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!!

skin-whitening!!



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

Summer has come!!!It's getting so hot everyday...mmm
The sun will be stronger, the air will be more humid in August
I haven't really cared the sun or “skin-whitening.”sofar.
But now I'm 29 and I noticed that I HAVE TO care about it for my future.

If you are traveling in Japan now or been to Japan before in summer.
Have you seen the women with parasols, long-sleeve shirts or even gloves to protect their skin from UV rays??
In Japan, white skin has been praised as a symbol of beauty for a long time.
That's why many Japanese women  try to keep their skin white.

I went to Okinawa last month and got a suntan though.
But now I have a strong determination to keep my skin white!!!

Does anybady know the cream or good skin care??






you can but them at 100yen shop!!I will go and get them now!!



Abare Festival

Hi from Meg.
I've been to Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa for Abare Festival.
The festival held over 2 days in the town of Ushitsu and has been running 350 years.

My friend in Tokyo and I always say "see you at the festival" 
every time when we meet and leave. 
Finally here we are at the festival!

The festival is very popular with locals.
All locals participate this festival and it is a chance to get drunk all day and 
be violently crazy in the name of culture and tradition.
Visitors can see Kiriko and Mikoshi floats being carried through the streets.
Kiriko is about 7 meters tall and extremely heavy lanterns carried by up to 30 people.
Mikoshi is a wooden portable shrines but also heavy.
We were asked to join Kiriko carrying and of cause we were in!!
We got Matsuri costumes from locals and we were cheering "yassa!" chants and 
carrying Kiriko through the streets at the first night.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the second night, we enjoyed watching them.
The second night was more energetic.
Mikoshi joined second night, chanting, parading and damaging it 
as best as they can until midnight. 
We could not believe that we have never seen people are damaging Mikoshi. 
It is a portable shrine!!  

OMG, men throwed Mikoshi into the river, jumped in after it 
and continued chanting under a large burning torch as the sparks 
and ashes fall onto them below. 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally they took Mikoshi to the main shrine and concluded around 4am following morning.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a great, crazy Matsuri with local people and the most fierce festival 
that I've ever seen.
I'm sure I'm going to join them again next year!!


Yodogawa fireworks!

We will have Yodogawa fireworks festival on the 9th of August.
It's one of the biggest foreworks festival in Osaka.

Fireworks will be set off from 7:50pm to 8:40pm.
It's close to Jyuso station of Hankyu line.

It will be really beautiful!
But must be crowded so be careful!


How beautiful Big Buddha is!!!!!!


Hello. I would like to run away from Japan. Why??

Because... It's toooooooo hot and wet in here!!!!

I am almost passing over everyday. It's a too rough season for me.

I don't like summer at all...


How's going your days? I'm Mayu from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

I was exciting on last weekend!! 

Because, I went to Nara to see the Big Buddha!!!

I love him very much. I've been in love with him for 8 years.

Have you seen him?? This is the Big Buddha in Nara!!





How cool he is!! Don't you think so??

He's height is 17m. He has awesome atmosphere!!

He was made more than 1200 years ago.

But he still has a spark to people.




This place is "NIGATSU-DOU" in Toudaiji.

It's my favorite place in Nara. If you be there,

You can look down at Nara city. It's really calm and beautiful.

I recommend you to go there on sun set time.

It should be unforgettable view for you!!!




And also, You should have a look the big gate.

It's called  "NANDAIMON".  There is so big statue of 

guardians of the temple. They are really cool!!!


I love Nara and Big Buddha very much!!!

I'm sure that I'll go there in half year again☆☆

J-Stay's BBQ: First collaborated event with Expo House BBQ @Matsuo Bridge!

This is Kimy from J-Stay

In Kyoto it was said that Rainy season finished after Guion Festival, one of the three biggest events. 

Speaking of Summer, it is BBQ!
So last Saturday J-Stay organized BBQ party with Expo house that another share house agency in Kyoto under Matsuo Bridge! 
BBQ party in last summer was the first time for us. 40 guests enjoyed our BBQ. 
So J-stay and Expo House, our intention was making new atmosphere share house community in Kyoto.
 

Yum yum! First Yakisoba


Our BBQ masters


WE are BBQ organizers!
Our guest from South Africa who is BBQ's ice breaker
BBQ is the easy way to have good conversation with new people.
According to weather report all day was rainy a& windy day. But we were sure it would be better.  :)


Good smile


It was raining but did not matter for us!





 

We have game for Free J-hoppers accommodation ticket.
  Our guests come from South Africa, Venezuela, Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, Iran, Taiwan, France. They were making good harmony there. We hope this new friendship makes kind of new sharehouse community!



See you next time!



Summer greeting card!


Hello. I'm Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse.


It's been very hot and humid these days...!! Is everyone doing ok?
I'm very worried about whether my friends are ok or not from the summer heat, so I've decided to send a post card to them to ask how they are doing during this summer.


In Japan, there is a custom of sending a post card (summer greeting card) to family, friends and former teachers to ask their health in summer heat.


SNS is often chosen as a convenient communication tool today, so sending summer greeting card is not as popular as before, but I think it is good opportunity to show one's care for someone important.


I've already bought some.
Here are what I found for this year!!








If you are traveling in Japan, why don't you send a summer greeting card to your family and friends in your country?
It would be great opportunity to introduce them about Japanese seasonal tradition and you can let them know how you are spending summer in Japan as well!!



New roof for outside!

We have a stairs outside from the 1st to the 2nd floor.
This stairs was flooded with water on rainly day.
Old roof covers it, however it has small wholes and rain go through it.

Finally we repaired this roof!

This is a frame to set up roof.


 Amazing, right? :)

 
We are very happy and satisfyed this roof!!!
Arigato-gozaimasu!!

Mt. Ontake!!

Hello, this is moco* from J-hoppers Hida Takayama Guesthouse!!

I went climbing Mt. Ontake.

We have some mountain that is over 3,000m high near Takayama.

Mt. Ontake is one of the sacred mountains in Japan.


















I could see some alpine plants.

They are so small and cute!!



















The season for climbing mountain has just started.

We walked on the snow...it was bit scared.

Luckily, I met a "Grouse" on the walking trail.

 

















Finally, we got top of the mountain after 4 hours.

Most of the lakes were still frozen...it was 4℃!!

The weather in the mountain changed many times,

sunny, raining, thunder and snow...!!



















So I could enjoy beautiful snow scenery,

sunset, thousands of stars with milky way.



















I stayed at the mountain hat is called "Gonoike-goya",

located on the top of Mt. Ontake.

Their meals are all hand made!!

I recommend you to have "Pizza" there.

Next morning, I enjoyed panoramic sunrise view!!

























After that, we tried another top of the mountain

through hell's mountain of needles.




















I hope you have chance to have climbing mountain here.

Enjoy your summer!!