Jun 23, 2018

Where to visit in Aichi (Nagoya) ?

Are you keen on traveling around the world but no time and no money for that ?
Here's the best place for you to explore the world in just one day !

Aiichi (Its capital is Nagoya) has fascinating theme park , what is called " Little World". It might reminds you of World Expo and you can walk through the park with the sight of houses of each countries and lean what their living like !
More interestingly, you can enjoy food each countries or dress in costumes and take pictures !  My friend and I tried Indian and Indonesian outfits !

Access from Kyoto : 35mins Shinkansen ride and get to Nagoya station
25mins train ride(Meitetsu Inuyama Line) and get to Inuyama station
20mins bus ride(Gifu Bus) and to get to Little World


The more people you have in your group, the more fun and enjoyable!!
Enjoy your time in Aichi Prefecture !!

Jun 22, 2018

New cutual center called "Neo Sujin"

I don't consider myself as "trend hunter" but my friends in Kyoto always bring me to all the new hot area!

My new favorite spot to hang out is called "Neo Sujin" (Sujin Shinmachi in Japanese) which is located pretty close to Kyoto station, 15 to 20 mins walk from J-Hoppers Kyoto.

I would say it's food stand complex or outdoor dining, which has large number of seats both inside and outside, including standing area in front, and fire place on the back, cool tipi tent as a smoking room!
And their food/drink selection is great - you can enjoy Kyoto burger to local delicacy called Choboyaki which looks similar to Takoyaki, to craft beer to organic wine!

It's not just a dining space, they sometimes have cultural event like Rakugo Japanese sit-down comedy, live-paint, coffee tasting and so on. They even have a Kimono rental shop!

Interesting (and sad) fact about this place is actually they are closing in 2 years when they relocate Kyoto university of art, so you better be hurry!

And surprising to see that they have been already listed on Google Maps saying "Neo sujin town open air beer garden" which is nice! I like it!

Apr 24, 2018


Kyoto never failed to impress me with many cultural things to offer all year around.

Kyotographie is one of my favorite events of the year - annual photo exhibition throughout the city from mid April to mid May, and the biggest reason why I'm so intrigued is the venues of this event. You can enter the world of "unreal" in this touristic city through Kyotographie.

Some of the unique locations this year:
Kyoto Shimbun B1, Former Printing Plant
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Sazanga-Kyu(Former Ice Factory)

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Kyoto City Central Wholesale Market, Bldg No. 10, 11 south wall
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You can visit all the cool places that are usually closed and forgotten, it's so inspiring!

Until 13th May

Apr 20, 2018

Very last chance for HANAMI this year

I visited HARADANIEN in the middle of April to enjoy HANAMI(cherry blossom viewing) for the very last chance this year!
HARADANIEN is located northern part of city and in the middle of residential area apart from busy touristic places.

There are more than 20 types of cherry blossom trees along with some seasonal flowers on the ground.
One sakura hit the peak of bloom in early April but some are at the end of April so you can enjoy sakura for a whole month here.

Those are from 10th April when I visited.

This garden is opened in public until this Sunday the 22nd.
Apparently, you can still enjoy a late blooming sakura !

Go and visit cherry blossom paradise and enjoy the very last HANAMI ;)

Apr 13, 2018

Wisterias in Toba & Azaleas in Keage

 After the cherry blossoms, wisterias & azaleas gonna bloom in Kyoto.
There are pretty popular places to see them where open for public only 5 days in a year, at the best season!

【Wisterias in Toba】
Place: Toba Water Environment Protection Center
Date: 26th April - 30th April
Time: 10am - 4pm (last admission at 3:30pm)
Access from our guesthouse: Direct bus from Kyoto station

【Azaleas in Keage】
Place: Keage Water Purification Plant
Date: 2nd May - 6th May
Time: 10am - 4pm (last admission at 3:30pm)
Access from our guesthouse: Subway Kujo station - (transfer at Karasuma Oike station) - Keage station

 We still have some availability for some of these days, why don't you come to Kyoto to see not only temples & shrines but beautiful flowers as well?

Mar 4, 2018

Nikomi dishes (Stewed dishes)

Hello, this is Saho  from JHoppers Kyoto.

I am asked what is reasonable and approachable traditional Japanese dishes apart from wagyu or Kaiseki.
My answer would be homemade style cooking that can be easily cooked and served at home.

One of my recommendable restaurant in Kyoto is "Nikomi Suzuya" and they serve Japanese home cooking at shop.
Most of the dishes they offer are stewed dishes, such as stewed vegetables , eggs, tofu (soybean curd) etc.... Japanese curry is also one of the popular stewed dishes.

If you are looking for reasonable Japanese meals, this is a place to go :)


Feb 28, 2018

Kyoto Deep Friday Night

Some travelers are up for going-out in Kyoto..."where should I go on Friday night?" that's the question they sometimes ask me.

It really varies depending on their style or mood, some people prefer having fancy quiet night sipping whiskey at dim speakeasy bar, some prefer dancing like crazy, some prefer rocking at Karaoke.

One Friday night - me, my friends and some of our guests decided to go see Drag Show at Metro in Jingu Marutamachi station.

A drag show is an entertainment which is performed by drag artists.
Many drag shows feature performers singing or lip-synching to songs while performing a pre-planned pantomime, or dancing. The performers often don elaborate costumes and makeup, and sometimes dress to imitate various famous opposite sex singers or personalities. And some events are centered around drag, such as Southern Decadence where the majority of festivities are led by the Grand Marshals, who are traditionally drag queens. (wikipedia)

 So it begins - entrance is 2,000yen including one drink ticket (two drink tickets for foreigners and students!), and we waited for the show chatting up and dancing to warm up.

It was so much fun seeing the show which was very artistic and fascinating! The drag queens entertained people with their dance and lip-synching, sometimes giving people flowers!

Metro is one of the coolest clubs I've been to, and chosen as one of the most unique clubs in the world!

People there were very chill and friendly, we met some tourists but most of them were locals/students. You can for sure make some friends!

About Drag Show:
"Diamonds are forever" last Friday of the month