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!!

Moka Express

I recently drink coffee brewed by Moka Express.

 You can easily make espresso by this small thing.
 And tastes very good.

If you drink latte, try making it by Moka Express.
It is fun to spend some times on making coffee!!

OHANAMI

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel.
It's Kana here.
Did you Enjoy Full bloom SAKURA (Cherry blossom)  who stayed in Japan in early April?

If you did,

Did you try OHANAMI??  Ohanami is " Cherry blossom Viewing" in Japanese.
What we do is we enjoy eating and drinking with family, friends or coworkers under the fully bloomed cherry blossoms.


Nice and super relaxing!
People who did not know about this one of beautiful Japanese culture "OHANAMI", Please try next year!
Sakura bloom such a short period...like 2 weeks..
So Don't miss it!
(After 1 week...)






Cherry Blossom viewing at Osaka Castle Park


Hello! This is Misaki from Osaka Hana Hostel. How's everyone doing?
I'm so happy it's getting warm lately!

My mom and I decided to go Osaka Castle Park to see cherry blossom 2 days ago. It had been a long time to visit there. I don't even remember when was the last time I came here Lol


I found a new complex called Jo-terrace Osaka right after got off at Osaka Castle Park Station.
There was no place to eat or drink coffee until a few years ago, I was so surprised and impressed about it!

We wanted to go Nishinomaru Garden where you can see bunch of cherry blossom trees but the park was much huge than I expected so we were kinda loss Lol







As you can see these photos, it wasn't full-bloomed but was absolutely beautiful!

After watching cherry blossom, we had Takoyaki for dinner at Wanaka.
There is a brunch in Shinsaibashi too but this place you can make your own Takoyaki!
Making Takoyaki is pretty difficult for the first time but it would be fun:)









Tokyo trip!!

Hi there, It's Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

Last month, finally I went to Tokyo to see my friend!!
We've planed this trip since October 2017 though, there has been lot of happenings one after the other. So Finally I DID IT !!

(I really appreciate to staff to let me take holidays even tough shift.)

*First day*
When I arrived in Tokyo and immediately I slept at my friends house. I was too tired.
After sleeping, we head to Tokyo disney land at 19:00.
 画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:テキスト

We didn't have enough time but we tried everything we could.
I enjoyed a lot, but one of attraction '' Star wars'' made me dead.
I felt sick and it let me down too much.

*Second day*
 3years a go, we made promise to go to Hawaiians in Fukushima.
The times finally comes. We rent a car and to get there!!
I got the free 1 day ticket for Water slide and did it forever like be a kid again.
 画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:2人、Shiori Egashiraさんを含む、、スマイル、立ってる(複数の人)、植物、木、屋外
It was so much fun! I was exhausted to be giddy.

But during driving on highway to back to Tokyo, I got caught by a police because I drove passing lane over 2km. I had to pay fine 6000yen. My driver license was supposed to be Gold... It let me down again. (T_T)

*Third day*
Last day in Tokyo.
Slept til noon, we went to have korean restaurant for lunch my wishies before I take a flight.
it was not as good taste as i thought. ''So-So''
I've never had so-so Gamjatang.


What I want to say,
when you're traveling, unexpected things are sure to happen.
anyway I wanna apologize to bother my friend(´;ω;`)gomenne

When I arrived in Hiroshima, I relaxed so much.
I thought I like Hiroshima that is not so city and not so country side from bottom of my heart.
I was so glad to see friend but Tokyo trip is little too much for me this time.

Next time, I would never chose Star wars and not to drive on highway in Tokyo and not to say ''I wanna eat gamjatang ''

Hot pot party!

Hi there~
This is Yuka from Osaka Hana Hostel.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a party with Toya who is a night staff of Hana.
She had never eaten a Kimchi nabe before, so we decided the menu at that day to Kimchi nabe.

There were many vegetables, meats, mushrooms and Gyoza which made by myself in that one.

But actually it was so warm at that day even at night so it was not suitable for nabe.
Because of Kimchi has a effect to warm the body, thereby sweating.
It has a good effect on a cold body, but if eat on a hot day...

As you know, we were eating them while saying "Hot! Hot! Spicy! Spicy!" and while sweating.
We thought should have eaten them in winter season.
Next time we will eat on a colder day.

But we were really enjoy to eat them.
And I think Toya also was able to have a good experience about Kimchi nabe.













春うらら日帰りツアー(中村軒、天橋立、伊根)

桜の開花予想が出たと思ったら、大雨、花冷えの先週でした。
雨女を自他ともに認める私ですが、昨日は天気予報は「晴れ時々曇り」という予想を信じて、レンタカーで友達と日帰りツアーに行ってきました。

旅の道連れは、アメリカからの御夫妻とJ-Stayゲストでプライベートでも仲良くしてもらっているアルゼンチンの女の子。帰りしは、また花見しようねーと仲良くなってくれたのでうれしかったです。

まずは、J京都のえみこマネージャーから教えてもらった、ニコニコレンタカーでトヨタのヴィッツを11時間レンタルで2525円也。満タンにして返しても、1日5000円。電車賃より断然安い!
私のラッキーから黄色クルマでレッツゴー。
「バナナカー」という名をつけました。(帰りごめんね。高速を突っ走って、がんばってもらいました。)

ご夫妻が大好きな桂大橋沿い(桂離宮の向い)の老舗和菓子屋(中村軒さんの喫茶でこの時期季節限定の「よもぎだんご」喫茶でしかいただけない炙りをいただきました。
周りは、焼きたてのパリッと香ばしさと一緒によもぎの香りが口の中いっぱいに・・・・
春心地・・・
11時前という早めに行ったおかげで、すぐに入れたけど、出たころは、たくさんお客様が・・・




そこで見つけたのが、花背の松上げというわらに括りつけられた、少しだけ燃えた松の破片の束・・・・

どんなものかをと調べてみました。
Wikipedia 出典
松上げとは、山火事を恐れ、火伏(防火)にご利益がある京都市右京区愛宕神社を崇拝する愛宕信仰に端を発するとされ、地域によって多少所作の違いはあるが、巨大な松明に見立てた「柱松(御柱)」という立てた長棒の上部に「笠」という受け籠を取り付け、松明を投げ入れ着火し、最後に柱を倒して終わるのが一般的な形式。

火祭りが夏にも行われていたなんて、京都人でも知ってる人少ないんじゃないかな。豪快なお祭り。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN4xlI3JV6k

そして、車を京都縦貫道から、2時間日本三景の「天橋立」に到着。
笠松公園へ向かって晴天のリフトは気持ちいいですね。
圧巻でした。天橋立を歩いて渡りたいところでしたが、1時間近くかかるとのこと。
今回は、眺めるだけで次の行き先へ!



天橋立ワイナリー
天橋立近くてワインを作っているとは初めて知りました。
ランチをしようと思っていたのですが、寄り道をしすぎて、14時過ぎてしまうとう計画ががた崩れ。ただ海のパン屋さんという米粉を使ったパン屋さんのパンをいただきました。
この旅のお供「バナナカー」


INEというと、建築を勉強している人は必ず訪れたい場所。
静かな漁村風景があるという感じ。
以前来れなかった舟屋カフェに行きました。
渚に夕日があたってさざめいているあの時間は、夢見心地でした。



何度言っても、新しい発見があるので、INEは大好きな場所です。1泊旅行に来てもいいなー。
それでは、今年の開花予想は、3月25日、満開は、4月2日例年よりかなり早くなりそうです。
どうぞ桜楽しんでくださいね!

おしまい

BODY TRANSFORMATION!!!!!

Hey, this is Shiz from J-Hoppers Hiroshima. OK, this is a bit early but summer is coooomiiiiing!! Haha I know it's too early but I just LOVE SUMMER!! I'm trying to get my beach body ready.

I've liked doing weights now and then but for the first time in my life, I joined the gym and have been going there for 5 months now. It's fun and I feel great every time when I hit the gym!My body line? Weight? Yes, it has changed and is changing llittle by little.
Today, for the first time, I took a personal training from a professional trainer. It was just like OMG, was hard but fun and I could feel the difference.

Why didn't I join the gym earlier. This is so addictive! I definitely have more energy, too. Maybe this could be a problem when I go out drinking with friends, we always end up with talking about work outs, supplements, muscles, food...etc and at the end we start showing each other how you do your work outs in a bar lol.

My goal is super body transformation by May...it's more like a dream haha but no challenge no change. Ganbarimasu!(I'll do my best!)


少しお高い日用品を試みるその①

みなさんこんにちは。ジェイホッパーズ大阪ユニバーサルで受付してます、りょうです。
最近引っ越しをしまして、色々と日用品をそろえてます。
近くのスーパーへよく買い物に行くのですが、こないだふらっと歯ブラシコーナーに入った時に今更ながら気づきました。

「なぜ歯ブラシにこんなにも種類があるのか。」

………??

実はいつも無意識に5個入くらいの歯ブラシを購入していたのです。(貧乏性??)
そこで、今回その歯ブラシコーナーで最も高いのを買うことにしました。

その名もクリアクリーン 球と極細 超密着ワイド ふつう(1本入)

こちら、お値段が350円でございます。
とてもお高いです。歯ブラシの割に。
(と思ってるのは俺だけ?)

しかし、高いのには理由がある。
必ず意味がある。
でなければ誰も買わない。

そう自分に言い聞かせ、ついにレジへ足を運ぶ。



説明が難しく見づらいですが、毛先が違うことに気づいて頂きたい。
名前の通りかなり細い。極細である。
良い感じに歯の隙間にフィット。いつもの感覚と全然違います。
八重歯のある僕にはぴったりです。

みなさんもどうですか?消耗品だからと言って、1番安い商品を選んでませんか?
少しお高い商品を試すことによって、新たな世界知ったり、新たな感覚を得ることが出来るかもしれませんよ。
この記事に興味を持った方、ぜひ試してみてください。

※決してアフィリエイトをやっているわけではございません。

Colourful NYC

Early Feb, me and my boyfriend visited New York - where he was born and raised.

It was my second time visiting there, last time was 12years ago when I didn't speak the language, and everything was overwhelming.

Long way there - 2 times of transit and we almost lost our luggage, and stuck in the airplane in Canada but we finally made it to NYC.
snowy Toronto
And we got invited for my boyfriend's friend's party soon after we landed there - it was in Red Hook which is another hot spot and very industrial area. He is an artist and just opened his new studio that is a warehouse.

That was absolutely NYC experience which gave me a chance to meet a lot of cool people, and many of his friends who are very welcoming and easy to talk to. The place had DJs, artworks and great vibes in the middle of sketchy area. Amazing first night in NYC!

From Day2, I got to see some people I always wanted to hang out again.



NYC bagels with Karim! I first met him in Kyoto when he was studying for summer, and now he lives/works in NYC. So nice catching up with him, talking about people we both know!

And next day we met up with Sam, who stayed at J-Hoppers back in January! He's managing really cool site which has Brooklyn Flea, we really enjoyed talking about how different our lives can be in both Japan and America. He showed us around and gave us a lift! (Thank you!)   


And on Valentine's day, we got to hang out with Jen and Narrick who visited us in Kyoto last year!

We met up at a bar in Brooklyn and then went to Brooklyn Bowl to see a live-show by The Wailers! They used to play with Bob Marley, their music is fun to dance to, and so felt much energy and message!



And of course we really enjoyed family time, we celebrated my boyfriend's birthday with his parents and their friend, and spent a lot of time talking to get to know each other better.






Time flies - it felt like we just arrived last night but actually spent a week!
It was so great seeing our friends again, visiting some cool sites, meeting new people and overall, experiences great NYC again. His family is mixed (dad is from Macedonia, mom is from Argentina), and they live in Queens which is most diversified place in the world. Most of his friends' family got really unique background too. NYC is so vivid and cultured, very welcoming and exciting place - glad to have local to show me around, and thank you J-Hoppers Kyoto team to have given me holiday!

I'd love to go back again in the near future!

delicious Macedonian Ajvar

Astoria

北海道満喫 ~

こんにちは、J京都のきっちゃんです。
先日雪まつりに行ってきました。
初北海道でしたが、雪まつりも食べ物もサイコーでした。

まずは、雪まつり!
3会場ありそのうちメインの大通り会場とすすきの会場に行きました。



こんな感じの雪や氷の彫刻が大量にありましたー。
マッピングもいたるところでされててもう圧巻、言葉が出ない!
めちゃくちゃ寒かったですが、人生で一度は絶対に 行くべきですね。

続いて、北海道と言えばやはり食べ物!!




ラーメンに海鮮丼にその他いろいろ満喫しましたー
このうに、一巻で700円!たかすぎー!
ただ、食べた瞬間口の中で溶けました!
ただただ満喫した北海道旅行でしたー







Day Trip to Kurahashi island

Hi there! This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
We had a SUPER cold winter this year and had snow even here in Hiroshima.However,it has been quite warm since last week.I can feel spring is coming little by little.
I have been getting into driving to islands in Hiroshima lately.
In January,I went on a short trip to  Shimanami-Kaido,which is a 60kilometer long toll road between Onomichi,Hiroshima and Imabari,Ehime.I visited a sacred shrine and had tasty dishes.I was attracted to that.

And this time,I went to Kurahashi island in Kure with my mom,my aunt and her dog,Momo.One day,my mom found a cafe with a good atmosphere on Instagram.
It is called Cafe SLOW.On their website,they say  that there is a terrace which we can have lunch with our dog.It was a bit chilly day but we chose the terrace seat for our sweet dog,Momo. Here is my favorite picture of her with tasty Vietnam food.Look at her face!!



There are also BBQ and oyster huts outside.(Reservation required in advance). After that,we took a stroll along the beach called Katsura'ga'-hama in Kurahashi.It reminded me of Katsura-hama in Kochi. Since I visited Kochi in 2016, I felt like I was there again. It was too cold to swim then but in summer you can swim and also try SUP at Katsuraga-hama.
On the way back home,we also found a heart-shaped island!

If you have a car,I highly recommend you to drive to islands in Hiroshima.
Which island should I go NEXT? :)

Italian Party!


My friends and I had a Italian pizza party the other day.

I was too excited because this time, Pizza was gonna made bya  real Italian man.

So I went his house earlier than other ones to see the process.

Unfortunately, due to many reasons, I could not see how to make a dough for pizza from the beginning...

















But other than that I successfully memorized the recipe :)

I forgot taking photos of completion but it looked good and super tasty.

ALso we played "JINRO game".

My friend told me eating pizza, playing Jinro game are typical way to spend night in Italy among college students (I'm not sure about that though).


Flower 🌸

Hi there ! Here is Madi from Kyoto Hana :)

Few days ago, I went to the flower garden in Umeda for taking pictures :)


There were many different kind of spring flowers out there and it was like a little oasis in the metropolis :)



Also on that day, the weather was beautiful and very warm like spring !
So then I could feel that spring is just around corner when I was taking pictures there and it made me so happy ♡



Can't wait to seeing lots of different flowers more in coming season :)


Friends's Wedding

Hi, this is Saho from J-Hoppers Kyoto :)

I was invited to my friends's wedding the other day.
My friend, he worked as a cleaner with us last year and he's married to Japanese woman.
His wife is from Buddhist family so the wedding ceremony was conducted with the combination of both Buddhism and Shintoism at the chapel.
Interestingly , when bride and groom marched into or marched out of the chapel,the background music was something related to Buddhism and during the ceremony, there was some teaching or lessons made by the monk.


It was unique ceremony but I was happy to be there on my friend's big day!



New jeans

Hi, this is Yuto from Hana Hostel Hiroshima.

I got a new jeans!!

 Mostly, jeans you always see at cloths shops are washed once before its go on shops counter. But one I got this time is non-washed. It is very hard and dark colored.

 The reason why I got  non-washed one is I can grow the jeans from the beginning.  At first, I am going to put the jeans in warm water to take off the glue on it, wash in laundry and dry. After these process, finally, I will be able to wear the jeans. If I miss these process, I can't make it good faded color.

 I am going to wear it everyday and make my only one jeans :))

Exploring Okazaki Wonder Land!

I'm Kimy from J-Stay
Big influenza waves (A,B and new one) arrived Japan.
Hope you are fine.
I'm still fine but really need my Chinese medicine Kudzu.

Just I moved to my favorite Okazaki Area which has Heian Big red gate shrine, Art Museums, Rohm theater, Library and philosophy path as traditional and cultural area in Kyoto. This is one of the good spots for Sakura season as well.
My friend was looking for someone who wants to live a couple of month before the middle of April when next guest from Taiwan comes.
So she invited to me live there a while.
My friend is a stained glass artist for 35 years and she introduces herself as " I am a light aritist" so this house has a good light from facade.
And a lovely cat is living there.



Whose name is Tiggar he is sleeping 

BF on one day with nice sun light



winter seasonal fish dish 
 This house has big kitchen so it makes many inspiration for cooking.
We are planning to have Indonesian cooking lesson on March.

Mexican cuisine "FLAUTA"

I tries to go a walk in the morning along philosophy path. The fresh air makes me wake up it is really joy.
Surrounding east mountain chain it is so cold there. In my room I feel I'm outside because when I can see white cold visible breath. :)

I can't wait Sakura season.

End




Do you like Ramen?

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel, It's Kana here.

What Japanese food do you like the most?? I am from Hiroshima so Okonomiyaki which is Hiroshima's specialty food comes first, but I am really into Ramen since I had short trip to Onomichi last year. Onomichi is well known as Ramen and there are many Ramen restaurant every where. It was like a heaven to me. Ramen for Lunch, Dinner and even for afternoon tea.

I would like to recommend you the one of best Ramen I had ever had recently.
One of coligue accidentally found this restaurant and strongly recommended me as she knew that I was really into Ramen now.


This Ramen called TORISOBA and has little faint scent of citron.Usually Ramen soup is bit or quite heavy but it was light and even finished them all without heartburn!!

If you have any opportunity to try TORISOBA, please give it a try! It won't let you down and you will not regret for sure!




Solo travel in Kusatsu


Hi,there! This is Misaki from Osaka Hana Hostel.

Last year in December, I went to Kusatsu onsen by myself. It tkes about 7 hours from Kobe by Shinkansen and bus to get there. It was really tiring but I don't really use Shinkansen (which is way more expensive than bus) so it was kinda fun!
And luckily I saw a beautiful Mt.Fuji from Shinkansen! Although I was impressed to see it, I had no one can share this feeling with me, that was sad part of the solo travel Lol


When I got to Kusatsu onsen, I had lunch right away and headed to guest house.
This guest house is not a new one everything seemed very old but person who works there was really nice to me and the best part was they have a big hot spring which is private! It was really cozy like heaven!

I took a break at guest house for a while and then watched Yumomi show. Yumomi is the centuries-old method employed to cool down Kusatsu's hot spring water to bathing temperature without diluting it with cold water and thus attenuating its special qualities. After watching Yumomi show, audience is able to have Yumomi experience. If you want to try it, I recommend to watch on the first floor because one you get inside of the building, it's not really easy to move around.


After that, I went to Sainowara Rotenburo. This large public open air bath (rotenburo) in Sainokawara Park is one of Japan's largest and wide enough to accommodate more than 100 bathers. I felt the hot spring water was hot, I couldn't stay for longer. I became hungry after taking a bath, had Tsukemen which is dipping sauce was so tasty!





While I was in Kusatsu, I was like where has the time gone? Time goes by so quickly! I'm surely go back here again near in the future!

DRONE!!

I'm sooooooooo excited that I've got a DROOOOOOOOOOONE!!!

Hey, this is Shiz from J-Hoppers Hiroshima. I've got a new toy! I've always liked electronic stuff since I was little that's maybe because of my brother. We used to play video games a lot when we were kids and now he became a computer graphic/illustrator so he still buys lots of games n stuff. Lucky me that I get things that he doesn't use anymore. Play Stations, Nintendos, DSs, Oculus, PC, lots and lots of video game softwares, etc. And now, I have a drone that I've always wanted!!
It's got a good camera. I can control it with my phone.
Test flight from the rooftop of J-Hoppers Hiroshima!!

Later this day, I went to Tondo festival (bonfire burning last years lucky charms, ceremonial arrows and talismans) @ Gokoku shrine. Fire should be as high as a house but I just caught the end of it.
So fun taking photos and videos controlling the drone but both drone and phone batteries die real quick......buuuut it's worth it:D