Mar 18, 2017

Let's go see Yozakura!! 🌸


Cherry blossom season's is just around the corner!! 

In spring time in Japan, lots of people like to go out and have picnics underneath cherry blossom trees.

Cherry blossom at day time is so nice, but at night time is also nice and more romantic, beautiful!!

There is a lovely event "Cherry blossom ’yozakura’ night viewing"in Shukkei-en garden at night.

The many varieties of cherry blossom in  Shukkei-en garden  illuminated after dark.


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 DATE : March 24th-April 9th.


The garden is opened until 9 pm *admission is until 30 min before clothing.

In Hiroshima is still little cold at night, so please keep warm when you go to shukkei-en garden :)



Mar 14, 2017

Go Crazy! Be Irish!!

One of the big n' special holidays in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is coming up on the 17th of March!

The most popular Irish pub in Hiroshima, "Molly Malone's" is throwing a party on the very day this year!

When guests ask me "where should we go for a drink tonight?" I never missed saying "Molly Malone's!!" (except for Mondays cuz they're closed on Mondays lol)
This place is one of my favorite places to chill out with my friends and enjoy delicious food in the cool, Irish atmosphere.

If you are in Hiroshima on the 17th and feel like having fun being Irish, visit this place!

The party starts at 5pm, and they'll also have DJ Matt as a guest who will play several music for the party from 8pm on the day.

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day with cool people, music and many green things at Molly Malone's!

Visit their website for more information: http://www.mollymalones.jp/

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? 
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<The Shukkeien Japanese Garden (縮景園) >
Access
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

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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:
NICK STOCK(HOT DOG STEAK CAFE).


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!?:)

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NICK STOCK(HOT DOG STEAK CAFE).
Morning: 7am-11am
Lunch  : 11am-3pm
Dinner  :3pm- 11pm(LO.22:30)
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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

 “Dragonflies”


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!!

@ SUNPLAZA HALL

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

Access
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

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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!!

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

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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

【Period】
2017.Jan.3.Tues ~ 2017.Jun.30.Fri

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

【Fee】
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;
http://www.orizurutower.jp/en/events/316/