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!!

Presents for your stay ;)

Hi, how are you doing?

We give you a stamp for each night at any J-Hoppers or Hana Hostel.
You will get a discount or a special present on every 4th night.
 It does not have an expiry date.

Presents are mostly handmade. You can not buy in other places.
We hope you like our presents!

Keiko, one of the staff , makes drawstring bags as presents!
They will be nice presents for your trip.
They are very lovely so famous among the ladies.

If you buy them, it might be over 500yen!

 ←She is Keiko, a powerful and pretty girl :)

Keiko hopes your Japanese travel becomes unforgettable.
Please correct stamps to get them!
Thanks :)


Golden Week holidays has just started in Japan and it gets really busy at J-Hoppesr Hiroshima this coming a week. I took early holidays and went to Melbourne, Australia last week.

Chika used to live in Australia and she has been to Melbourne as well. She always told me how much she liked it and the good stories of the city. So it made me excited even more.

I fell in love with the city as soon as I arrived. It was such a cool city with beautiful architecture, lots of arts and very international atmosphere.

 "You will feel like you were in the Harry Potter movie in the library!"
As Chika said, it was an old and beautiful library.

I always love visiting markets in different countries.
Queen Victoria Market was one of the biggest markets I've ever been!

There were cool graffiti everywhere in town.

I went to Lorne for the weekend. 
Lorne is a small seaside town located along the famous Great Ocean Road. (2 hour drive from Melbourne) It was in autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, but there were still some surfers on the beaches. :)

And I saw wild koalas and kangaroos!

And one more thing that I have to tell you about ...
J-Hoppers Hiroshima's best friend, Paul !!!!

He loves Japan and every time he comes to Japan, he visits us. It was soooo good to see him in his hometown finally! He was fun and energetic as always!

He took me to his work and made YUMMY Australian style coffee for me!

Thanks for the lovely day Paul! I will see you in Japan next time! :)

I had such a great trip to Melbourne.
I would like to thank all the J-Hoppers Hiroshima team as well for letting me take a vacation in this busy season. Thank you very much guys! xx

Spring time with Strawberry

Our new cat `Strawberry` is really liking his new home. It must be so much more exciting than just sitting in the shop all day. When my wife brought him home, I could not believe my eyes. I have never seen a cat as colorful as He.

He spends hours on end, just staring out the window at all the tasty birds in the garden. They must be teasing him as they probably can tell that he is not that fast and they could just fly away if he were to chase after them. Mean little birds!!

Here comes the sun....Do-do  do-do!! With Spring well on the way.  But you cannot beat fresh vegetables in your belly. Super markets have lost their flavor. And all the food is the same shape. That is not how nature intended it.

 The garden is rocking. We have so many things to do, there just are not enough hours in the day.

Hakone trip

Hello everyone.

I went to Hakone which is about 80km west of Tokyo and attracts about 19 million tourists a year.

There are many nice Onsens and you can see Mt Fuji nearly.

There is a lake called Ashinoko which has Hakone shrine .
That reminds you of Miyajima doesn't it?

Ashinoko lake


Hakone shrine


This is a waterfall in Shizuoka prefecture↓

Shiraito waterfall 

the eigty-eighth day

It has been hotter and hotter these days in Kyoto. My back was slightly sweaty while hostel cleaning time. There is smell of the summer. On May 1st of this year is the eighty-eighth day from the beginning of spring. It has been said that the season shifts from spring to summer on this day. You might see Tea-picking in Uji area around this season. People say the leaves that are picked on eighty-eighth day are especially good. (It is also set up as a ‘Green tea’s day’ by Japan Tea Central Association) We very much enjoyed the cherry blossom and now are looking forward to the season of fresh green. If we pause ourselves for a little while in a busy day, there are full of joy around us. Even if you are not on a trip.

Spring has come to Takayama.

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

Spring has finally come to Takayama!!

Cherry blossom is nor full booming .
There are  7 famous viewing spots in Takayama City.
Enjoy the pretty pink flowers, blooming with the arrival of spring. Having a picnic or a walking while viewing the flowers is the ultimate way to enjoy the season and feel the essence of being Japanese.

You can see all spots in this site.

I walked Shiraoyama park to Nakabashi bridge.
At Shiroyama park will be ready few more days.
Nakabashi-bridge is best time to go!

My short history and a 'secret' garden in Kyoto

   Hello everyone. I’m Saori and this is my very first time to write my blog here. 

   First of all, let me introduce myself a little bit. I used to live by myself in Kyoto for about 3 years when I was a student and I absolutely loved living here. After I’d decided to quit the university though, I found myself with no choice but to go back to my hometown, Hyogo. I was struggling to find a job there, but nothing went right and nothing attracted my interest. I was afraid of getting used to this kind of monotonous life with no stimulation and ending up having to build a life there. As time went by, I gradually began to have a desire to go back to Kyoto again. That's when I had my fateful first encounter with J-Hoppers. I happened to find they had a job vacancy for a night staff at J-Hoppers Kyoto, and I immediately applied for it. I started working here as a night staff at the end of last year and I’m grateful that I was lucky enough to get a chance to become a reception staff ultimately. I’ve never lived abroad nor traveled around the world by myself, so it’s very stimulating for me to meet many tourists who have wonderful personality and unique backgrounds. I feel very privileged to be able to work with lovely and interesting co-workers in this beautiful ancient capital of Kyoto. 
   Well, so much for preliminaries.

   This time, I’d like to introduce you a hidden spot that is seldom mentioned in most guidebooks in Kyoto. 

   Needless to say, there are a number of famous temples, shines and gardens in this city.However, not much is known about the Shinsen-en (神泉苑) or "Divine Spring Garden".Located immediately south of Nijo Castle, Shinsen-en is the oldest existing garden in Kyoto.

    It was originally established for Emperor Kanmu when he relocated the capital from Nagaoka-kyo to Kyoto in 794. In Heian era (794-1185), emperors and aristocrats enjoyed various events and parties, such as boating, flower viewing, writing poetry, archery and even sumo wrestling.

    It used to be a very large garden with a pond (about 500m×240m). Unfortunately, its size was dramatically reduced by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who created and solidified the Tokugawa shogunate(known as Edo period) when he build Nijo Castile.

   If you are a Japanese history freak, I guess you've probably heard about Minamotono Yoshitsune, one of the most famous samurai warriors in the history of Japan. According to the historival legend, Shinsen-en garden said to be the place where he met Shizukagozen, a beautiful female dancer who he had fallen in love with.
   I’m sure you will catch your breath at the beautiful sight of cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall.

   If you’re planning to visit Nijo Castle, why don’t you get yourselves down to this beautiful garden?

●Shinsen-en Garden
 Telephone :075-821-1466
Business Hours :All day / Open Seven days
Fee :Free
Address:167 Monzen-cho, Oike-dori Shinsenen-cho higashi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City
*It takes about 30 minutes from Kyoto station by bus. You can also take JR line or the subway line to get there.

birthday party April fools

I became 24 years old last April fools day! thank you. The night before, we all went out for all night, so I had a hangover on my birthday which was pretty bad. Well, anyway I had a BBQ/Hanami party in sakuranomiya. Though I didint feel going out since I was so tired, I went there to set up for the BBQ. They all had a hangover so they were pretty late like 2 hours but 42 people came to my party eventually. Some of ma friends came all the way from Aomori and Okayama. All who came to my party and sent me a birthday message made my day. It was such an epic one..mmm I guess it was my best birthday. wish I took pictures to upload here though. this is so hilarious! it's not related to my things though.

Shimanami cycling!!!

Hi there!This is Chika from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
It is getting warm and the cherry blossom season has come again this year.

The other day, I went for a bike ride to Shimanami-kaido with mu boyfriend.
The shimanami kaido is an expressway in Japan that connects Onomichi,Hiroshima and Imabari,Ehime, going through nine of the Geiyo islands together, including Oshima,Umashima and Innoshima.
It has a scenic sea view and can be easily crossed with bicycles as well as cars.

We took a highway bus from Hiroshima bus center to Onomichi station.
It cost 1700yen for one way.

There is a rental bicycle place at Onomichi station.
You can hire a bicycle 500yen per day per person.
From Onomichi to Imabari.there are lots of bicycle return places,so you do not need to return the bicycle to the same place where you hire.
(But in this case,you can not to get a 1000yen deposit back.)

On the way to Imabari,we could see lovely view on the all is lands.
Each island is not so big,but as you travel by by bicycle, you feel the atmosphere and the nature as well!

If you are planning to come to Japan and have not decided the plan yet,I definitely recommend you to try the bike ride to Shimanami-kaido!!!!