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!!

Shimogamo shrine light festival

Shimogamo shrine is one of the world heritage site in Kyoto.
At there, special night event is held until September 2nd.

[Light festival in Tadasu no mori at the world heritage site of Shimogamo shrine]
Date: August 17th ~ September 2nd
Time: 6:30pm ~ 10pm (last admission 9:30pm)
Fee: 1,000 yen (weekday) / 1,200 yen (weekend)
*Must enter from south exit of Tadasu no mori (forest of Tadasu)*

Access from J-Hoppers: approx. 40-50 mins
 by train...10 mins walk ~ Keihan Railway Tofukuji station ~ Demachiyanagi station ~ 10mins walk
 by bus... from Kyoto station bus no. 4 or 205 ~ Shin-aoibashi

Get more info from official web site below;
https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/shimogamo-lightfestival2018/

Hello! This is Minshin from Kyoto Hana Hostel.
 
I went to Dōgo Onsen few weeks ago, a famous hot spring in Matsuyama, Ehime, on Shikoku, which is one of the oldest in Japan.

It’s especially known for Orange Producing with the character Mikyan.
 
It was ¥5,500 one round trip from KIX to MYJ by Peach Aviation, one way would have taken 40 minutes.
 
It has one historic Starbucks in Dougou station.
There will be a glass window enabling customers to enjoy the nostalgic sights of trains coming and going as well as the reinvigorating smell of coffee while they wait for their drinks.
 
The entrance of souvenir plaza.
 
The view from the room.
 
It made famous by the animation Spirited Away.
 
The breakfast on the morning of the check out day.
 
The symbolism of Dōgo Onsen.
 
One of the real Totoro bus stop in Dōgo Onsen.
 
A little mystery but stunning restaurant.
 
The rice with minced sea bream, tastes delicious like grandma.
 
The garden is a ten minute walk from Dōgo Onsen.
 

Do you like spicy food?

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, It's Kana here.
It's already in August and still getting hot everyday. How is your trip with this crazy hotness weather?please drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration.

Do you like spicy food? I am really into it last few months even it is really getting hot in here.
In Japan, when it is hot we tend to eat spicy foods. Even though we sweat a lot, to get more sweat we eat spicy food. (Maybe)

This is my favorite spicy food which I have it at least once a week.

"Shirunashi Tan Tan Men"


It's like a Ramen but without broth and quite spicy. It is originally from China. You can make how spicy it is by yourself which is quite interesting.  

It is like a Ramen without broth and it is hot.
Ramen is getting really popular every where in the world and there are so many Ramen lover.
If you are, please try Shirunashi Tan Tan Men and discover new Ramen!

You will love it!



Hiking in Norikura

Hi everyone,

It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.
It has been such a long time since I last posted on the blog !

And for come back I choose to speak about my last hike in Norikura.  A group of French customers came and we got along. They came to enjoy the Alps and wanted to go hiking before going to their next destination. So I introduces to them Kamikochi and Norikura. They enjoyed the idea and planned to go to Norikura on my day off, so I jumped on the chance to visit Norikura again with the strong will to go on the top : Kengamine peak.

That was without plan and just after a night shift and when we departed the next morning I was not really prepare for a hike wearing my everyday sneaker and a tank top (that will caused me a really sunburn) However, at was on the bus at 8:40 to reach the mountains, and we start hiking about 10:15 heading to the top. The condition was almost the best 16 degree Celsius and kind wind.

Tatamidaira viewed from the track to Kengamine
Tatamidaira is the highest bus stop in Japan
On the way we met a majority of Japanese people : highschoolers and hiking circle coming to conquer the 3,026m peak. The first half is really easy to walk, not really going up and offering good views.

Some eternal snow on the way
Can you see the meteorological building on the back ?

The Echo Line descending to Norikura Kogen

The French buddies of the day
Thank you so much for taking me with you
(Kengamine is visible ! The highest peak on the back)
Then you reach one hut before the beginning of the climb. This hut offer some lunch and sweet as well as public toilet. Once you pass through the hut here starts the really mountain hike, we only walked 30mn and have still a way to go ! The path changed from a vehicle used path to a more rough one.
Here starts the hiking path

Reaching the top ?
Looking behind, the clouds were coming from Takayama's side

Between the two peaks

The last struggle before the summit
The weather on Matsumoto side is so much better
From the top looking down to the trail 
From the top looking down to Norikura Kogen
 After having our lunch on the top with a Japanese group and another lone Japanese who speaks French, we headed back to Tatamidaira. We then walk on the really gentle Alpen flower park.
Alpen flower track is leisure walk easily accessible from Tatamidaira parking



 

Then the two guys waited for me and Tiphaine who decided to go to the top of Mahou peak to finish this hiking day.

On the way to Maho peak

The peak on the back is Kengamine viewed from Maho peak
We finally went down and board the 15:20 bus bring us back to Honokidaira and then Takayama. That was a great day and my only regret is the beautiful sunburn I got... It is not because the weather is cloudy on the temperature almost fresh that you are protected from the sun and UVs... Do not forget to protect yourself using sunscreen at least 2 or 3 times, and drink a lot.

We are looking forward to the start of our new tour in Norikura.
If you would like to go there we will be more than happy to introduce the mountains to you !