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!!

Kitayama - Takayama

Hello everyone,
It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida-Takayama.

Since I first came in Takayama one of my favorite place in Takayama is Kitayama Parc.

To get to this parc you need to go up hill behind the main shrine : Sakura Mangu Jinja. As you go up and up, you will see the city from above going along the Miyagawa river. Then you will get pass the cafe Ichii and reach the parc.




Then I recommend you to go to Ichii and enjoy the sunset from the terrace.
The night ambient is nice too.



Washi stores in Kyoto

Hi there ! It's Madi from Kyoto Hana Hostel :)

Today I'm talking about washi stores in Kyoto.

Few months before, one of my friend who is from states and currently lives in Hiroshima told me that there is the nice washi shop in downtown.
And when she was explaining how good that shop is, she was smiling and exciting which was unusual for her cause she is normally cool so she made me curious and finally I went there yesterday :)

Before I go crazy to talk about that shop, please allow me to explain what washi is.

Washi is Japanese traditional handmade paper and is used is tough, bug-proof, and really versatile. Sometimes it is dyed after the sheets are dry, instead of during the paper-making process. Washi patterns and designs can be controlled by folding techniques before dyeing! Dyeing only the edges of the folds can create fantastic, heart-warming designs so beautiful they can be framed, or used as center pieces and also used for paper screens, paper screen doors called shoji.




*Washi lanterns*

So now get back to my story ! The store is located near Nishiki food market in Kyoto. The name is Suzuki shofudo.
As soon as you enter into the store, you will be surprised by the number of items !
You can see the different design of washi sheets on the wall and washi items are everywhere so you may feel like you are in the wonderland ;)


I didn't expect but I spent 1 hour there (so I was late to see my friend !) and couldn't decide what to get for a while ! Well I wasn't meant to buy anything but couldn't help once I entered into the store ! So spent for a while there, walked around over and over... then at the end I spent 5000JPY for one time shopping LOL Dear... !


*These are all made by Washi !*
If you are looking for nice or traditional souvenirs from Kyoto, this may be good but be aware that you will spent much money and time like me LOL








Haral restaurants in Takayama

We have a lots of Muslim visitors from Malaysia and Indonesia in Takayama.

Many of them bring foods from home because there are few Haral restaurants in Japan.

A lot of restaurants in Takayama support Haral foods for Muslim visitors lately.

We have pamphlet of the map so you do not need to worry about foods in Takayama.

You do not need to buy only rice ball at convenient store anymore!!








Amaharashi Kaikan


This was my third visit to Amaharashi Kaikan in Toyama prefecture, which is famous for the spectacular view of snowcapped Tateyama mountain range against the sea. In fact, the notoriously shy Tateyama mountain range more often than not hides behind the clouds or haze. That is why during my first two visits I could not see it. Imagine how excited I was then when I arrived there.

If it were not so windy and cold, I imagine it would be lovely walking along the seaside or just sitting down to take in the view leisurely. I will definitely come back again, perhaps in spring or summer.

If you are around that area, I also recommend going to the Kittokito fish market right by the sea, where you can try fresh seafood of the day! Yummy!

Costco!

Hi,this is Ena from Hiroshima Hana hostel.

Our hostel is located between JR Hiroshima station and the MAZDA baseball stadium.Right next to the baseball stadium,there is a COSTCO. (only 10min walk from Hana!)

This month,I went shopping there with staffs from Hana hostel and bought some fresh food.
As you may know, usually, you need to be its member to enter the shop and purchase products.
However,even if you do not have it ,at the Costco here in Hiroshima,you are allowed to enter the food court  without the membership card.Also,food at the food court are really cheap! It costs ONLY 180yen for a hot dog and refillable drinks.
The baseball season is coming soon in Hiroshima.
Why don't you go to costco before the baseball game and enjoy Hiroshima more?








Check it out for further infomation about them:
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Costco wholesale HIROSHIMA
Regular hours :10:00am-8:00pm
(Dec 31st and Jan 1st: 9am – 6pm )
Address:
2-3-4 Minami-Kaniya Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 732-0803, Japan
◎15min walk from Hiroshima station
◎10min walk from Hana Hostel
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Kyoto : Kimono : Camera


Hello! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima HANA.

Last month, we celebrated J-Hoppers' 15th anniversary with a party in KYOTO.
It was really fun!

While in Kyoto, we managed to visit some temples and dress up with a Kimono.

It was the first time for me to wear such a colorful one. So it was exciting!
We were taking pictures with our phones, but then a Japanese guy came and told us he could take the pictures for us.

It turned out he was a professional photographer. So lucky for us!! 

I was so surprised because the pictures taken by his camera were so good and different compared to those taken by my iPhone… 

So I started to think about getting a better camera, but on the other hand, it always looks so heavy…

So, if you know a good camera, which is not that big and heavy, please send me your recommendations!

And if I get the chance to wear such a colorful Kimono again, I would be very happy.

Relaxing in Nara: )

Hi,there:)

How are you today?

Today,I would love to introduce about one of my favorite cafe in Nara.

It is called -Kuruminoki-くるみの木(Trees Of Walnut).

The emibience of the cafe is very lovely cozy and comfy...

You can not only enjoy the deserts and cakes but also get fancy and lovely knickknacks.

And the wife and huzband who are really kind and nice own and run the cafe, they will be walcoming and take care of you!

Such a lovely place there are: )


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http://www.kuruminoki.co.jp/ichijyo/

If you explore in Nara,please visit there: )

I hope you have a lovely day!!

Sarubobo drawings


If you have not seen Sarubobo then you have not been in Gifu prefecture yet !
Sarubobo is really famous here, and almost everywhere !

Sarubobo can be seen as a mascot now, but it used to be a popular amulet and doll for young girls. "Saru-" means Monkey and "-bobo" baby. The mother and grand-mother make the doll from the zabuton, those small pillow used to seat on in Japanese house. Sarubobo as no face as the child can project the image, it can be anyone !


And here in Takayama you can see Sarubobo even in our guesthouse !
Lately I drew a lot of book cover for the "Guest Book".
My first Sarubobo cover was in November 2016.

Then I made a new one for February (well January was a Rooster) and prepare one for the next season ! Now I do not have other choice to keep on drawing Sarubobo for each cover of our Guest Book !

And of course when my manager asked me to draw the cover of our "Recipe Book" I could not do anything else than... Sarubobo !

I am becoming a professional for Sarubobo drawing.


Can you see the Rooster on the last three ones ?

What do you have when you get cold?

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
How was your first month of  2017? I hope all of you had great holiday with your family and friends! And I did and really enjoyed Japanese traditional new year!

It is still really cold in Japan and I am wondering that how long more it will be last long... I wouldn't say I don't like winter but I prefer little bit more warm...hehehe :)

Actually I have just recovered from cold and back to work today.

 I had high fever like this from last Sat ↓↓


I haven't had that much fever for ages. So dizzy whole day and couldn't even walk and breath.
I have a queation for you.

What do you have when you get cold??

 We usually have rice porridge. When I was kid, my mum used to make it for me.

If you are too sick to have rice porridge, we  drink POCARI instead↓↓↓
It has good enough nutrition if you can not eat anything. 
(with throat lozenge)


Unfortunately my POCARI run out so quickly and I was in deep trouble... I can't eat anything... But there is NO POCARI...But I am wasy too sick to go out and get it...
At the moment my mum text me with the recipe of hand made POCARI!!!! I was so dizzy and lazy to make it but kept on telling myself that BETTER THAN GO OUT AND GET IT....

And finally made it...


It is really easy actually. mixed up salt, sugar, water and lemon juice...that's it!! 

Please let me know if you have any other recipe that make sick better!!

Also hangover too...POCARI also good for hangover!