Feb 19, 2017

Enjoy Plum-blossoms!

Hi.This is Ena from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
What is your purpose of visiting Japan?
Recently,the cherry blossoms(Sakura) in Japan are super famous all over the world. It is said that the best time to see Sakura will be around Apr 4th in Hiroshima this year. 
 ☆Sakura Cherry Blossom Calendar Forecast for 2017(JPN)

As soon as the cherry blossom blooms, then the crowds will follow.
However, I personally think  plum-blossoms(Ume) are about as pretty as them.  
Ume (plum-blossoms)
The Shukkeien Japanese Garden in Hiroshima is known as a popular spot to admire beautiful plum-blossoms.There are over 100 plum-trees with red and white flowers in the garden.
NOW,they are in full bloom and you will be able to enjoy them till next weekend!
Before the SAKURA season,why don't you enjoy the Japanese spring with plum-blossoms without crowds? 
<The Shukkeien Japanese Garden (縮景園) >
About 10min Walk from JR Hiroshima Sta.
Or, take a sightseeing Loop Bus to Shukkeien stop
(FREE with a Japan Rail Pass) 

9AM-5PM (from Oct 1st to Mar 31st)
    9AM-6PM (from Apr 1st to Sept 30th)

◎Admission Fee
・Adult 260yen

・Students(High school and University students) 150yen
・Children (Elementary and Junior high school students)  100yen


Feb 17, 2017

New restaurant 2mins from Hana!

Hello! This is Tomomi from Hana hostel in Hirohsima.

Just 2mins from Hiroshima HANA, finally some ongoing construction finished and new restaurants have just opened.

Today I introduce one of the new restaurants:

They open from 7am to 11pm.
Since almost all the restaurants and shops near the Hiroshima station open from 10am, this place will be the good one to have breakfast. And I like their interior.

If you miss burger or steak in Japan, why don't you try this new restaurant!?:)

Morning: 7am-11am
Lunch  : 11am-3pm
Dinner  :3pm- 11pm(LO.22:30)

Feb 7, 2017

What sport do you like?

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel in Hiroshima. It’s Kana here.
January has already over …It’s February now… I just can’t believe it...Time flies…..super fast…

How was your first month of year 2017? Did you have good holiday with your family and friends?

What sport do you like?? What sport is the most popular in your country??

National sport in Japan is SUMO. And we, especially elder people love that. To be honest, I have never seen that, but if I have any opportunity to watch the SUMO game, I’d love to go and watch it!

But SUMO is quite hard to watch it. And quite expensive. Also hardly held the game in Hiroshima..

So let me introduce some other sport!!
I bet many people love BASKETBALL. We have local professional team in Hiroshima.
The name is


It is established in 2014. so actually quite new team. The head coach is one of the best player before becoming head coach. He is still very well known as the best player and I am one of his big fan!
There will be 4 games held in Hiroshima this month! You can’t miss it!!


★ Feb 11th Sat 14:00~
Feb 12th Sun 13:30~
Feb 25th Sat 14:00~
Feb 26thSun 13:30~

Hiroshima station Take truck #1
About 12minutes Get off at INOKUCHI station
About 5 minutes walk to SUNPLAZA HALL

The ticket available from 2600 yen! You can buy the ticket at the hall!!

I have been there couple times and I really enjoyed it! So I really really recommend it!

Jan 28, 2017

A unique Shinto ritual


Shinto ritual of Burned sardine 

There is a Shinto ritual at Sumiyoshi Shrine.
It's quite unique and very special one.
You should join them and enjoy original culture!!


DATE: 2017.2.3  (February 3rd)  14:00~
PLACE: Sumiyoshi Shrine
ACCESS: 5 minutes walk from Funairi saiwaicho tram stop


They try to force out disaster and illness and so on by
bad smell of burned sardine. It looks interesting.
You can also get a good luck charm like this!!

Jan 26, 2017

Experience Orizuru Campaign

Another popular sightseeing spot in Hiroshima, "Orizuru Tower" is giving you some special offer from this month!!

All you need to do is show your passport at the counter and you'll get 50% discount on your admission fee. This campaign also includes free Orizuru Wall posting.
You can experience traditional Origami paper work and enjoy the beautiful scenery from the observation deck.

The tower itself has other attractions such as Kimono experience, Calligraphy lessons and tea ceremony and so on. Discount tickets for the lessons are also available at J Hoppers Hiroshima :)
If you are interested in Japanese cultures, this is the best place to visit NOW!!

【Eligible for】
Tourists from Overseas

2017.Jan.3.Tues ~ 2017.Jun.30.Fri

Have a wonderful experience of making Orizuru, one of the Japanese culture, and share it on SNS to get 50% discount.

Admission Fee + OrizuruWall Posting Fee
・Adult(+18)   ¥2,200 → ¥1,100
・Teen(12-17years)  ¥1,400 → ¥700
・Youth(6-11years)  ¥1,200 →  ¥600
・Preschool(4-5years)  ¥1,000 →  ¥500

Visit their website below for more information;

Jan 16, 2017


ZENKOKU DANSHI EKIDEN is taking place on January 22nd (SUN) in HIROSHIMA


It start at 12:30pm from in front of peace park!!

**Passing estimated time**

in front of peace park 12:30~ (start)
Nishi Hiroshima station 12:37~

Maezora station 13:28(turnaround point)
Miyajimaguchi station 13:33~
Peace park 14:50~

クリックすると新しいウィンドウで開きます 区間と距離/7区間48.0km

Let's root for runners !! 

※Please be careful of traffic control.

Dec 26, 2016

New Year's Day @ Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

It is already now at the end of December....
Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?

On New Year's Day many Japanese go to the shrine to worship.
If you are coming to Hiroshima for those days, why don't you go to Gokoku Shrine?
Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine(広島護国神社) is a Shinto shrine  next to Hiroshima Castle.Every year many people.... more than 600,000 people visit there in the first three days of the new year for Hatsumode(初詣),the first visit of the year to a shrine.

This is how we worship at shrines;
1) Ring the bell
2) Throw change gently in the offering box
3) Two bows,
    two claps and one bow

Opening Hours
*Dec 31st   ~24:00

*Jan 1st    0:00~23:00
*Jan 2nd  8:00~22:00
*Jan 3rd  8:00~22:00

◎Dec 31st(大晦日 Oomisoka)

17:00~ 大祓式・除夜祭 
    New Year's Eve  Celemony

◎Jan 1st (元旦 Gantan) 

0:00~ 初神楽奉奏(巫女舞) Kagura

10:00~ 歳旦祭 New Year's Day Celemony

◆Access Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine
Take a Tram No.2 or 6 to Kamiyacho-Higashi stop from Hiroshima Sta.
Another 8min walk to the shrine

Have a good New Year's holiday!

** Be Careful ! **

The Peace Memorial Museum will be closed 
on Dec 30th and 31st.