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!!

2013

Hi there!


Year 2013 is finishing soon!!

It was really great year for me.

I have been to Yakushima island and did trekking there
And the other time I went to the third highest mountain of Japan!!
I enjoyed the nature and mountains a lot this year.


Also I got two qualifications.
I got a car driving license and passed the National Examination for certified Domestic Travel Service Supervisor.


Of course, I met great guests.
Really enjoyed the time with them!!
We had a Christmas party with the guest who stayed in J-hoppers last year and the other guests. It was great fun!!:D
I'm thankful to people whom I met:D






I'm excited to the next year!!



Bowling Party in Takayama!

We had a bowling party in Takayama!
We are really into sports party these days! It's good for heath and refreshing!!
This time, 6 guests and 4 staff joined the party. We separated into 2 teams and competed!!
This bowling place is very strict because we lose the chance if we step over the line. So we were very serious when we threw the ball.
It was very excited because it was very close fight.

<Ayumi's turn>                                            <My turn>

 <Aki's turn>

Unfortunately my team lost the game, so we treated winners to ice cream...
but I got first prize^^ (even I got 108 points...I am so lucky!) So I got lotto as a prize♡ Yay!!

Team game makes us excited and interesting! And we had warm friendly feelings.
We will definitely plan to have another bowling party for next time.
So please come to Takayama and fight with us if you have confidence in bowling^^ We are waiting for you! hehehe!

I hope  everyone has a happy new year***

Stay connected in Japan


Quite surprisingly, Japan is not the “all wireless” country you could think it is. When traveling you will most likely have more trouble finding free Internet spots than in most cities in the US or some other parts of Asia.
Even in Starbucks the task is not easy, to use their Internet service you will have to sign a contract beforehand a with telecommunication company... which is not easy when traveling. (They ask you to get access to your email to use their free Wifi, which makes zero sense.)

Situation need to be improved rapidly, given that Japan will host Olympic in the upcoming years. But thing won't be done easy, apparently..

So here are some tips to get Internet access in Japan.

*Japan Gide.com*
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2279.html
You can get many useful info here. Check it out before you head to Japan. This site covers pretty much everything in regard to Internet access in my opinion.

*Free Wifi in Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe*
HANKYU-HANSHIN WELCOME Wi-Fi starts from Saturday, December 21.
This is a free public wireless LAN service that provides a comfortable internet environment for foreign tourists.
A simple certification procedure allows you a free connection to the internet at each station of Hankyu Corporation and Hanshin Electric Railway, or at the group commercial facilities. In addition, those who purchased "HANKYU TOURIST PASS" or "HANSHIN TOURIST PASS" can get preferential treatments, such as using as you like all day. Please feel free to use this service if you have a chance to visit these spots.

Location: Each station of Hankyu Corporation and Hanshin Electric Railway, group commercial facilities
Reference: http://www.kansai360.net/en/?p=1652

Needless to say, you can get free Wifi at J-Hoppers/Hana Hostel :)

Having said that, I personally think travelers nowadays have been amazingly spoiled by stuff like smartphones and Wifi. People don't even know how to read maps (not google map, I'm talking about actual maps!) and keep complaining that there's no Wifi. ... You know, you have come all the way to a totally different country with totally different culture and language, in search of adventures and new experiences, right? Getting lost and having hard time communicating with locals are the highlights of your journey, don't you think. :) Why not stop checking your facebook page all the time and enjoy the moment with new people? Just saying...


Last trip of this year Arima Onsen

What is your favorite radio Station? 
My acupuncture doctor listen AM Radio. 
Whenever we visit his clinic I hear Kansai typical dialect.
My favorite one is FM COCOLO. I listen for alarm and BGM to sleep.  
It's my favorite time to spend nights. 
I started to listen this Radio Station because My favorite DJ moved there.  Nostalgic and memorable music at 60's or 70's bring me to other world. (Attention!! Even though I was born at 80's,) My favorite program is The Wolfman Show (21:00 to 23:00 Mon-Fri). This program was popular in the world on 60's. I love atmosphere of 60's.
Via Application Radico you can listen wherever you stay. 
http://cocolo.jp/

Other favorite thing is ONSEN.
Once a year I have visited to Onsen village with my best friend from Tokyo.
We decided Kansai Area this year. It says Arima Onsen  is Karuizawa (summer resort in Kansai)
This onsen contains mineral so Muddy brown color like a Miso soup.
From Kyoto station it takes only one hour and half. 
From Kyoto to Sannomiya Kobe 

Most important thing Delicious cusine
Practice my Camera D700


Enjoy my OMOTENASHI (Hospitality)

We will plant to visit IYA Onsen in Tokushima Prefecture 秘湯 secluded hot spring spot.

Happy winter holiday!

Say goodbye to year 2013 and welcome a brand new year 2014!!

Day trip to Onomichi

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima HANA Hostel. Its Kana here.
Can you believe that there are ony 14days left to new year!? I AM NOT READY FOR NEW YEAR yet...but can't be helped....

ANYWAY, let me introduce you one of beautiful city in Hiroshima. It is called ONOMICHI.
If you have JR pass then take shinkansen which takes 40 minutes, if you don't, take local train which takes 1and half hours.

Onomichi is flourished as town of sea port. Also known for its beautiful old town.
There are many exciting activities such as walking along the cycling road where it stretches 70km long, visiting art museums, art galleries, movie archives or location.

Onomichi is famous for RAMEN(noodle). There are many diferent Ramen restaurant all over Onomichi . You will have to wait at least 1 hour for popular restaurant, but it worth it.


Also many temples and beautiful ocean view from top of hill. Good exercise after Ramen!


You will see many statures on the way to the top which has poem written by Japanese famous author.


 I strongly recommend Onomichi for day trip from Hiroshima, enjoy good old days of Japan, Ramen and any kinds of activities!

Hiroshima Oyster Road

Hi this is Haya from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
I went to “Kakigoya” the other day to have oysters. Hiroshima has 60% shares of all oysters farming in Japan. Hiroshima also promotes local production for local consumption, so we can have oysters at a reasonable price.This Hiroshima oyster road is located in the middle of Hiroshima Minato Park next to the Hiroshima port.
 To get to Hiroshima port, take No.5 tram all the way to the end of the line. Hiroshima Oyster Road is in the middle of Hiroshima Minato Park which is next to the Hiroshima port. 

Hiroshima Hana Hostel is just a few minutes walk from Hiroshima Station South Exit.