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!!


I started to study Italian in this month.

I would like to talk about an incredible App which helps you to learn other language.

This amazing App is called busuu.

 When you want to learn some vocabulary, a word comes up on the screen with a picture relating the word.
 You can listen how to pronounce the word, if you touch the start mark.

 Busuu teach you some tips.

Words you have learned is saved on your phone as a list and you can see them whenever you want.

You can have a test at the end of a section.

The amazing thing about busuu is that you can learn 12 languages on this App !!

This App might be the closest way to be a multilingual......

Check this out !



Hi, there this is Kazzy from Osaka Hana Hostel.

How are you?

It is growing colder and colder these days.
I feel fall in the air.

In the past, it was said that Fall was the best season for reading thanks to its comfortable weather and reading was thought to be one of the best way to kill time at longer night in Fall.

The reason why we still say "Fall is the best season for reading"

The other day,Ai-san who works at Hana as cleaning staff she really loves reading books, we just talked about books by chance and she said that 'I had bought the book which is new arrival and written by Takeshi Kitano, even I did not mean to buy it!!
Because the book jacket was so nice!! '

And she loaned it to me.

As you know,Takeshi Kitano is a famous comedian and movie director in Japan.
But this time, he wrote a book and it is a love story!!

The idea of this story is his ideal love which he really wanted to do.

The guy who works as a interior designer.
In this high‐tech era, he does not use IT he still

He met a beautiful woman at the cafe and fell in love with her.

Even they are attracted to each other, they do not exchange contacts.

The woman said that 'If we want to meet each other, we will definitely be able to do again.'

The story is pure and moving, I can not image that he could write such a beautiful story.

On the other hand, there are a lot of jokes are typical of him and ironic phrases.

I do not want to tell what happens anymore...

Borrowing and lending of books are good communications to know each other: )

If you have time please go to the library or book store and enjoy Reading in autumn: )

Thank you very much for your read my blog!

Have a splendid day/night!!

Technically home sweet home

I usually say I'm from Hiroshima. Although it's actually not true.
My town is exactly on the border of Okayama and Hiroshima, and my home address is Okayama side, but I always hang out in Hiroshima, my mom goes to grocery shopping almost everyday on Hiroshima side, our dialect is also Hiroshima-ben and overall, I don't know much about Okayama.

Lat weekend, I visited Okayama city for my friend's wedding ceremony and reception.
And of course I decided to stay at a guesthouse in Okayama for the first time!
The place was hip, they have cafe and gallery on the first floor, second floor is the hostel and top floor is rental space for exhibitions or private events. The staff I talked at the reception was so excited when I told her that I also work at a hostel, and told me about a bit of Okayama hostel situation like they only have 3 guesthouses in Okayama city, or their concept and location. She was so nice!

In the evening, I hit the town to catch up with my friend who used to live in Fukuyama, and it was such a blast!

And the next day, I checked-out a bit early and decided to walk all the way to Kourakuen (one of the 3 major Japanese gardens) taking about 40 mins. (I'm a slow walker.)

It was so great seeing the city in the crisp morning - the riverside area was mysteriously foggy, and so quiet on Saturday. I had coffee in my hand, and enjoyed the fall air in my "home" that I'm not familiar with.

I almost forgot that Okayama is a castle town! Unfortunately I didn't have time to pay a visit to the beautiful black castle this time but hopefully soon.

My friend's wedding was held at Kourakuen garden! It was so nice to be a part of traditional Japanese style wedding (which is not very common now) at that perfect location with many kimono ladies!

Wedding ceremony, and party at a hotel banquet, following after party and after party...
Seeing my high-school friends was definitely highlight of my stay this time but next time I should explore a lot more of Okayama for sure!


what do you do on your day off?

Hello from Hiroshima Hana hostel its Kana here.
October has already started and I just can't believe how time goes so fast.
Its getting colder and the sunshine time is getting shorter everyday.
Autumn has finally arrived.

I wanna ask what do you do on your day off.

Recently my day off is all about ........"Ntflix"
Have you heard of it?  "Ntflix" is if you pay fixef amount of money every month, you can watch many different kind of movies and drama on line.

Most of my day of starts like this:

I wake up around 8 am and start watching "Ntflix". after while get up and brush my teeth and wash my face. AND start watching "Ntflix". don't really get hungry because what I do is just lay down and watching "Ntflix".
speechless...I don't know how to excuse myself.
But this is one of the way to relax myself on my day off.

But thing is recently I feel like wasting my day off...So...this is the time for me to let go of my lovely"Ntflix" and get outside ! I think I should start doing something else rather than staying at home all day with it. Otherwise I will miss beautiful Autumn season without noticing.
But I don't know what to do...

So let me ask you "what do you do on your day off?"

No smoking, please.

It has been a day since I decided to quit smoking.

I'm now trying out myself how hard my life without cigarette could be.

So I got App called " Kin-en watch ( No-smoking watch )".

This genius App informs you how long it has been passed since you stopped smoking + how much money you saved up while not buying cigarette in this term and so on.

It is very good one because you can actually see how long the time passed and also can visualize how much your body has been recovered from the chemicals just like nicotines, tar...etc.

It's fun!

Now, I got over the 1st phase of withdrawal symptoms successfully.

I can control my desire for cigarettes now and it wasn't as hard as I expected so I think I will be able to quit smoking completely someday soon.

(I know it's been just ONE day but it feels like a week for me. Outrageous!)

If you are a smoker and planning to be one of the people with healthy pink lung some day, just get the app and look up on internet collecting right information to keep motivating yourself.

Friends in Takayama

Hi everyone,

This month Soda came to visit me in Takayama. Soda and I have been roommates for 2 months when I was finishing my Working Holiday in Osaka Hana Hostel and Soda starting hers. I used to work in Hana Sake Bar back then and Soda started working there when I finished. So it was really funny for us to get our working visa the same year from the company. However, Soda finished her stay in Japan this month and her last trip was here in Takayama.

Well, our trip was mostly a "Gourmet Trip" in Takayama. Starting with a gorgeous french toast shared in Kisse Kisse. Then we went to Ajikura and ate Hida Beef... such a big plate for two girls ! Then we walked a bit in the old street and climbed to the Kitayama Park where, in Ichii, we get... a dessert ! I was not excepting this huge "Chocolat Parfait" to be so "parfait" (perfect in French) And then come the night and we met with other girls at Wada Izakaya. I never ate so much in one day for a long time !

Soda and the French toast at Kisse Kisse

Ajikura "o toku mori awase" we ate everything !

Some Takayama local dishes at WADA

The "Chocolat Parfait" at Ichii

The next morning we ended up in a small cafe where we try a Takayama speciality. The place was quite fun ! It is also a old manga gallery, and cake tools gallery. We get to J-Hoppers through the Miyagawa Morning Market and then met again for lunch. Aki came with us and we ended the trip at Mametengu for ramen and tsukemen.

Funny illustrations of festivals around Takayama

Cafe and cake set

Mametengu Tsukemen

It was so nice to be able to catch each other before Soda fly out of Japan. I am sure we will meet up somewhere sometimes and I am looking forward this encounter ! Stay safe and sound Soda !

Summer trip in the Philiphines

Hi!  I'm Keiko and I'm a new staff of J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I'm big fun of Miley Cyrus and i like to sing her song!

By the way, This is the first time to write a blog.
And I'm so excited to share my experiences to you.
I hope you will like and enjoy it :)


I went to the Philippines for 4days.
and this is the third time to go to the Philiphines.
( yeah, i love Philippine and actually, my boyfriend is working there.)

And I enjoyed shopping, eating Philippines fruits and meeting  my friends.
I had been to the language school in Tagaytay.
I made friends and I enjoyed learning English and my school life.
But the most thing that i love the sky in the Phillippines.

those pictures i took are my favorite sun set.
Actually, I never been to other countries. But i think the Philiphines's
sky is special for me.

As you know, the Philippines is famous for fruits such as banana and pineapple.
but my favorite is coconut which is called "Buko" in the Philippines.

Usually, I go to the market to buy buko juce.
if you have time to go to the Philippines, please try "Buko juce"
(it's really good for the health and also it's rich in mineral.)

I had a wonderful time in the Philippines with my boyfriend.

thank you for reading and see you next time!

Lovely restaurants and cafes in Takayama

Many guests have a perception that they can only eat beef and Takayama ramen in Takayama. And I shared the same thought during my first visit in Takayama. When time goes by, I realized there are varies of choices in Takayama.

I am going to introduce some of my favorite restaurants in Takayama where you can enjoy the food not only Hida beef and Takayama ramen.

Brasserie Zinya (Opening hour: 8:00-1600)

It is a restaurant serving excellent dishes of French-japanese fusion and dessert. The chef used to live overseas and every dishes make you mouth-watering. I especially recommend the Hida beef Hamburger and cakes. You can taste freshly-grown vegetables from owner’s farm with home-made salad dressing. Recently, it also offers breakfast at 500 yen from 8:00 a.m.

Cafe Flore (Opening hour:1100-16:30, 1830-2000)

This cafe’s owner is in love with the Cafe flore in Paris and therefore opened his own Cafe Flore in Takayama. We love so much the atmosphere there not less than the tasty pasta, crepe and coffee!!!
Its specialty is the seasonal crepes while using fresh fruits from Takayama. Our favorite is the peach crepe in summer while we are looking forward to the sweet potato crepe in Autumn!!

Vogel Sang (Opening hour:1730-2400)

While my friend and I are looking for restaurants on Sunday night in Takayama, we found Vogel Sang at the corner of the street. It is a tiny restaurant where you can enjoy the wine and lovely food. The owner knows the best combination and please do not hesitate to ask!!! I recommend the quiche and the roasted chicken!!! 

Cafe Uemura (Opening hour: 1130-1630, 1900-2400)

This is the newest organic cafe in Takayama while you can taste the cuisine made by fresh and organic ingredient. The owner is also the local farmer here and he would like to make the healthy and gluten-free dishes by natural ingredient as possible. In the afternoon, it is a cafe where you can enjoy the lovely sweet and coffee while at night it becomes a pub where you can enjoy cocktails with friends.
I highly recommend the vegetable platter which the taste is so fresh that you would never forget!!

The riverside cake shop

Hi, this is Shiz from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.
I found a cake shop by the river the other day. (It's been there for a long time but I just didn't know it and just found it haha.)

I found that it's actually one of the famous cake shops in Hiroshima!!
The shop is called "MUSIM PANEN". I Google translated it. It means HARVEST SEASON in Indonesian. But no Indonesian people were working there.
The entrance is pretty cool. It looks like a hidden secret spot in a jungle.

There is this small sign at the entrance.
They have little colorful cakes and all looked good that I couldn't decide which one to get.....but I did finally. Their coffee was good too!

 It's nice to be at the patio at this season.
1-16 Kanayamacho Nakaku Hiroshima city
(3mins away from Kanayamacho tram stop/Tram stop M5)

It's interesting to walk riversides which Hiroshima's got a lot, n you'll find new places every time!

Travering to Wakayama

Hi,there this is Kazzy from Osaka Hana Hostel: )

How are you?

It is getting cooler and more comfortable.

Do you know Kada in Wakaya?

Actually, Koyasan or Shirahama are very famous for sight seeing.

But Kada is very good place for just relaxing and chilling.

Also there are famous for its scenic beauty and hot springs.

Soda who used to work at Hana Sake Bar, Aki works at the bar and me went to Kada!!

It was awesome!!We had a lot of fun: )

If you have opportunity to go toward Wakayama,why don't you explore Kada?

Thank you for your reading,see you later!

Summer trip in OKAYAMA ☆

Hi, this is shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

I went to Okayama and Onomichi end of this summer with shu-chan.


We choose this hotel because it is nearby seaside!!
So we went to the beach on arriving hotel.

Setouchi Marine Hotel



After swimming, we had BBQ at the hotel!


There is hot spring and Karaoke and inside pool too.
We were so excited just to think what we're gonna do next!!!

In the end ,we did ping-ping at night.
And I lost!!! So I paid all for the game TT


 On the way home, we dropped by Onomichi and ate Onomichi ramen :)
I t was nice. And we talked about game ''Ryu-ga gotoku 6 in Onomichi'',

It was so much fan FOR US !!!!


I wonder where to go next :)