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!!

Me llmo Ian!! Soy de Hong Kong

Since I started working at J-hoppers almost two years ago, I have derived a great deal of happiness from talking to travelers from around the world through listening to their stories, and asking about what is happening in their country. Lately, I have also tried to learn from them. I became able to say numbers in Thai reasonably fluently thanks to the numerous guests from Thailand in the last few months! Every Thai guest has become my teacher. Every time when they checked in, I would practice saying their room number, pin number, and at a later time, the room fees as well in Thai. As expected, my pronunciation at first was terrible, and my so-called "Thai" was met with puzzled expressions. But I grew better over time, and now more often than not my attempts at speaking Thai were met with appreciation.  

Thus, in a sense, J-hoppers is like an international language school where you can learn a range of different languages. Now that I think about it, how lucky I am having an unlimited supply of teachers from whom I can learn for free! I have decided to make the most of this wonderful language learning environment. With the summer just around the corner, I have decided to put Thai aside, and tried to pick up some Spanish as we are expecting many guests from Spain in the coming months! And just two days ago, when a Spanish couple was just about to go out, I asked them how to say "see you later" in Spanish. Hasta luego! My teachers taught me right away. But of course, I have been making some effort on my own as well by learning to Spanish learning podcasts. And I have just learned how to introduce myself in Spanish, and will try to practice it with the next Spanish guest I see! 

Bienvenido a Takayama! 
  

Cafes in Kyoto

Hello there! Today is the last day of June but we still need to wait 
for about 2 weeks until the end of rainy season...

Today I would like to recommend cafes in Kyoto where you can be relaxed 
or feel happy in a rainy day.



- Cafe marble -

This is a machiya (traditional wooden house in Kyoto) style cafe in downtown, 
cute and cozy.


They always have 3 or 4 lunch menus and delicious looking cakes.

They also have this cute stamp card and you will get their original goods 
or a cake for free when you collect 10 stamps :)


http://s.tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260201/26005355/




- mement mori -

A small stylish cafe close to Heian-jingu Shrine.
I had lunch and that was so nice! You can try several dishes of food on one plate.

You had better be there before opening or make a reservation, 
otherwise you will need to wait for a long time since the cafe is managed by one lady 
and it gets full quickly.



http://s.tabelog.com/en/kyoto/A2601/A260302/26018158/



Eat Eat Eat.....


   Hi ! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
WET,WET,WET.... This week we have had so much rain in Hiroshima.
I can not wait for a sunny day.

At the end of last month,I went to Kanazawa 金沢
(which is one of the most highest rainfall cities in Japan....)for the first time.
When I got there,I realized I did not know very much about Kanazawa 
before this trip. I knew about Kenrokuen Japanese garden , seafood... but did not know about 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,Oumicho Market,
 Higashi chaya District...

However, everything was amazing and elaborated!
Art (I am not more of an artist person but enjoyed the
21st Century Museum!),Food, Garden, Onsen .....
 
For these tourist spots in Kanazawa,the excursion bus is convenient for tourists. Each bus runs on a single route, and each bus stop displays the bus number with an English notation. One day pass is 500yen.Once you get it,you can also get discounts at some facilities.

* Why don't you visit Kanazawa once ? *



Tourist spots in Kanazawa : http://www.kanazawa-tourism.com/eng/guide/guide1.php
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art:https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
Yamashiro-Onsen:http://www.yamashiro-spa.or.jp/foreign/en



Tonami Yotaka Festival


In June, I visited the Yotaka Festival that has been running over 300 years in Tonami, Toyama prefecture.  It is held on Friday and Saturday of the second week in June every year.  This year, the festival was held on 10 and 11 June, 2016.  We find this festival extremely impressive with the dazzling lanterns floats and the collision of the floats.  

There are 15 big floats and 5 small floats representing the different parts of Tonami in the festival.  All floats are decorated with colourful lanterns marked with their names.  However, the main attraction is not the beauty of the lanterns but the collision of two lanterns to express members’ courage and bravery towards the opposing floats.  The collision started from 8:30 p.m. as the streets were packed with people standing to wait to the see the main theme’ of the night. Every time, we heard each team shouting loudily ‘Iyaiyasha’ several times before collision.  This brought them energy and team spirits and we could feel the same as audience.

It is the first time for us to experience the passion of the locals presenting their own culture via the festivals.  It is definitely an exiting and interesting festival that you cannot miss if you visit Toyama prefecture in June!!

Please visit the below website for more information:

http://foreign.info-toyama.com/en/event/?event_id=26&ret_list_p=3






Fun out !

Hi there ! Are you a fun of rides ? I love amusement parts and I had really a good time at Universal Studios Japan the other day !

It had been 6 years since last time I was there so I was a little bit nervous at first as I might lost some immunity for scary rides.
However, I did not even worry about it when  I entered the park as I was completely drawn into the world ! The vibe was there and people were so cheerful and happy !
I got so excited that I forgot about nervousness.

It was changeable weather , one moment it was drizzling and the next moment, was pouring down, and then, cleared ! It was less people because of the weather so we could ride about 10 rides ! 

My favorite ride is BACKDROP. It moves backward so we can not see the front but it is much fun than normal roller coaster :-)


My friends and I had a same coordination so that we could get into the world more !
It was really fun out !


Bouldering!!

Hello!
This is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana.

A few days ago, I planed to go hiking with my friends but unfortunately it was raining a LOT. So we needed to change our plan and find something interesting which we could do indoors.

So, we went bouldering!

Do you know bouldering? It was the first time for us to try it.
As you can see on the pictures, bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. Of course we did not climb real rocks in nature, but colorful rocks on the wall indoors. They looked hard to climb, but also really fun and a bit like going to the gym, so we were excited. However, after the payment, a young employee explained for all the beginners for about 30 minutes how dangerous it could be, the rules and what we should NOT do, especially when someone is climbing.
So we realized that we should really be focused on climbing and be aware of a lot of things.
It scared us a bit, but once we started to climb, it was really fun!
And it was really really more difficult than I thought!!
Before you start, you need to choose one color among the rocks and you are allowed to grab only THE rocks with the specific color. If you touch or grab a different colored rock, you failed. So when you finished a section, it felt really you achieved a lot.

However, after about two hours, the muscles in our arms were already sore and we couldn't hold onto the rocks anymore...So we decided to leave it and try it again next time.

It was really fun to try out a new thing and I want to keep up doing sports more often :)




Just Openined "KAIKA-DO CAFE"

June is rainy season. 
But For bamboo, my favorite plant June is autumn season.  Because leave are falling down after having harvest bamboo sprout. 

At the same time on June we can taste New green tea taking in our body scenery full of greenery.

Near our office Just Open new Cafe. 
Kaika Do Cafe. Kaika Do is a traditional chazutsu (tea caddies) made of copper since 1875.
http://www.kaikado.jp/english/index.html

Just open Kaika-Do Cafe along Av. Kawaramachi and Shichi-zyo Street. 

Open from 10:00 Close from 19:00. 

They serve Cafe and Maccha, draft beer and wine, some snack and cheese cake. 

Renovated building of railway company & office 

Maccha Latte @800yen

@Backyard there are many green plants 

Lamp shade custom ordered by craft man of Kaikado 

coffee from Wanii Cafe from Tokyo coffee shop



I think it will be soon full of people making line. SO I really recommend you tasty and refresh Maccha Latte ASAP. 

Enjoy your summer! 

Kimy 

Tsunoshima in Yamaguchi prefecture

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Hiroshima has just entered the rainy season... It is expected to last until Mid July. After rainy season, we will have HOT Humid summer..

Before rainy season started, I had small trip to TSUNOSHIMA which is in Yamaguchi prefecture(right next to Hiroshima)

This place is well known as one of MUST VISIT in Yamaguchi. You might have seen this scenery somewhere. This is Tsunoshima. This is the photo before crossing bridge.
 

As crossing bridge!

 
It did not look like in Japan. once I got here I was fall in love in 2 senc..It has great Ocean and scenery.

Also awesome fresh seafood!!! 



↓↓↓ Only 1000 yen for all of them↓↓↓



 I really really recommend TSUNOSHIMA "角島"

If you have any opportunity to come to around Hiroshima or Yamaguchi, please check it out!
Please Google the name. You will see more and more attractive place and lead you there without noticing!




KAWAYUKA(summer night dining) by The Kamogawa River

Every year from May to September, restaurants overlooking the Kamogawa river's western bank from Nijo-dori street to Gojo-dori street do a special eventーーthey set up open-air dining areas called KAWAYUKA to catch the cool river breezes, which you can enjoy with a delicious, romantic Kyoto-style dining.
 
I went to one of them last week, tried a really nice OBANZAI(Kyoto home-made style foods, the main ingredients are vegetables and tofu) set within 2000JPY. So delicious that I even forgot to take a picture of KAWAYUKA..., but I do remembered to take the pictures of the dishes! hehe..

I really recommend you to try KAWAYUKA if you visit Kyoto in summer season, especially the OBANZAI restaurants. It must be one of the best way to taste Kyoto's summer!