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!!

English Tea.



Since the 18th century the British have been the largest per capita tea consumers in the world, with each person consuming on average 2.5 kg per year. The popularity of tea occasioned the furtive export of slips to tea plants from China to British India and its commonwealth , beginning in 1840; British interests controlled tea production in the subcontinent. Tea, which was an upper-class drink in Europe, became the infusion of every class in Great Britain in the course of the 18th century and has remained so.

As tea spread throughout the United Kingdom in the 19th century, people started to lay out tea gardens and hold tea dances. The tea gardens lost value after WWII but tea dances are still held today in the United Kingdom.

In Britain tea is usually black tea served with milk (never cream; the cream of a"cream tea" is clotted cream served on scones, usually with strawberry jam, a tradition originating from Devon and Cornwall). Strong tea served with lots of milk and often two teaspoons of sugar, usually in a mug, is commonly referred to as builders tea. Much of the time in the United Kingdom, tea drinking is not the delicate, refined cultural expression that the rest of the world imagines— cup (or commonly a mug) of tea is something drunk often, with some people drinking six or more cups of tea a day. Employers generally allow breaks for tea.

I have been drinking tea since I was very young, and In even remember my mum giving my little sister tea in a drinking bottle when she was a baby. I assume that she did the same for me and all my older sisters and brother when we were young. Now that I am living here in Japan, I am happy to substitute two cups of 'Yorkshire Tea',(My favorite brand of black tea) for two cups of green tea. Green tea is better for your body of so I am told. But there is nothing like a nice 'Cuppa' any time of day.

Cooking school at J....?!

Hello from Kyoto.
It's been warmer last a few days, but today is freezing cold again :(
When is the spring coming?

Even it is still cold outside, I already could feel hay fever these days.
So, I don't like to go out to have pollen dust.

In that time, I always have fun at home doing something.
I like cooking with girls or doing alone for days off recently.

It makes me stress release as much as I do cooking and eating :p

The other day,
me and J-Hoppers Kyoto new staff Saori have made Pizza at J-Hoppers Kyoto.
(since I don't have a big oven at home)

Saori is a good cook. She made wonderful dough.
I put ingredients whatever I want on top of the dough.

Then... into the OVEN !!!

While we were baking, we had a strange shooting time as most of
Japanese girls like to do.( Should I say "some"?)

Even other staff (Kalie-chan) was working at the reception,
she came up ,and made us fun with this funky posing.

I think we did such a great job with this.
They were all YUMMY!

We gave those to our guests. They also said YUM! That was great to hear that :)

We'll try to cook some other international cuisine. Anyone want to join?
Let's have fun.

Ciao !

My spain trip was amazing!!

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

I came back to Japan from my holiday trip to Spain!My trip to Spain was great!!!
I had wanted to visit there for a long time since I was a student.That's whyI had been excited since I was in Japan!!!

I spent whole my time in the city of Barcelona which is the most popular city of Spain.

Before I went to Barcelona,I was soooo worried which the city is safe or not.
As soon as I got there,my fears were instantly dispelled.
(of cause,I kept protect my bag from a pickpocket!!)

There were so many Japanese tourist than I thought.
I could met a Japanese girl from Kyoto.She was so nice !Besides,she was traveling alone.So we had a dinner together at Bar.

There are lots of art museums in Barcelona.Having the opportunity to see some of the artwork done by Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso was definitely a wonderful experience for me.
Dali museums is located in Figeras which is a small town takes 2 hours by train from Barcelona.
There are lots and lots wonderful his art works.So I couldn't stop take a photo there.
It is a bit far from Barcelona.But I can highly recommend the museum.Soooo cool!!!

I also could see many Gaudi's architecture.When I sow the Sagrada Familia,I have tearful eyes for it.That was amazing!!!

My trip was so good and had a really time there.
But I feel bad about my Spanish....I shoud've studied spanish more before I went there.

Untill the next time,I am going to learn Spanish.and then,I will definitely be back there once again!!

Even if you think that traveling to Spain is not for you, just give it try because I never thought that I would fall so in love with there!!!Good country:-)

There are lots of street graffiti art in Barcelona!!

We sell Kimono for 1500yen, postcards for 100yen each!

J-hoppers Osaka sell amenities like toothbrushes, shavers.
You can get kimono as well. The price is very cheap : 1500yen for kimono, 1000yen for obi.

Quality is really nice. Beautiful and colorful embroidered kimono and yukata are available now.
They are very popular among ladies, especially.

If you buy them at Kimono shop, the price would be over 10,000yen!

This picture's kimono is called yukata. We wear yukata in summer season or after taking a bath.
Yukata is lighter than kimono, so it is very easy to put on.

This site shows what is kimono and how to wear them :)

In addition, we sell postcards and stamps.
One of our staff make them by himself.
100yen each.
Bamboo postcard is the most popular. It is really nice postcard.

By the way, this is today's photo.
This alcohol comes from Mongolia!  Genghis Khan’s face is on the center... ha ha!

Have you ever tasted????

New Zealand trip

I went to New Zealand this month.

I lived in NZ for 1 year 6years ago.So I was excited to come back to New Zealand.

Main reason for this trip was to surf and climb up Mt.Taranaki.

Yusuke came along this trip .

I went to see Mt.Taranaki(2518-metre-high ).It was cloudy during my stay so I couldn't take good photos of Mt.Taranaki

We were so stoked to catch a lot of good waves

Hida Folk Village winter ilumination.

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

I went to Hida Folk Village at night time.

Now the houses are lighted up in the night. Its looks beautiful.

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Hida Falk Village (Hida no Sato)

10min by bus or 30-40min by walk from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House.


300 yen


14th January to 29th February 2012

From 17:30 till 21:00

[access by bus]
From JR Takayama station

Come back from Hida Folk Village

Hokkaido Snow festival

We went to see snowfestival in Hokkaido last week.
it was pretty impressive! Sapporo was much bigger than I expected, but not as cold as I expected, which is good.
First night, we got to Hokkaido around 8pm, so just waled around the city and got a couple of beers at international bar. then went to bed early because we were going to watch Super bowl the next morning at 8:30am.

too bad that patriots lost the game. they had been winning until the last 3 minutes.

well, afterwards, we went to beer breweries. then headed to Niseko at night.

Niseko is absolutely the best place to ski/snowboard. it was snowing a lot and foggy though. bummar! because you touched yourself at night lol (just an expression)

the last night in hokkaido, we came back in Sapporo to see Snow festival. beeeeautiful.

we loved it so much.

Hiroshima specialities!

Hello there, this is Masa from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
Japan is hit by a cold wave this winter. It snows a lot in Hiroshima as well. I heard the cold wave will stay for another few weeks...!

Oh well, the good thing in winter time is it is the oyster season! We have the biggest oyster farm in Japan and many oyster festivals are held in various locations in Hiroshima between January and February. Miyajima Oyster Festival is coming this weekend. Hiroshima's biggest and oldest oyster festival attracts huge crowds looking for raw and cooked oyster dishes at very cheap prices. ( You can try Oyster Miso Soup, Oyster Ramen and Oyster Okonomiyaki etc.)

You can have the fresh oysters in winter, but you are able to have oysters all year around on Miyajima island. And my favorite oyster restaurant is "KAKI-YA" on Omotesando street. I think they serve the best oysters on the island! Their special "Kaki-ya teishoku" (lunch set) is the best option if you want to try all the oyster menu from this restaurant. (This special lunch set is not even on their menu list!!!)

You would get grilled oysters, deep fried oysters, marinated oysters and oyster miso soup on this lunch set. The price is 2oooyen but even a deep fried oyster lunch set costs 1500yen, so I think it is pretty reasonable. If it is not so pricey for you, you should definitely try it!

We also have a very famous specialty in Hiroshima, of course it is OKONOMIYAKI!
There are some good Okonomiyaki restaurants around J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I hope you enjoy the yummy local food on your visit!