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!!

New restaurant information 2015 Summer.

① Ramen Miyagawa Ibuki

It is special collaboration "Miyagawa Chuka" and " Menya Ibuki"

Both two are very popular Ramen restaurants for locals.  

10:00-16:00 (Closed on Tuesday)




















② Toshi Ten (Fugu and Tenpura)

It is in "Dekonaru Yokocho (Yatai-mura)",

Free- Wi-Fi and free Charger available
(Only Japanese plug adapter though)

17:00-23:00

You can enjoy seasonable Veggie tempura,
just 1,000 yen ( 6 kinds of Veggie Tenpura set)

I hardly recommended to have Fugu Tenpura
(See the picture!)
 


Japanese Tea Stand

Hi there.
I have accidentally found this tea stand recently.
I don't know any other tea stand even in Kyoto where the tea ceremony was born.
The stand opened last December and now they are preparing English menu.
They have many kinds of tea, you can customize and take away like a coffee stand.

Green smoothie is very popular in recent years but I got green TEA smoothie this time!
The smoothie contains tea leaves, pineapple, honey and coconut water.
That sounds weird combination though it tastes really good.
You tastes the sweetness first (not too sweet) and then the tea flavor come after.
It is very refreshing and nice to have it in this season.





tea channel TERAMACHI
Address 266-2, Shikibu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8061

Along "Takoyakushi" street, between "Teramachi" street and "Gokomachi" street


Opening hours Wed. to Sun.  10am - 8pm

Mon.  12pm - 8pm

Tue.  Closed 

http://tea-channel.jp/en/





Oktoberfest in Osaka!

We have Oktoberfest at Umeda Skybuikding now!
It's untill the 30tth of August (Sun)
Weekday/ 5PM to 10PM
Weekend/11AM to 10PM

I orderd cassis beer, was pretty good:)

Enjoy rest of summer!

ICE CREAM!!

Hi! It is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Summer is almost over here in Hiroshima.
However, it is still hot ….
I still need to put sunscreen when I go out.
And one more! I need ice cream when it is hot day.
Have you ever tried ice cream in Japan?
Please let me introduce about my favorite ice cream!

< Aisu-no-mi (アイスの実) >
It is a small sherbet ball. Each ball looks like a little berry.
Aisu-no-mi have different color and flavors.
(Ex. Peaches, Grapes, Kiwis, Bananas… etc)
Since it is bite-size, it is easy to eat.
You can find it at convenience stores and supermarkets.


















<Gatsun-to-mikan (ガツンとみかん)>
You probably will be surprised when you open the packaging bag.
It contains REAL mikan (mandarin) !
Usually I do not like big ice creams because I get headache from the ice…. 
However, this one is an exception for me.I can eat the whole of this easily!
If you have this once, you will be a fan of this ice cream.
















                Not only these but also chocolate or vanilla ice cream you can get at a cheap price!

Why don’t you try Japanese ice cream once?


Attack on Titan

Do you know Attack on Titan?
It's title of  manga comics and now is really big in Japan and also all over the world.
I don't really read manga but after I started to read it, I couldn't stop reading and couldn't sleep lol

It's really big in Japan.
Universal Studio Japan had a the attraction for it.
The features a full-size, 15-meter (about 49-foot) Eren Titan — the first of its kind in the world, according to the theme park — as well as a 14-meter (46-foot) female Titan. Visitor can witness the Titans locked in fierce combat from the perspective of Survey Corps members.
(Sorry, now it's finished.)




And now even Attack on Titan film is out!





They became even face pack!!!




Japan is really crazy about it :D



Tenkawa Village in Nara

I went to village of Tenkawa known as a hidden historic spot in Nara.
The village is registered as a World Heritage!
Tenkawa Village is particularly known for water, which says a lot, considering the abundance of water in Japan.
The area contains a cluster of Dorogawa springs known as "gorogoro water," which literally means "rumbling water."

I and my friend walked through the forest about 11km head to Dorogawa hot spring.
It was not a easy way to get there but so beautiful spots are all around!!

The area has become popular among young people as spot for spiritual moorings.




 


be careful of bears

This year is crazy . I have kept hearing that bears appeared in  Takayama.

So some parks in Takayama were closed due to bears.

I  saw a bear outside of Takayama when I was driving   last month.

The bear is small kid and I was in my car so I did not get scared.

I would have got scared if I saw him on foot.


One reason is  that they do not have enough foods in mountains so they come to town to eat rubbish.

As you might know if you go to Japanese mountains ,please take a bell with you to keep away from bears.


I saw this bear.











Fireworks!!!!!

Hi this is Mami;)
I went to the Chikugogawa fireworks festival in Kurume in Fukuoka prefecture!!
They were very beautiful!!!!!!!!
I heard that about 450,000 people were there!!!!!

If you visit here in Fukuoka next month, you should go to Kashii fireworks on September 5th in Kashii!!!!!!




My Kyoto

Today is exactly one year since I moved to Kyoto and started working at J-Hoppers.
To be honest I didn’t want to live in Kyoto that time. For me it was just a big tourist place, which is incredibly hot in summer. Which is, actually, true.
But after one year spent here I can say that I am lucky. I was lucky to enjoy Japanese momiji in a small rock garden not far from Tofukuji, Komyoin. On my own, with no people around. Just red maple leaves, rocks and sounds of stream. Discovering Kyoto by bike was even more exciting. Somehow this city preserved purity and beauty of nature in particular its northern part around Kurama and Kibune.
Spring in Kyoto gave me a charming evening walk along Shirakawa in cherry blossom. I was amazed by just married couples, which were making their wedding photo shoots in tuxedo and white dresses under sakura trees.

Humid and hot Kyoto summer I spent in Nanzenji with its green spacious park and amazing huge gates and sometimes drinking coffee at Kamo riverside near Shijo bridge with couples sitting every 3-5 meters along the river.
My winter in Kyoto was incredibly cold. Even oden and cocoa could not help. By the beginning of January I was stressed and tired, but Kyoto gave me another gift. When I woke up on 1 January and look through my window outside, the entire city was white. Snow covered streets and roofs of old temples. And it was so magical! In my memories Silver pavilion will always be covered with snow!

This city gave me so many memories. Some of them are very intimate like in Shimogamo shrine, which I hope will be special for me and one more person I love. Some of them are sad, like starbucks not far from home where I was hiding from winter cold with a book. Some of them are awkward, those I am not going to disclose now.

Kyoto is a great place. Every time I come back from somewhere and walk from Kyoto station through Honganji temples a feel this amazing smell of wood and Buddhist candles. And it makes me feel home.

Lantern festival

Hello! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana.

As you know, this year is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On August 6th, I went to the peace park to join the lantern festival in the evening. It’s called lantern festival because people let lanterns float in the river to remember the victims of the bombings. It was the first time for me to go there.

We arrived around 8pm, but there were SO many people all around the Motoyasu river. And there was a LONG line of people waiting to buy the lantern.....So I gave up to buy one and put it in the water, but at least I could see the beautiful lanterns floating down the river and the candles around the A-bomb dome.

Now the remaining victims of the bomb are well over 70 years old. Therefore young people should not forget the history and continue to pray for peace. Even I am not a fan of big crowds, I was glad that so many people from so many different countries visited the anniversary festivities.




We have bookmarks with messages of peace which are written by schoolchildren from Hiroshima at the reception.
When you stay at Hana, please reply to them!:)
















Thoughts about 70th Anniversary: Nuclear Bomb

 Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here.
The temperature at the day time  is CRAZY these days. I almost got heat stroke  while I am working. All of sudden, i felt sick and couldn't stand still...
Please drink a lot of water while you are out in the day time to avoid getting heat stroke..Don't underestimate heat stroke...

August 6th is the most important day in Hiroshima.
2015 August 6 is 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.
I was born, and grown up in Hiroshima,my grand parents are survivor of atomic bomb. Every year of this day makes me think a lot. 
Everybody has different aspect of opinion about world war second so I am not gonna talk about it much.
What I want to share with everyone is...

We got a call from lady on the other day. She said

" I made a lot of small bag from my Kimono for the people who will be coming on Aug 6th to pray for peace with us. Could you give them for free?"


She brought 60 of them with handwriting letter for all those bags. 


She lives in Osaki Kamijima(大崎上島), it's a small Island near Hiroshima, but it takes at least few hours to get Hiroshima from where she lives.
I was so impressed with her and couldn't thank her more. All the guest who came back to the hostel after peace park them seemed little depressed but when received this beautiful hand made bag, the bag made their face back to smile.

Thanks again to her and people came to Hiroshima to pray for peace.

My first Seishun 18 Trip 第一次的青春18之旅


Before coming to Japan, I had searched numerous information regarding budget travel in Japan.  Seishun 18 Tickets青春18’ always comes up on the web. JR train company offers a budget train ticket set twice a year during summer and winter which everyone (regardless of the age) can buy 5 train tickets to travel unlimitedly on the normal and rapid trains for only 11,850 yen.

My colleagues who are passionate about traveling went traveling by 18 tickets last year both in summer and winter.  I was amazed with the ideas of visiting a new place far away by train and at the same time enjoying the beautiful scenery while enjoy music or train bento.  Then, chance comes last month.  I went on my first Seishun 18 trip!!!

By searching the recommended route online, I chose to travel like this:
Kyoto(Gion Matsuri)->Tottori Sand Dunes->Kinosaki Onsen -> Kyoto
Gion matsuri is the three of major festivals in Kyoto.  Thanks to my lovely colleague Saorin, I was dressed in yukata(summer dress in Japan) to enjoy my first day in Kyoto.  





My second day in Tottori is a super hot day.  I went up to the sand dunes under the sun and the temperature is around 34 degrees.  The sand dunes look like a real desert to me. 
I love hotspring in Japan and Kinosaki onsen is one the onsen that I am longing for visiting in Japan.  While heading to Kyoto, I stopped there for 3 hours to enjoy the onsen and the local cuisine.  The quality of the onsen is as good as I expected and the sushi rice with zuwai crab is so yummy !!! I have decided to visit Kinosaki onsen again in winter to try the famous matsuba crab.






It is a wonderful journey to travel by train and I indulge in the stunning scenery especially the train ride along the Japan Sea.  After the trip, I am totally recharged for my work again.  How about saving more money again and prepare for my next journey? :P
                                



Bestest Japanese sweets cafe ever!

We have a cleaning staff who is also a Japanese confectionery maker.
(what  varied staffs we have!!)

And he recommended me one Japanese sweets cafe called "Housen"(宝泉)
They are specialized in making sweet beans know as Anko (餡子), and cafe menus are mostly ones with it and mattcha of course for drink menu:)

It was WAY TOO DELICIOUS, and we were even touched and almost crying.
The atmosphere is also sophisticated an so peaceful, traditional Japanese style with garden view.

It is a little bit far from all the common sightseeing spots,but it's totally worth it,
and it's absolutely recommended especially for who love sweets and like to stay a little bit quite after the hectic sightseeing time.




Lovely gift from a guest

Hi, this is Nao from Kyoto Hana Hostel!

I received a very lovely gift from a guest in Australia last month.


I met the guest when I used to work as a Q-beh's staff.

The paper became a girl with Q-beh's costume:)
You can see her at Kyoto Hana's living room!
I received Q-beh boy as well.
He is in Q-beh!!


This yukata girl is for myself.

I was so happy to receive the gift.
I really love my job:)