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!!

Fugu~~!!

Hi, this is Nana from Hakata!
The weather finally gets nice and I feel so comfortable today.
I wish the weather stays like this forever, but I'm already feeling that summer is coming very soon...
One of our guests already got sunburn... Oh, no... I am not ready for hot summer yet!!!!

Last week, I went to Shimonoseki.
There is a fish market called Karato Ichiba which is about 15 to 20 minutes from Shimonoseki station.




On the weekend there are some events. The day I went, there was Sushi sale going on.
Very fresh sushi were sold for good deal.
I had some sushi and fried Fugu (locals call it Fuku).

After I enjoyed my lunch, I wen to the place I always wanted to go: Hinoyama Park!
I did not think the park was that high!! From the top of the park, the view of city and Kanmon Straits was so beautiful!






From Hakata, You can take both JR train or buss to get to Shimonoseki, takes about one and 40 minutes to two hours.

Live and Let Die

Hi there, this is Yukari from Kyoto Hana Hostel.



Do you know what is the best part of working in the hostel?

I'll tell you, it's ...



Cleaning!



This is how we clean for the reference :p











What is meant by “Hana yori dango”?




Hello! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
As you know, Japanese people love Sakura (cherry blossom) .
I am also one of them.
(Not only Japanese but also a lot of foreign people come to Japan to see them in Spring.)

Since I was NOT in Japan last year, I was looking forward to seeing them very much.

This year I went to many parks to see Sakura and every time I took pictures of them and every time I had Dango (Dumplings) there.
Then my mother and my friend said ` You are Hana yori Dango !`
It means I am a person who enjoy the eating rather than the cherry blossom viewing.....

Sadly, the season of Sakura already has gone in Hiroshima...They were absolutely amazing !
I am looking forward to seeing them NEXT SPRING !



Sakura Mochi 
(Rice cake wrapped with Sakura leaves)
I made it last week with the leaves we can see now on the Sakura tree branch:)





Furano in Hokkaido!!

Konnichiwa!!
I'm Nao(kanchan) from Osaka Hana Hostel :)


I went to Furano in Hokkaido 2weeks ago.
It was so fun to go to secret hot spring and enjoyed delicious food.























Furano is getting famous for foreigner, too.
The best season is Summer!!!
You can see beautiful color of nature everywhere.


There are also so many activities you can enjoy such as rafting, canoeing, air ballooning and fishing!!
You never get bored there :)



Are you otaku?

Do you know about otaku?
Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime, video games and manga fandom.

Nowadays Japanese anime is popular over the world such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, Gundam, Evangelion, Attack on Titan etc...

So otaku culture became world famous and many otaku people over the world come to Japan.

If you are otaku and come to Osaka, you should visit  "Den-Den Town"
 "Den-Den Town," Nipponbashi is known for its many shops which specialize in furniture, tools, and "otaku" interests such as electronics, animation, manga, and collectibles. Nipponbashi is often compared to Akihabara Electric Town, its equivalent (in terms of focus) in Tokyo.

And I recommend the store called "sofmap zaurus1".



It's a huge store that have varieties of action figures and plastic models.
 This is a paradise for otaku!!





And it's all TAX FREE!!!



Their business hour is 11am~8pm.
It's walking distance from Namba station.

Check their website here!
http://www.sofmap.com/tenpo/topics/exec/_/id=shop/-/sid=nanba_1

Tateyama kurobe alpine route open!!

I went to Tateyama kurobe alpine route








It takes 3hours drive from Takayama to Tateyama  which is a starting poing of  Kurobe Alpine route. You can go from both sides (Tateyama or Ogizawa)


Route is known as the Roof of Japan. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.


It was open 3 days ago.I went there with our guests.

It was sunny day so that we could take nice photos.

The highlight of this trip was snow wall in Murodo on top of the moutains.

The height is 19m.It was amazing!!

You can see this snow wall until June.

Kurone Alpine route is open until Novemer.

yachimun!!

Hello, this is Nao from Q-beh.

I just came back from my vacation for 9days.
I visited Tokyo and Okinawa for my trip this time.
Most of the days were rainy though, I really had an awesome time.
 
Shisa:D Okinawan lion statues
 
In Okinawa, it was one of my purposes to buy "Yachimun" pottery.
Yachimun is Okinawan traditional pottery.
I was impressed with Yachimun when I visited Okinawa last year.
 
Yachimun master!!
 
There are many pottery studios at "Yachimun no Sato" in Yomitan Village and also at "Yachimun Street" in Naha City. 
Each studios has typical design.
So it's fun to find your own favorite studios there:)
 
Even though they have been keeping the traditional way of making Yachimun, it seems the design is matched with the generation. So it's getting popular among young people!!


I've got two lovely souvenirs for myself.
Every time I use them, they will remind me of many nice memories in Okinawa:)
 

New staff

Hello! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima:)
 
These days we have a NEW staff member at Hana hostel.
His name is RYOU and he comes from Sendai (Miyagi prefecture).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
He will stay at Hana about one month as a free accomodation staff.
Free accommodation staff means that Ryou helps us to make your stay at Hana a remarkable and fun experience and for that he can call Hana his home. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
He is having the cheering goods of the Carps in the picture, but actually he really loves football (for our American guests: soccer ;)). 
Ryou has even visited Brazil to attend a World Cup game! And he has been a backpacker, visiting 28 countries. 
 
Ryou can only be in Hiroshima for a month, but we hope he will like Hiroshima and we will have a great time together!

I had wild bear meat.....!!

Have you tried wild bear meat???

There is a restaurant named "Takachiyo"

It is located in Gokayama (between Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa)

and the owner is animal hunter!

So you can try some kind of rare meat.

You can see the menu...wild bear, wild bore,

wild pheasant...and so on...!


















I ordered "Wild Bear Sashimi" and "Wild Bear Hot Pot"

Sashimi was chilled meat, when I put it in my mouth,

it smelled like nuts, because bear has nuts a lot!!



















Wild bear hot pot was sooo yummy!!

It was bit chewy, but didn't smell at all.

You can try local tofu is called "Gokayama-Dofu" as well.

It is harder than normal one and very filling.

After Hot pot, you can order "Zosui" (Rice Soup)

It makes you warm!!!!!!

I had a great time there with locals.

"Takachiyo" 

They have English menu!!



Japanese Style Wedding Ceremony

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here.
Did you enjoy Sakura in Japan?
Unfortunately weather was not good in Hiroshima, so Sakura couldn't last long here...But still was so beautiful as you can see the attached photo.


Have you ever seen Japanese traditional style wedding ceremony?
I attended to it last week for one of my best friend in Fukuoka. She got married to the man from France.

This is a Shinto wedding, held at a shrine... In this setting, the bride is usually dressed head-to-toe in white.
Should you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Shinto wedding procession passing by, you might even think you have been transported back in time!

 
 Both family wore Japanese traditional Kimono for wedding and it was just so awesome.


All the family from France left comment on their kimono which is

”Can't breathe.!”

Please try beautiful Kimono in Japan when you visit here! There are some place where you can rental it!

お花見 Cherry Blossom in Nagoya Castle


While Cherry blossom in Takayama (usually 2 weeks later than other kansai area) is approaching us, I took a chance to visit my old friend in Nagoya and the Nagoya Castle in late March.  Luckily, it was a perfect day to see the sakura in pale pink with the super clear sky.  The castle has 7th floors and there is an elevator to reach 5th floor and the views from the observation point is amazing.  Don’t miss it!  In the cherry blossom days, Nagoya Castle has celebrations with street performances and also traditional Japanese food stalls.  During weekends, it was so crowded to take a picture without tourists!!!  After all, I still enjoy my first hanami in 2015.  However, Nagoya not only has the castle but also a number of yummy cuisine.  I especially love trying the food with limited edition (期間限定) for instance, the crème puff with cookies and cream, Sakura chocolate drink, strawberry pie etc.  Nagoya is just about 2.5 hours bus ride from Takayama and it is definitely a nice city to visit during day off!!





Sakura ... i hate it but i love it

Hi everyone it's Saori from Gion Ryokan Q-beh.

Spring has sprung ! Cherry blossoms put Kyoto into a good mood. People see sakura as festive, nostalgic, aesthetically pleasing or simply a good excuse for a party. Everyone wants to be out under the trees and take pictures of the fleeting beauty of the blossoms.

I hung out with my friend from Malaysia yesterday to enjoy sakura trees at Philosopher's Path which is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of the city. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.
 

It was PACKED. Literally "packed".
 
It was so crowded that it took us a while just to find each other. We heard different languages and camera shutter sounds all around us. It was no longer a quiet path that a philosopher can take a walk and contemplate.

Please don't get me wrong, the path looked still  with fully bloomed beautiful sakura. It was just a bit too crowded to appreciate the blossoms as much.

 
Luckily, I suddenly remembered about a secret path with sakura trees only some locals know while we were having ramen after we turned into a side street. It wasn't too far from Philosopher's Path. I am not going to tell you where exactly it is because I'd like to preserve some nice places for local people to enjoy..

The petals of sakura flowers were swirling around just like snow flakes. I felt like I was day dreaming. I think I love sakura and early spring despite the crowd after all...