiroshima! :)

J-Hoppers Hiroshima Team


Party Organizer, Kawa-chan and Night Staff,
Tsuru-san are also waiting for your visit too :)