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!!

ゲストと京都旅行!お得な情報も♥

こんにちはー!
ユニバ店の沙織です^^*
先日、ユニバ店の仲良しの常連ゲスト様と3人で京都旅行に行ってきたので、その模様をお伝え致します♥

去年の10月ごろに宿泊してくれた日本語ペラペラのコリアン:じゅんさんがまたユニバ店に戻ってきてくれたことから今回の旅行が実現しました☆
時間があるなら京都を案内して欲しいと言われたので、折角ならと着物を着てお出かけすることに…♡

もともとはじゅんさんと2人で行く予定でしたが、良いタイミングでこれまた常連のけーた君が泊まりに来てくれたので、3人で京都旅行に行ってきました!

着物を着るのは直前に決まったけど、旅行前日に着物レンタルできるところを見つけて事前予約して行ってきました^^

今回お世話になったのは、京越~河原町店~様です。
https://kyoetsu-gion.com/

なーーーにも持っていかなくても、足袋から着物、かばん、草履、追加料金で羽織やヘアセット、ヘアアクセまで全部用意してくれてるので、手ぶらで行けます♪

1人あたりの料金はそこそこ高いけど、カップルプランとかペアフレンズプランを使ったらお安く着物を楽しむことが出来ますよ(*‘ω‘ *)

まず始めに、身長や体型に合っている着物のサイズを教えてもらったら、着物のデザインや帯、羽織は全部自分で好きなものをチョイス出来ます。着付け・ヘアアレンジの手際がとってもよくて、3人が着物を選ぶところから出発まで1時間かかりませんでした!

手早くても、着崩れやヘアアレンジがダレることもなく大満足でした!!



↓↓↓ 私が選んだ着物はこちら ↓↓↓


買い取りたいぐらい気に入ったデザインでした!(笑)




↓↓↓ ヘアアレンジはこちら ↓↓↓















お上品な感じに仕上げてもらいもらいました♡

追加料金1,000円もしくは3,000円でヘアアレンジをしてもらえます!

プランのちがいは
*1000円プラン・・・・・決まった8種類ぐらいのサンプルの中からどれか1つ
*3000円プラン・・・・・自分の好きな髪型をオーダー

私は1000円プランの中で『2つ迷ってるデザインがあるー』と言ったら、
その2つのデザインの丁度中間のようなヘアアレンジにしてくださいました!
感動!!!!


そして、そして、メンズの着物もご紹介します!


↓↓↓ じゅんさんが選んだ着物はこちら ↓↓↓











オンリ―ワンになりたいってことで、赤の着物をチョイス!
グレーの羽織で〆て、とっても似合ってました!


↓↓↓ けーた君が選んだ着物はこちら ↓↓↓











着物はグレーに見えるけど、細かい白と黒のストライプ柄!
黒の羽織でシックな感じに。


けーた君は道ですれ違ったお姉さんが頭に付けてたキツネのお面に一目ぼれして
清水寺近くのお土産屋さんで1300円で購入してました。かわいい(笑)











実はお二人、警察官と弁護士でして、私は逆ハーレム状態。
2度とこんなイケイケな2人に囲まれながら旅行するチャンスはないだろうなーと思いながら、2人をはべらせて京都旅行を堪能していました(笑)


しかし、若手の2人は大人しく旅行してくれませんでした。
寺院の入館料や食事代は全部【男気じゃんけん】にしようと提案してきたのです;つД`)💦

男気じゃんけん とは?
「おごりてぇぇ~~!!」って言いながらじゃんけんをして、勝った人が全額支払う男前な遊び(恐怖)


じゅんさんは、今回訪れた全ての神社の入館料を支払ってくれました!
















全然嬉しくなさそうwwww


辻利さんも抹茶もじゅんさんが(笑)
ご馳走様です(*‘ω‘ *)














私も何度か負けてご飯代で4000円ほど・・・('Д')




そして、こちらは返却時間25分前にゲーセンに駆け込んで撮ったプリクラ!
うん、良い思い出♥


















そんなこんなで、着物着てたらすっごくテンション上がるし、京都旅行の楽しさ倍増しますよ!!!京都に行かれる方は是非着物着てみて下さい★



そして、元京都花宿で働いていた我らがなおマネージャーおすすめの着物レンタルショップはこちら!

*京都着物レンタル夢館 -ゆめやかた-
https://www.kyoto.yumeyakata.com/
京都花宿のスタッフさんも何名かバイトしていたそうです^^

*WALIN KYOTO~和凛~
http://walin.jp/
なおさん一押しのレンタルショップ!
流行りの派手系のデザインではなく、洗練された落ち着いたデザインのお店。


あと!!!!!
着物を着たうえで【京都きものパスポート】を提示すると、寺院や美術館、お土産屋さん等でディスカウントやプレゼントをもらえるんですよ~!

詳細はこちらをご覧ください!
http://kimono-passport.jp/



これからは浴衣の季節になりますが、是非京都に行く際は着物・浴衣を着て気分を高めて旅行に行ってみて下さい!


以上、ユニバ店沙織がお送りしました^^*






30 day squat challenge !

Hi there ! Madi is here :)

Recently I started doing exercise whenever I have time.
I don't know why but since I started working here, I have been super lazy lol
so didn't do any exercise at all :(
Nowadays it is getting warm and nice to start doing exercise so I started going for jogging (I'm super beginner so run like a turtle lol, well does it run actually !?) and plus  doing "30day squat challenge". This may ring your bell if you were in states last year or other countries around states maybe, I'm not too sure.
Anyway it was popular idea for ladies to get nice or I'd say sexy shape on your butt and suddenly some of my friends started so I joined them.


This is actually easy to keep doing for next 30 days if you already get used to exercise but for me, the first 4 days were so tough :( If my friends were not doing then I would have given up already so thanks to my friends !
Now so far I'm doing well constantly so hope I can get the good result. (I'm sure that I wouldn't get that ↑ sexy butt like the lady. lol That would be great though !)
Now I can't wait to share the result with my friends soon :)

Catcha ! xo

ラーメン


この2~3年、レストランにラーメンを食べに行くことなどほとんどなかったのですが、最近になって取りつかれたように通い食べしています。

大体は夜中、お酒を飲んだ後に行くことが多いので、背脂ギットギトの濃いラーメンを食べてます。 去年の健康診断で中性脂肪が多めだったので気を付けたいとおもいます。


さて、4月は気温もあったかくなる時期なので、お花見やピクニックなどのイベントごとがたくさんあります。

京都では花見はもちろん、登山や仏閣めぐりなど様々なアウトドアイベントがあります。

4月15日から始まったKyotoGraphie 色んな国の色んな写真家・アーティストが京都市内の各所の建物で作品を披露しています。



見に行ったのは ハンネ・ファンデル・バウデ という写真家の個展。



お気に入り。。。


一か所だけなら入館料が600円ですが、3チケット同時購入で1500円に。
歩いて観光しながら、こういう系の個展がみられるのもとても楽しいですね。



観光だけではなく、京都がこういうふうに芸術的でイベント盛りだくさんな街に日々なっていくのを見ていると楽しい感じがします。


















関係ないけど帰りにアイス食べました。

Shibas

Hi.This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

Are you a Cat🐱 person or a Dog🐶 person?
I prefer dogs especially Shiba dogs:one of Japan’s six native breeds and one of the most popular dogs all over the world. I am a big fan of them.
Once you open my Instagram,you can see many photos of them since I follows many people who have Shibas.
He is one of the most famous Shibas in Japan. 
▼If you are a dog-lover,please check it out!▼ 
  @marutaro Japanese Shiba MARU

My grandpa also has a Shiba,named Ryu,and every time we visit him we take her for a walk .She is not a puppy but small because she is a breed of dog, called Mame(small-sized) Shibas.This month,I went with my sister to my grandpa's house.
 It was such a nice day.We stayed out side for a long time.
During walking with my sister and Ryu,we found many spring plants and picked up some  and after that asked my grandma to cook them. This is how I enjoy my spring.Enjoy the rest of your spring!  
Look! How small she is...








Microbrewery Beer Festival

Hi. This is Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA.

It's getting hot in Hiroshima.
Did you enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan?
Actually all cherry blossoms have fallen already, but it was so beautiful!!

5min walk from Hana hostel
A few days ago, I visited the Microbrewery Beer Festival at a park near the Atomic-bomb Dorm in Hiroshima for the first time.
It was a really hot day. So a lot of people enjoyed having various kinds of beer and I saw some people already wearing T-shirts. Also a lot of tourists were there.

Actually, I don't like beer.:D But there are a lot of food stalls which sell really tasty food! So even if you do not like beer, you can enjoy the beer festival and it's admission free. If I have time, I will go to this festival again next year.



Miracle oil , TAMANU

This is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

My topic for today is TAMANU OIL, is also called a miracle oil for its efficacy.
Tamanu is a plant and is often seen in tropical islands such as Hawaii , Tahiti or Madagascar and is also called a sacred plant.


Tamanu oil is efficient for both your beauty and health.
For a beauty usage, it is efficient for moisturizing and anti-ageing.
It also helps with your wrinkles!
As for your health care, it helps with any dermatitides.
It shows effect on any parts of your body, such as face, body or even hair!

Thank you for reading:)

Exploring Onomichi: )

Hi,there.

How are you?

This is Kazzy from Osaka Hana Hostel.

I had five days off at the end of March so I visited Onomichi in Hiroshima prefecture.

Senko-ji, a very beautiful temple, is located here.

On my way to the temple I found a nice cafe which is connected to Miharashi-tei (a guest house).

It was lovely stay.

If you have time, please go there and just chill and relax: )

We hope you have a lovely day/night.






美味しい焼き鳥が食べたい^^

J京都のさほるんです。

いつもはベジタリアンネタですが、今回はお肉です!

わたし時々お肉が無性に食べたくなります。先日、以前から気になっていた
”常木屋”さんに行ってきました^^

町屋の外観からは、焼き鳥屋さんとは分かりません。
内装も落ち着いた雰囲気で居心地が良く、グループ席やカウンター席もあります。

串焼きの種類は豊富で、どれも美味しかったです!
わたしは人気メニューの、とりとチーズの湯葉春巻きがとても良かったです^^


味で感動するお店です^^ 機会があったらぜひお願いします(^^♪
https://tabelog.com/kyoto/A2601/A260201/26013235/

New love for GIN

Do you like gin?

Personally gin is not my drink to order at a bar or have it at the party.

There was this time, I was hanging out in town and we found this cool spot.



"I LOVE YOU MORE THAN GIN but GIN is a tonic for me to love you more."

 I already fell in love with the line said at the door, and we stepped in...

The bar was fairly dark but still comfortable and cool, nicely decorated with plants, some random things and of course many gin bottles I've never seen!




What to order? I was very impressed by their menu, absolutely the naming is brilliant and very funny. And very interesting combinations make their unique gin cocktails that everyone would be curious about.



Burdock gin?  Cacao gin? Lavender gin? Flower gin?
I decided to try Shiitake mushroom gin cocktail for a gin adventure, and my boyfriend ordered Kinobi on the rocks.

Kinobi is another thing that I should probably mention here - Kinobi is craft gin made in Kyoto.


ORIGIN : KYOTO / JP
生産国 : 京都 / 日本
BOTANICAL : 11 KINDS / JUNIPERBERRY, YUZU, LEMON, JAPANESE PEPPER, GREEN TEA, CYPRIS, BAMBOO LEAF, GINGER, SHISO, JAPANESE PEPPER LEAF, ORRIS
ボタニカル : 11種類 / ジュニパーベリー、柚子、レモン、山椒、玉露、檜、竹の葉、生姜、紫蘇、木の芽、オリス



They have Kinobi cocktails too which I should try next time.



Left is the cocktail I ordered (the right is just an empty glass that someone enjoyed), maybe you noticed some mushrooms on the cocktail. Yes, the bartender grilled a bit of mushrooms and put them on the cocktail. Such a lovely presentation!

The cocktail was amazing. A bit herby, got a bit of punch at the first sip but still very smooth and aftertaste is slightly mushroomy! And Kinobi Kyoto gin was just unbelievable. Super easy to drink, fresh yet mild, you should give it a try!

I highly recommend you to try this new hip spot for their unique gin cocktails and cozy atmosphere.
  





HANAMI

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
It's Kana here.

It's Middle of Spring in Japan which is my most favorite season of  the year!! Not too hot, not too cold and speak of spring is SAKURA! Cherry blossom!!

What we must do in this season...

It's HANAMI !

Have you heard of it ? Hanami is "Cherry Blossom Viewing"

What we do??

We enjoy eating and drinking with Family, friends or corworkers under fully bloomed cherry blossoms.


Sometimes people stay over night at the park to get a good spot for cherry  blossoms.
Sounds crazy but we just do it. Because we can enjoy cherry blossoms only short period in April..
Cherry blossoms bloom between March and April in Japan.
Evey spring many parks get crowded with views and street stalls.
Also there are many kinds of cherry blossoms, SOMEI-YOSHINO is the most famous one in Japan.

So, we had first HANAMI yesterday with my big boss! We are allowed to drink from day time! No one complaint or doubt us as alcoholic.
We had awesome time under cherry blossoms and drink, eat and talk a lot!


I  will try my best to enjoy more Hanami as much as I can !
Please enjoy it during your stay. Don't miss it!!





Keiba

One day, I saw the horse called “Oguri-cap” on the TV show.
He is one of the famous racehorse in Japan.
7 years has passed since he left for the sky but he is still really famous for his strength among racehorses industry.
When I saw his beautiful muscles, I was shocked and thought “I must go and see racehorses on my own eyes!”
So I asked my friend who knows well about Keiba to take me to Hanshin Keiba racecourse.

Before I went there, my friend told me that there are usually very crowded but it was not so bad as I thought because the place was really huge. 
When we went through the entrance gate, the race was already started and more than 10 horses were running around the big big course.
It was so cool so I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.
From the next race, I bet 100 yen / per race on horses. I tried my best to get my money back but the god of racehorses didn’t give me a beginner’s luck.

But it’s okay. I enjoyed watching horses’ muscles and their running. It’s enough for me.

Quick return to home

Hi everyone !
It is Nana from J-Hoppers Takayama.



At the end of March I went back to France for 6 days. It was a surprise for my father birthday and it turned to be a really success ! It has been 10 months since I left France to come back in Japan.



Spring is coming over France, the cherry blossoms and the weather was so clear. Once again by going back home I realised that I am from a country side, a lot more than Takayama !






I also get great food with my family : home made pizza, choucroute, gartin dauphinois, etc. And of course great wine ! My father openned a bottle as aged as him, well two bottles, and sparkling ! It was a great evening with friends and family.


Now I am back to the Japanese Alps !
Let's enjoy the new season coming here too !

OPENING GAME for Professional baseball

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Our home term CARP!!
It's coming the first game tomorrow(*^-^*)
Home stadium will be totally bright red like this picture!!

CARP was champion in Central league.
But they couldn't be winner in whole league.

We are waiting a day what they will be champion in Japan!!

It will be held a ceremony for opening game tomorrow!!
And after that, I'm sure that so many Carp fan is going to
Nagarekawa(An area for night life) to have nice drink and
have wonderful chat each other (*^-^*)

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I would like to go for a game more than 3 times for this season.
My best player is Kikuchi.  He is really good at defense.
People call him [忍者 ninja] .
He is so cool (*^▽^*)

I believe that our CARP will be the best team!!!!
Let's go for a game while your travel in Japan :)


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EAT UP ONOMICHI!

Hi, to all those kind people who spare their precious time to check out such an ordinary blog of mine! hehe It's Chippy from J Hoppers Hiroshima :D

About a week ago I had a friend coming over to Hiroshima from Tokyo. She's my friend back in university and we've known each other for more than seven years.

When we travel & go sightseeing together, it always becomes a "All YOU CAN EAT" trip! This time again, we were to eat yummy food as much as possible, and Onomichi would be the place!

It takes about an hour and a half to get to Onomichi from Hiroshima by JR local train and it costs less than 2,000yen.

The city is famous for Ramen noodles which come in soy sauce flavored soup.
Right after we got off the train, we actually saw a few Ramen places and it was really hard to make a decision. We were walking around for almost one hour and finally we picked one place called "Kuh-kai."


After having waited for about 15 minutes, the meal was finally served!

The noodles were actually SUPER good! I don't really eat Ramen as my daily meal, but this one tasted really good! Plus, we only paid for about 500yen for each bowl. It was too good to be served for 500!!

Onomichi is also a fun place to exercise yourself; hike a small mountain and visit the Senkohji temple, go for a walk by the seaside or hire a bike and do 72kilo cycling!
Beautiful scenery from the temple
You'll see many cute cats on the streets <3
<3<3<3
We had a plenty of delicious foods in Onomichi but it seems I don't have enough space to write all of the details... so I'll save it for the next time! ;P

If you are here in Japan to experience cultures including its tasty food, Onomichi is somewhere you don't want to miss to visit!! Check online for more details about the city or ask the staff when you arrive at J Hoppers Hiroshima:)

I personally will try 72kilo cycling within a year! Who's with meee??

Go get sightseeing info of Onomichi on the city website "ONONAVI": http://www.ononavi.com/

The last rakugaki post

 Me in the Winter
 

Me in the Spring

 I went to Inecho

Saw real seagulls

Found the next goal/image of life:
Living in somewhere can see seagulls everyday.


One year and 5 months in Kyoto, I have too many memories here.
Thousand of thanks to J-hoppers.
Thank you for accepting me as a member and a family.
Thanks Mitsuaki and Natsuki and Madi-san and Yoshi-san.
To leave is sad but I will keep following the wave of fate.
 Life goes on.
Good bye.