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!!

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

Black and white photographies

Hi everyone,
It is Nana from Takayama J-Hoppers. It has been a while since a post something... So this topic is a little bit late. On November my father asked me to participate to one Facebook challenge : 7 days, one black and white pictures per day inviting someone to participate too. This challenge was coming just when I went on travel to Niigata, so I gladly accept the game.
Somewhere in Nagano
In Niigata, little time split
Niigata from the see
Sadogashima
Morning light
Eight side Pagoda in Sadogashima
Stop

Will you also play this game ? It makes you look even more your surrounding.


Ahijo!

Hello.
This is Yuka from Osaka Hana Hostel.

I had a year end party with Misaki who is my colleague of Osaka Hana Hostel in December of last year.

The bar we found by chance was so nice that we went there and ate a ahijo and a glass of sangria.
The name of the shop is "COMEDOR AJO" in Shinsaibashi.

In fact,because of I didn't chance to eat ahijo,I never tried before.
But now!I'm into ahijo.It's very delicious!
Go there and try delicious ahijo if you have a chance!

And I'm going to have a New Year's party this month with all of reception staff.

I want to eat it again at that time!




A Happy new year day!

Belated a happy new year everyone!

This is Shiori from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

By the way, how was your new year holidays?

Me? We had a party at J-hoppers Hiroshima on New year's Eve!💛

Originally I brace myself that I finish working at 22:00 on new year's eve and sleep at reception and start woking at 8:00 am on new year day. So everything like as usual!!


But Shiz chan and Haruko-san, Kie chan of our staff, and special little boss rickey came here and cooked okonomiyaki  and many things as volunteer for guests and me!!! 

 画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:1人、座ってる、テーブル、室内、食べ物

画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:13人、、スマイル、食事(複数の人)、座ってる(複数の人)、テーブル、食べ物、室内

So they made me my first of  year in 2018!! Thank you very much!😭😭😭

And also I appreciate the guests who joined us!!💓
We celebrated a new year by Scottish style!! It was so much fun and interesting.

After that we went to shrine to pray by Japanese style. 
 ''Wish I get marry and lose weight around -10kg in 2018. 👏👏👏''

 画像に含まれている可能性があるもの:13人、、スマイル、屋外 

I laughed a lot beginning of year!!😂  Thank you very much for everything!

May this year be full of smiles for everyone!! 

Tea Ceremony at Home

Hi! This is Nozomi from JHoppers Hiroshima.

Since my mother teaches tea ceremony, probably unlike most of Japanese family we often have maccha (green tea) at home.

We had it yesterday also.

Here is the photo of the tea and the sweet we had yesterday.


Tea ceremony has many branches but
* Omote Senke,
* Ura Senke and
* Mushano Koji Senke
are the main three branches nowadays.

My mother belongs to Ura Senke.
In Ura Senke, beat the green tea that the bubble (?) will be very small and smooth like the one in below picture.


The sweet was from my boyfriend. It is called "Kodai Yaki (means "ancient baked sweet")". A gift he brought from Nara prefecture. It was very very delicious!

Here is the close-up of "Kodai Yaki". 



And the package of the sweet :).


If you want to try green tea, you may find some useful information on this asoview site (sorry the site is in Japanese. Please have someone's help to find out the information you want!).

https://www.asoview.com/leisure/act0265/