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!!

Hiroshima home team [CARP]


Do you have any home team for baseball?

We have a CARP in Hiroshima:)

It's starting a game season now.

We wish that CARP is going to be champion this year!!!!


You can enjoy the game at Mazda studium.

It's just 3 minutes from Hiroshima Station:)




Have you heard of hammered dulcimer?
The hammered dulcimer is a pecussion instrument and stringed instrument with the strings typically stretched over atrapezoidal sounding board.

There is the hammered dulcimer and the guitar live on the 9th of April at LOG cafe&bar.
Yuichi fujisawa and Kai petite play those instruments.

I've heard their play was so cool and wonderful!!
If you have a time,I highly recommend the event:-)

Place:LOG cafe and bar


Hello. This is Hiro from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

It’s getting warmer in Japan these days. I think now is the best season for sightseeing!!

Have you ever tried SAKE? Or do you like SAKE?
If so, please come to Hiroshima to try the best SAKE! There is famous city for SAKE in Hiroshima called Saijo. Saijo has eight breweries, seven of which are concentrated along Sake Brewery Street.
You can taste some SAKE at each breweries!!

I went there last week and I enjoyed a lot!
You should go Saijo once!!!!

Japan’s Machu Picchu -- Takeda Castle Ruins

When I was about 6 years olds, I watched a Japanese animation called Laputa, which is one of my favorite animation from Japan.  I wondered if there is any castle on the cloud exists in the real world.  If it exists, I would love to visit it one day in my life.  My colleague  recommended me Takada Castle which also has a name called Japan’s Machu Picchu.  I searched it on the web and it looks stunning like Laputa.  Luckily, chance came with a tour job last week!

Takeda castle was built over 500 years old and constructed on the mountain at 353 meters of altitude, is one of the one hundred famous castles in Japan.  The stones that you can see from the photos are in the original shape and from.  We need to move by a big step every time but the rocks are very sturdy.  The experience is interesting and reminds me the experience of climbing up the great wall in Beijing, China.

If you are interested in the history of the Takeda Castle ruins, please refer to the page here:

To access to the castle, please take the JR train and get off at JR Takeda Station and take the mountain road by the south.  It takes about 1 hour to reach the top of the castle.  The castle is in Hyoga prefecture and close to a famous onsen called Kinosaki onsen as well.  Wanna enjoy the country side of Japan and visit Japan’ Machu Picchu?  I highly recommend Takeda Castle ruins!!

P.S.  For visitors who are interested to see the ukai (the seat of clouds), please visit it in autumn.  Please refer to the information here:

Sakura information

Sakura is one of spring features

You can see  Sakura everywhere across Japan

It will be full bloom in Takayama around middle April.

Sakura forecast

I will introduce you 3 good spots for Sakura in Tokai area.

1 Okazak castle park (Okazaki city Aichi Prefecuture)  Okazaki park
This is one of best spots for Sakura and more than 1000 sakura trees. It is light up in night during this time

2 Nagoya castle (Nagoya city Aichi Prefecuture) Nagoya castle

This is also one of best spots for Sakura and more than 1000 sakura trees.

3 Tsurumai  Park  (Nagoya city Aichi Prefecuture)

Next week is best time  to see sakura  in Aichi

Even if you come to Japan later April, you have still chances to see Sakura up north

Please check the Sakura forecast before you see.

 100 sakura sights across Japan

Bari-kata ramen

I went to Kyushu this month, and Hakata ramen was of course on my checklist. I had very limited knowledge about Hakata ramen, and all I knew was that it featured pork bone soup base and that it was customary to order extra noodles by paying 100 or 150 yen, rather deciding up front whether you wanted regular portion (namimori) or big portion (oomori). I think I prefer this setup as I tend to overestimate my stomach's capacity. At every ramen place I visited during my stay in Fukuoka, the moment I handed over the ramen ticket to the waiter, he or she would immediately ask me how hard I wanted the noodles to be. A Fukuoka ramen expert told me to go for "bari-kata", or "very hard". In Hakata dialect, "bari" means very, and its pronunciation is similar to "very" in English, so I suspect we may trace its origins back to this English word. Just a wild guess though.

Later on, I  learned that there are even harder options like "Harigane"and "Konaotoshi", which I didn't have chance to try this time. It would seem that Hakata people's passion for hardness go far beyond my expectations.

Kyushu-bullet trip

Hello!! This is Keith working J-hoppers Hida Takayama.

I went to 3days Kyushu ballet trip to meet up with my friends who mat in Canada.

It was my second time visiting Fukuoka and first time Kumamoto and Nagasaki.

The Chinese lantern festival was taking place at Nagasaki when I visited there as it was Chinese new years priod.

It was amazingly beautiful, and I really enjoyed variety of Chinese cuisine.

Second day, we went to Kurokawa Onsen.

It's located deep mountain and surrounded lots of natures.

There are so many onsens and one of them(I forgot name,,,) is located by the river was fantastic!!

It was perfect location I've ever visited. I felt it is much better than Hirayu Onsen.

And last day we visited Mt, Aso.

It is one of the place I would like to visited.

Unfortunately we didn't get hiking as didn't have enough time, but could see wonderful view from almost top of that.

If you haven't been there, you should, it definitely worth it!!

New spot in Kyoto Shogunzuka " Kou An Light tea house"

Time flies as arrow. Spring is coming.
Day by day Kyoto will be full tourist for Sakura. Day by day Kyoto will be full of tourist for Sakura.
According to the weather report Sakura is blooming from the 28th March.

Access is from Keage station it takes half hour on foot or taxi. 
Before tea lesson we went to Shogunzuka to have a look glass tea house which designed Tokujin Yoshioka.
Here is the link.
Because the view point has beautiful observatory.
This house made of glass.

His explanation
Japanese conception of nature is often characterized by its distinctive spacial perception involves the sensory realization of the surrounding atmosphere through what may be described as signs of energies or aura. 

In A.D.794, A Japanese emperor at the time visited Shogunzuka and he was convinced that  Kyoto would be a right place to be a capital of Japan and started constructing the capital. 
Nice view from the top 

My friend of tea lessosn 

Let's enjyou our spring!

Eel Fish Kinshidon !

Why not try eel fish in Kyoto?
Recently I went to an eel rich restaurant, by sitting on the counter you can watch the whole process of how the cuisine is done.
First, the chef fired the eggs to flat pieces, and cut them into very skinny pieces just like yarn. At the same time another chef grilled eels with charcoals. After the eggs was done, the chef mixed freshly steamed rice with eel sauce and sesame. Then put eels on the rice in bowl, and put the egg yarn on the top. It took more than 40 minutes before the dishes was done, but I felt like just watched an artful performance!
The restaurant is so popular that I tried three times and finally made the reservation successfully. If you want to try too, better make a reservation first.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine :)

The other day I went to Kitano Tenmangu shrine to see plum blossoms.

The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine built in the northwest section of Kyoto over 1000 years ago. The shrine was built by the emperor of the time in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period as well as for the peace of the nation. Ever since, the imperial family, nobles, samurais and commoners alike all visit the shrine to worship.
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the very first shrine in Japanese history where an actual person was enshrined as a deity. He is best known for being the “god of academics.” Sugawara no Michizane is a historical figure and his superior talent is what led to the dissemination of the “Tenjin faith” throughout Japan. There are as many as 12,000 shrines that are dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane in Japan, but the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the origin and the main shrine. To this day, many students that pray for passing scores on examinations and persons who wish for the improvement of their abilities come here to visit.
Also this shrine has many different kind of plum trees within the area. These start blooming the end of February. In old days people thought plum bloom signed the beginning of spring.

So there I was. To feel the beginning of spring I went and it was really nice to chill out !
Because of weekday I went so there was less people, I could spend time as long as I want.
It was really nice way to spend my day off :)
Plum blossoms were full blooming on that day. How I was lucky ! It was just just beautiful.

After visiting shrine, I went to a Japanese traditional confectionery shop to try traditional dango.
Dango are Japanese dumplings that are similar to rice cake. They are served on sticks of three or four.
This shop is very famous shop between Japanese tourists and most them are visiting when they are here. The reason why they are famous is their "mochi" which is rice cake. Usually it is made by special rice for it but this one is made by millet. So the taste is simple and tasty. Staff constantly are making all day so anytime you can have best fresh one.
To be honest, I am not big fan of anything sweet but this one made me smile. It was not as sweet as other traditional Japanese sweets.
It was great to try !

If you are around here, especially in spring it might be good idea to visit around here :)

Thank you for reading through :) See you next time !

Kurokawa hot spring in Kumamoto!!

I and my family went to Kurokawa hot spring in Kumamoto which is one of the most popular
hot spring among women in Japan.

These days travel around Japan became much easier than before.
Before we have LCC in Japan, traveling Japan using flight was so expensive.
(maybe more expensive than going to abroad)

This time, I got a flight ticket from Kumamoto to Osaka only 990yen!!

So I could use money for good ryokan and delicious food there :)

Actually, there is Mt. Aso on the way to go back to the airport but it was heavy rain only that day...
We almost couldn't do any activity or sightseeing but enjoyed so much Kurokawa hot spring and
trip with my family :)

Trip to Myanmar

Hello !!
This is Haru from Osaka Hana Hostel : )

I got a long holiday so I've been to Myanmar for 6days short trip.

Myanmar was a country which is hard to travel for tourists since they had a kind of an isolationist policy until 2011.
Just recently they have opened a country to tourists.

Myanmar is Buddhist sanctuary,so there are a lot of Pagoda to pray.


Old Bagan

 Old Bagan


Inle lake

 Inle lake / Inn Dein

Food is a bit oily but taste is good : )
People are so so so kind and they give us selfless warmth.

Someday, I would love to go on a trip to Myanmar again!!!!!

Thank you so much for reading.

A Cafe in Kyoto

Hello, this is Kotaro from Hana Hostel Kyoto.

Me and my colleague went to cafe yesterday :)

It's located nearby Nijo-Castle (a bit hard to find from there though)
Called Clump...

After entering that cafe, we saw a big roast machine there.
Coffee beans were being roasted right next to us and it smelled really really goooood :)))
(Forgot to take a picture.... Sorry)

I took a cup of coffee and a muffin.

Quote: One of the great joys in life is coffee and good conversation...


It's getting warmer in Kyoto recently.
I want to go find other good places to show our guests :))

Coffee journey is going on too.

I had really good day off $v$

KIJI, the national bird of Japan

Hello, this is Yui from Kyoto Hana Hostel.

When I woke up yesterday I found the beautiful bird in the garden.
As I was surprised,  I was watching it almost 1 hour in pajamas.
I was excited so I called mom and text my friends about this.
After that I googled it and it was green pheasant(KIJI), the national bird of Japan!

Green pheasant(KIJI) also known as the bird in MOMOTARO, the Japanese old story.
So I wanted to go to Onigashima, island of demons take him with!!!

If you could find them, you might be abele to go to Onigashima:p