Dec 30, 2011

Dec.31 (Sun) J-Hoppers Hiroshima New Year's Party 2012 !!!

It's been really busy towards the end of the year. Time flies so fast!!!

We are going to throw a New Year's Eve party on the 31st of December. We are going to have SUKIYAKI this time :):) And then we make some Toshikoshi Soba to celebrate the New Year! Toshikoshi Soba is a Japanese noodle dish which we eat on the New Year's Eve to wish for health and longevity in the year to come. And after the midnight, we will go to a shrine pray as well.

We still have some private rooms and dorm beds available for tomorrow. Book now and join us the fun New Year's party!

We hope everyone had a great 2011 and hope your 2012 will be filled with lots of laughter!

Dec 28, 2011

Bouncy Castle “Fuwa Fuwa” Festival

Called the Fuwa-Fuwa Kids Festival, this is a very popular (get there early), family fun event held every year in the main area of the Green Arena concert hall (behind the old Hiroshima baseball stadium). The event is held over 3 days, January 2nd~5th from 10am to 5pm each day. The busiest times are from 11am to 2pm, but it will likely be fairly busy no matter when you go.

There are Japanese Food stalls outside, special events held on the stage inside with popular anime characters who will perform shows and pose for photos with kids throughout each day. The biggest highlight of course is the huge bouncy castles, there are 26 different air-filled rides to enjoy. Prices: (save 100 yen if you buy tickets before hand. Entry ticket of 600 yen or 1500 yen for a family (up to 4 members)
Ride tickets cost 1,000 yen for 11 tickets or get unlimited rides with a “free passport” for 2,500 yen

Dec 15, 2011

2011,Dec.18th and 19th "BANK ROBBER"@The Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch

2011,Dec.18th and 19th "BANK ROBBER"@The Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch


The building is one of the historic building of Hiroshima.
It's gonna be a fun night!!
Charge free!!That's nice!!It takes around 15mins walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!

Book the bed and let's enjoy the party together!!!

The ski season is also upon us and I will be heading out to as many of Hiroshima ski fields as the winter pregresses. Its a bit early in the season now but rest assured, there will be plenty of good day to be had in the coming months.

This is a mountain I skied many time last season. It is only a 1 hours drive from Hiroshima city and if you get up there on a week day, you can have a lot of terrain to yourself. Just the way we like it. There are sometimes cheap tickets for sale on line, so have a shop around and see whats what!

Now what ever you level, all of the ski fields around Hiroshima have all kinds of runs for all kinds of preferences. I would prefer it if they would just rip away the ropes and let us tear up all the terrain. But here in Japan you have to make safety the number one priority.

Nov 11, 2011

Nov.17-Jan.03 Hiroshima Dreamination 2011

This is one of Hiroshima's biggest draws of the winter season and is becoming a one of the city's biggest yearly attractions. Peace Boulevard and parts of the city center will be illuminated with thousands of colored light bulbs to what some think are somewhat tasteless effect and to others are exciting and fun!

This is such a pretty sight site.
It is always crowded with lots of families and couples the last weeks. So if you would like to take good photos, go there in November or early December!

November 17, 2011 - January 3, 2011
17:30 - 22:30 everyday

Nov 6, 2011

2011,Nev 18th -20th Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival!!

Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebessan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy who Komazarae bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and a treasure ship. A large keg with mouth wide open is placed in front of the shrine to receive offerings.
The festival usually pulls in around 300,000 people.
Usually on one day final day the main Chuo-dori road is closed to traffic for 3 hours between 7pm and 10pm and addition to all the stalls and activity arund Ebisu shrine there are two stages set up, one at the Ebisu-dori intersection and another at the Shintenchi intersection where kagura dance and taiko drum performances are held.

We still some bed in the female and mixed dormitory room and some private rooms available !!
Book now and why don't go to the festival????

Address:In the streets surrounding Ebisu ShrineBehind the Hachobori Tenmaya

Oct 23, 2011


The biggest Halloween party in Hiroshima will be held this Saturday night at Club Chinatown! it's organized by our friend, Jaimie and now in his the 12th year!
Costume Contest at midnight with great prizes from local bars, restaurants and businesses, plus spot prizes all night!
Charity photos by Flo! Proceeds to UNICEF.
Saturday, October 29th 21:00-5:00
2000円 Includes 1 free drink

Oct 20, 2011

Oct. 22 (Sst) SURGE&COA @ Bar Edge

Saturday October 22nd, 2011 @ Bar Edge

Open/Start 21:30
ADV. 1500yen (with one drink and CD)
DOOR 1500yen (with one drink)

DJ's jito murakami cu shio ca2 nono yas.

Sound System:
Deep House, Tech House, Progressive Tribal,
Crossover, Jazz House, Garage, Classic, Dub etc

Oct 18, 2011

2011,Oct 29th,30th Hiroshima Food festival!!!

Lots and lots of food, cooking demos, displays, flea market, kagura and culture displays... and a few hundred thousand people looking for free samples in and around Hiroshima Castle.

Over 300 booths from 23 towns and cities in the prefecture will be hawking everything from beef to oysters around Hiroshima Castle, in the Shareo shopping bunker and around Pacela.

Over in Chuo Park will be the international festival which, now in its 26th year, has been absorbed by this monster event!!

Date & Time: Oct. 29th(Sat) and 30th(Sun) 10:00 - 17:00

15 minute walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!Book hostel now and let's go to the festival!!!!

Oct 4, 2011

Oct. 8(Sat) & 9(Sun) Saijo Sake Festival 2011

Saijo is one of the big three Sake breweries in Japan
and they have a big Sake Festival in every fall.

You can taste 900 kinds of Sake from all over Japan
for only 1500 yen!!! (1800yen on the day)

There are so many different booths for food and drink,
also they serve the traditional local food called "BISAKE Nabe. "
(Japanese style hot pot with sake)

Lots of events at the breweries as well.

Enjoy and get drunk all day!!!

Date and Time: October 8th 11:00-21:00
October 10th 10:00-17:00

Place: Saijo city (around Saijo JR station)
It takes about 40 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station

Sep 26, 2011

2011,September 27th ORGANZA Dinner show!!!

2011,September 27th ORGANZA Dinner show!!!

「Tomoko Shimazaki」

One of our favorite cafe n bar Organza.
They have
regular show which is called 'Organza Dinner show'

The guest is Tokomo Shimazaki.
She plays the piano and sing a song.
There are some art works in the cafe at the same time!

Date :September 27th
Time:20:00 21:00(2 stages)
Fee:Admission Free!!!!!!

It only 5 minutes from J-Hopeprs Hiroshima to ORGANZA.
Come and stay and then go to the dinner show together!!

Sep 25, 2011

Sept.29 (Thu) Hiking & Cycling along the Shimanami Kaido

Fall has just arrived in Hiroshima and it is the perfect season for biking!

Simanami Kaido is well known as one of the best bridges for biking with the beautiful landscape of the Inland sea and islands.

Why don't you join the Day Tour? It is very reasonable price now!

Please check the following link for the details:

The tour starts with a 15 minute boat ride from Mihara port along the calm water of the Inland Sea. At Innoshima Island we climb Mt. Shirataki, a small mountain (227 meters, 750 feet) to see 700 Buddhist statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and neighboring islands. After lunch, we bike 17 km (10 miles) along the coast and cross a beautiful 790-meter (2600-feet) cable bridge to Ikuchi island. After a short break at a local sherbet shop, we arrive at Setoda where our tour ends.

Tour Date:

Sept.29 (Thu)

Tour Fee:

Guide Fee: JP¥3,000 JP¥1,500 Monitor Price!!
Ferry from Mihara to Innoshima: JP¥780
Bike Rental: JP¥1,500


5 hours 15 minutes

Meeting Time & Point:

10:00 am at JR Mihara Station South Exit

Finishing Time & Point:

3:15 pm at Setoda Port at Ikuchi Island

TONIGHT!!! Sept. 25(Sun) Kaurismaki Night @ Organza

J-Hoppers Hiroshima's favorite cafebar, Organ-za has a live night tonight!

Five piece band from Tokyo playing Japanesque Romani tunes do two sets.

They play at Organza every year and people always enjoy their world of music...

There is no charge, but you are expected to buy a drink and/or some food. If you like the music, please drop something in the hat.

Shows at 20:00 and 21:00.

Just 5 mins walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

Aug 28, 2011

TONIGHT!!! Aug.28 (Sun) Golden Ska Beat @ Mugen

Japanese ska bands and DJ night TONIGHT!!!
@Mugen 19:00-03:00

JIN (from understanding)
OSAMU (from understanding)

Must be lots of fun... DON'T MISS IT!!!

Adv: ¥2500 (plus one ¥500 drink)
Door: ¥3000 (plus one ¥500 drink)

Sept.02 (Fri) Mokoto at Viberation Base @ Sacred Spirits

Good Looking Records man in Japan, DJ Makoto, is bringing his soulful drum and bass sound to Sacred Spirits.

Makoto plays a distinctive style that is in a far smoother groove than the nosebleed-inducing drum and bass still most common in Hiroshima's clubs, but still has plenty of oomph. Get an idea from the mix below. Sure to sound fantastic on the Sacred Spirits sound system.

Admission: Advance ¥1500 Door ¥2000

Place: Sacred Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)

Date & Time: September 2nd 22:00-05:00

Aug 25, 2011

2011/August 31st(WED)Sandankyo Gorge Trekking!!

2011/August 31st(WED)Sandankyo Gorge Trekking!!

Sandankyo Gorge is a must to visit for those who want to heal in Nature. Sandankyo Gorge is located about 75 minutes away from Hiroshima Bus Center, (Kamiya-cho) by expressway bus. It is beyond description to trek near waterfalls and ride a tour boat. We sell monitor tickets including bus, lunch and spa on limited dates.

Tour Dates:

Aug.17(Wed), Aug.24(Wed) & Aug.31(Wed)

Tour Fee:

Adult (aged 12 years old or older) JP¥4,300 (English-speaking) foreign monitor: JP¥2,800 JP¥1,000
* Chugoku Regional Research Center makes up balance in thanks for the survey on inbound tourism.
Child (aged from 6 to 11 years old) JP¥2,700


Expressway bus with express toll, lunch and spa

Departure Time & Place:

8:00 am from the ticket window of Hiroshima Bus Center

Return Time:

4:20 pm to Hiroshima Bus Center


8:18 am; Depart on Platform 7 of Hiroshima Bus Center.
9:33 am; Arrive at Sandankyo Gorge.
* Sandankyo Gorge trekking, tour boat riding in Kurobuchi, lunch near Kurobuchi and spa at Sandankyo Hotel.
3:00 pm; Depart from Sandankyo Gorge.
4:20 pm; Arrive at Hiroshima Bus Center.

Ticket Issue

Hiroshima Electric Railway Co, Ltd.


* Wear athletic shoes or climbing shoes because some paths are slippery.
* Watch your step because the paths are narrow without railing. For safety reason the elderly must be careful and an attending adult must hold the child’s hand.
* Strollers or any wheeled vehicles are difficult to handle on the paths of Sandankyo Gorge

Related Information


Please e-mail Mr. Sakamoto (tour assistant) at

Reserve Before:

5 pm on the previous date of the tour

2011,September 3rd(SAT) Shinobue flute&Itsukushima shirine

2011,September 3rd(SAT) Shinobue flute&Itsukushima shirine

In the evening, the island of Miyajima is very beautiful. Let’s visit the famous Itsukushima Shrine, with an English-speaking guide, visit a maze-like town of Miyajima, then, as we wait for the sunset, visit this intimate gallery café, Genshu, and enjoy a “shinobue” recital.

  • A guided tour in English to Itsukushima Shrine
  • A guided tour in English in the maze-like town of Miyajima
  • A shinobue flute recital at a gallery café in Miyajima

Tour Date:

September 3(Sat)

Meeting times / places / fees:

1. Itsukushima Shrine tour(2:30 pm – 3:45 pm): Meet at 2:30 pm at the Miyajima ferry terminal.
Guide fee: ¥1,000 + Admission to Itsukushima Shrine: ¥300
(Those who join the town walk will be offered a small tea break for free after the shrine tour.)
2. Miyajima town walk (4:30 pm- 5:40 pm): Those who join from the town walk, please meet at 4:30 pm at the stone gate of Itsukushima Shrine. We will visit a 150-year old house and others.
Guide fee: ¥1,000 (Comfortable walking shoes recommended.)
3.Shinobue recital (6:00 pm – around 7:10 pm): If you are not in the shrine tour or the town walk, please meet at 5:45 pm at the Miyajima ferry terminal.
Recital: ¥1,500 yen including a drink
(For those who participate in all of these three tours, the total tour fee will be discounted by ¥500 to ¥3,300.)

Finishing Time & Place:

Around 7:10 pm at the café


Please email to or call Ms. Takami.

Reserve Before:

By noon, September 3.
(The maximum number of participants: 15) In case of typhoon, these tours will be cancelled.

Aug 19, 2011

☆★☆MUGEN DOVE ME CRAZY!August 20th☆★☆

2011/August 20th(Sat) 23:00 START 2F

Ticket ADM 2500YEN(With 1Drink)

DOOR 2500YEN(1Drink Order)

They have many special guests from Nagoya, Osaka Yamaguchi in Japan!
You should enjoy your Sat night in Hiroshima!!

☆★☆MUGEN HUG A SPEAKER!August 19th!☆★☆

2011/August 19th(Friday) 22:00 START 2F

Ticket MEN : DOOR1000YEN(With 1Drink)

LADY : No Charge!!!



It's walkable distance from J-Hoppers Hiroshima! Get drink and enjoy your night in Hiroshima and have good sleep at here after drink!!

Aug 15, 2011

Aug 19th (FRI) Dynamic Kagura Night Tour!!!!

Aug 19th (FRI) Dynamic Kagura Night Tour!!!!

See a Kagura performance in Akitakata city under the retro atmosphere of the olden days in Japan.

Kagura dance traces its roots back to Shinto and was performed in rituals in ancient times. Over the ages, Kagura has evolved into several variations and styles. In particular, the area around the northern part of Hiroshima, Kagura was developed into a popular form of entertainment by adding dramatic performances. You can enjoy seeing a Kagura performance, trying on a Kagura costume and taking photos. You can also enjoy a spa and dinner. Experience an authentic Japanese-style of entertainment!

Tour Fee:

JP¥6,000 JP¥3,000 (including microbus with expressway toll, admission of Kagura, JP¥1,000 meal coupon, travel insurance, English brochure of Kagura Monzen Toji Mura and tax.)
* You can use the meal coupon at all restaurants in Kagura Monzen Toji Mura.
* The coupon is available to use on the day only.
* An additional fee is required to take a spa.

Adult (aged 14 years or older): JP¥700 Child (aged 4-12 years old): JP¥400
Infant (under 4 years old): Free
Sales Towel: JP¥100 Rental Bath Towel: JP¥100


5 hours


5:30 pmPick up in front of Hotel Granvia Hiroshima (on bus terminal side)
5:45 pmPick up at Oriental Hotel Hiroshima.
6:00 pmPick up at Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima.
7:00 pm Arrive at Kagura Monzen Toji Mura
8:30 pmSee a Kagura performance and try on its costume.
Photographs are allowed during the trail fitting.
10:00 pmDepart from Kagura Monzen Toji Mura
11:00 pmGet off at Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima.
11:15 pmGet off at Oriental Hotel Hiroshima.
11:30 pmGet off at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.

If you are interested in this tour,we can make a reservation for you!!
So please book a room at J-Hoppers Hiroshima first and come to the reception!!!

(Please note that this is not J-Hoppers hostel's tour!!)

Aug 6, 2011

Aug 8(Mon) Kataribe - Real Story by an Atomic Bomb Victim "Keijiro Matsushima"

"So you saw the mushroom cloud. I was underneath it."
Keijiro Matsushima (A-bomb survivor)

August 6th. A significant date in the history of Japan and the world.
It is on, and around, this date that thousands of tourists from overseas, and foreigners living in Japan, head to Hiroshima to visit the museum and attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony.

This year, however, will be a little different.......

On Monday August 8th, there will be a rare chance to meet a survivor of the A-bomb at Tengu Gallery (Hondori).
Keijiro Matsushima was 16 when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
He will give his testimony of what happened on that fateful day in ENGLISH and there will be a Q&A session afterwards.

So to foster understanding, and in the hope that this atrocity is never repeated, why not come along and listen to Matsushima's story?
Matsushima gives a human face to the A-bombing tragedy.

Join the dialogue with Matsushima san.


Date : Monday, August 8
Time : 6:30pm open / 7:00pm start / 8:30pm end
Place : Gallery Tengu Square (Otemachi 1-5-12, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi)
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Admission : Free
About : "Kataribe", a storyteller, Keijiro Matsushima recounts his personal atomic bomb experiences in ENGLISH.
A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

The capacity of the gallery is limited to only 20.
So we add you to the list if you push "Attending".
If you want to bring someone else, please let us know by writing on this event wall.
* Hearing a-bomb victim's speech in english is a really rare chance, so please understand we invite only foreigners to this event.

Keijiro Matsushima - Kataribe (Storyteller)

Born in Hiroshima City in 1929 (82 years old).
He was 16-years-old when the atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
At that time, he was inside a school building that was only two kilometers away from the epicenter.
He taught English in junior high school after the World War II.
After his retirement, he has been active as "Kataribe," a storyteller who recounts his personal atomic bomb experiences to younger generations.

Gallery Tengu Square
Otemachi 1-5-2, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Japan

19:00 - 20:30

Jul 28, 2011

2011August 6th DJ Krush at Hilbert Effect@Mugen

DJ Krush celebrates 20 years in the business of making and playing beats and soundscapes in July in Tokyo. The following week he visits Hiroshima for the first time in quite a few years, playing at Mugen on the anniversary of the A-bombing.

Read a recent interview with Time Out Tokyo where he talks about his musical journey - and a bit on drum and bass would you believe.

The main guest is likely to overshadow everything else, but the event is actually an album release party for local DJ K-Tee on Big Bang Recordings.

Support DJs and live acts

  • 甘葉
  • 大将&DJ Vita-Mill
  • 耕平
  • 09
  • DJ Bahn
  • DJ K-TEE

Adv: ¥2500 (plus one ¥500 drink order)
Door: ¥3000 (plus one ¥500 drink order)
Advance ticket reservations can be made by sending your name, telephone number and number of tickets required to

(mugen gourudo)
2F & 3F Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi

Jul 9, 2011


The rain season is finally OVER in Hiroshima!
It will be just getting hotter and hotter..
Speaking of summer in Japan is..FIREWORK! Hiroshima held many Fireworks events during summer.You should definitely enjoy one of big summer event in Hiroshima. Dress up in YUKATA and enjoy beautiful fireworks!

Here is a information of Fireworks events! Check it out!!


Mihara city: Numata-Hongo Summer Fes.  20:35-21:00
Miyoshi city: Miyoshi Fireworks Fes.  20:00-21:30
Hiroshima city: Hiroshima port Fireworks Fes.  20:00-21:00
Onomichi city: Innoshima Island Fireworks Fes.  20:30-21:00

Onomichi city: Onomichi Fireworks Fes.  19:30-21:30
Kure city: Kure Sea Fireworks Fes.  20:00-21:00


Mihara city: Mihara Fireworks Fes.  20:00-21:50
Hatsukaichi city: Miyajima Fireworks Fes.  19:50-20:50

Fukuyama city: Fukuyama Ashida river Fireworks Fes.  19:30-20:45

Onomichi city: Innoshima Island Marine Fire Fes.  20:45-21:00
Aki-takata city: Aki Takata Fireworks Fes.  19:30-20:30

Shobara city: Shobara Fireworks Fes.  19:30-20:30

!! Schedules may change !!

Jul 5, 2011

July 17(Sun) Cosplay Party in Hiroshima♪

Cosquerade is an event dedicated to Japanese pop culture.if you like anime,Manga or Cosplay,this is the place for you!Join this cosplay party! Everyone is welcome!!

Jun 8, 2011

☆★☆Firework Event ☆★☆

Please Join our fireworks Event!

We will have great Udon for dinner and off to enjoy fireworks! It will be great experience for everyone!

Jun 6, 2011

Hiroshima Carp games@ Mazda Stadium in June

7 more games to go @ Mazda stadium in June.

☆16th(18:00-) vs. Rakuten Golden Eagles
17th(occasional date)

☆19th(13:30-) vs.Nippon Ham Fighters

☆26th(13:30-) vs. Chunichi Dragons

It is inter-league match period, so you can enjoy special food about opposite teams.

Lots of our guests love to go to baseball match.
Even they did not know the match until they arrive, they came back with excitement.
Baseball is one of the most famous sports in Japan, and people in Hiroshima really love Hiroshima Carp. You can feel their enthusiasm at the stadium. I am sure that you will enjoy watching baseball not only on TV but also @ the stadium.

so make your plan!!!

June 7th (Tue)Indian music night at Organ-za

June 7th (Tue)Indian music night at Organ-za

Yoshida Daikichi and U-zhaan play sitar and tabla at Organza.

Adv: ¥2500 (plus one drink or food order)
Door ¥3000 (plus one drink or food order)

Hiroshima shi, Naka-ku 1-4-32 Tokaichi-machi
Morimoto Bld 2F (next to the Shell GS

Organza is once of my favorite cafe n bar in Hiroshima!!!

You shouldn't miss itttttttt!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 3, 2011

June 5 (Sun)- Hiroshima Streetcar Festival-

Hiroshima Streetcar Festival

Hiroden opens up its Senda-machi yard to display its many trams collected from around the world. Kids can check out the trams up close from every angle, and older tramspotters can get deeper insights into all things tram.

Hiroden Senda-machi Yard

05 June 10:00 - 16:00 Hrs

For more information:

May 20, 2011

May 21(Sat) The Shack: Final Blowout!

The Shack is shutting up shop this weekend. It will be sorely missed by many in Hiroshima and its closing is going to leave quite a hole in the local nightlife scene.

Go wish them "otsukaresama" and get some great deals on the final night this Saturday.

Open for regular business 18:00 - 22:00 with most of the usual menu, with the exception of the salad bar, available.

From 22:00 things shift into blowout mode with all you can drink for ¥2000 for men and ¥1500 for women, or individual drinks for ¥500 (¥300 for soft drinks).

Food will be free from 22:00 until it runs out!

Last orders are at 02:30.

May 19, 2011

May 20th (Fri) TAKOYAKI Party @J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse

May 20th (Fri) TAKOYAKI Party @J-Hoppers Hiroshima guesthouse

Hi there!!This is Chika from J-Hoppers.
We are going to threw a Takoyaki Party (
Japanese snack containing octopus)on May 20th at J-Hoppers Hiroshima gusethouse!!!
You don't like octopus??No problem at all!We will prepare another ingredients for you!
It cost 200yen for each.Plz bring your own drink!!
If you wanna join us,please call and booking first!

We are all waiting for your entry!Come and have fun together!!!!

Takoyaki night
@J-Hoppers hiroshima

May 21st (Sat)No TV Party ON!!!☆TAKU TAKAHASHI@Mugen∞5610

May 21st (Sat)No TV Party ON!!!☆TAKU TAKAHASHI@Mugen∞5610

☆TAKU TAKAHASHI of m-flo is the big guest behind the decks at NOtv PARTYon this Saturday on Mugen 5610. Loads of local DJs too, on both floors. Should be a big one!

Support DJs

  • M-TECH
  • LOOP
Host DJs
  • KCH of JAM
Adv ¥3000 (plus one ¥500 drink order)
Door: ¥3500 (plus one ¥500 drink order)

(mugen gourudo)
2F & 3F Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi

May 15, 2011

☆★☆Tokasan Festival / Yukata Festival☆★☆

June 3rd(Fri)~June 5th (Sun)

With its nearly 400-year tradition, the Tokasan Festival is one of the three major festivals in Hiroshima. The Chuo-dori area around Enryuji Temple, which is located in Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, is crowded with many people with many stalls lining the street. This festival is also well-known as marking when people in Hiroshima are supposed to begin wearing yukata (casual summer kimono). Many people in elegant yukata with various patterns, such as flowers and vivid geometrical shapes, can be seen at the venue.

Concurrent with the opening of the Tokasan Festival, the Yukata Festival is held in the central area of Hiroshima City. This festival is enlivened with dance performances and stage events. There are also some corners for yukata dressing or fixing a yukata that has come loose (free of charge).

J-Hoppers Hiroshima sellsyukata!!

  • Male 3500 Yen
  • Female 4000 Yen
Let's get dressed in yukata and enjoy Japanese traditional festival together!!

Place Enryuji Temple, Chuo-dori, etc.

☆Fukuyama Tonoura fireworks event in Bentenjima Island☆

May 31 (Saturday), the next day if it rains

In the end of May, when early summer comes to the Seto Inland Sea, fireworks are displayed in the sky of Benten-jima Island.

Have you ever watched any Hayao Miyazaki movie? He rented a house in Tomonoura, in which he stayed for two months in 2005 for movie "PONYO".

There are night stalls open on the opposite shore, and the colorful illumination reflected on the sea lends a unique atmosphere to this port town. Enjoy fire works with nice food from night stalls!!

Period : May 31 (Saturday), the next day if it rains
Venue : Tomonoura Benten-jima Island (Tomo-cho, Fukuyama City)
Time : 18:40 - 20:30
Inquiries : Fukuyama Tomonoura Benten-jima Fireworks Festival Committee Bureau (in Tourism Division, Economic Affairs Department, Economic Environment Bureau of Fukuyama City) TEL(084)928-1042・1043

May 12, 2011

May 14 (Sat) Nou dancing in Onomich

This is a performance of Nou dancing with Japanese traditional music dedication exercise of a peach blossom.

Date:14th of May
FEE :3500yen

It takes about 70min to Onomich town from Hiroshima JR station.

May 9, 2011

April.30(Sat) - May.13(Sat) American Movies "THE RUNAWAYS" & "A SERIOUS MAN"

Two American movies are now showing at Salon Cinema.
(About 30mins by tram from J-Hoppers Hiroshima)

●●●● THE RUNAWAYS ●●●●
2010 American bio-pic about the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name. The film was written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, who based the screenplay on the book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by the band's original lead vocalist Cherie Currie. Dakota Fanning plays Currie, Kristen Stewart plays rhythm guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett, and Michael Shannon plays record producer Kim Fowley. The film depicts the formation of the band in 1975 and focuses on the relationship between Currie and Jett until Currie's departure from the band.

Musical bio-pics are usually pretty crap, but often quite good fun, and this one seems to got quite a few approving nods from critics.

●●April 30-May 6 at 12:50 and 19:15
May 7-May 13 at 12:30 and 19:00●●

●●●● A SERIOUS MAN ●●●●

Very well received dark comedy by the Cohen brothers.

●●April 30-May 6 at 10:15, 14:40 and 19:00
May 7-May 13 at 12:45 and 18:50●●

May 1, 2011

MAY 5th (Thur) National Treasure "FUDOIN" community event

The Fudoin temple in Hiroshima is one of the very few structures that had survived the ghastly nuclear explosion in 1945. And also be very well known as one of National Treasure
The Fudoin temple is an exquisite piece of work and holds a number of antique structures that speak of the rich cultural heritage of the past. The main hall or Kondo is one of the biggest medieval structures in the country, also it is designated as a national treasure. You can see exterior appearance through a whole year、but not inside. It is not opened to public but only for fixed date which is about only 5 or 6 times throughout a year.

Every May 5th, inside of Kondo is open to public! You will be able to have great Japanese traditional experience there! There will be awesome KOTO(Japanese traditional music instrument) music performance which you will like it for sure!!
Let's enjoy rare Japanese Traditional experience with local people!!

Date&Time: May 5th (Sun) 1Pm
  • Bus: From Hiroshima Station, take bus bound for Hesaka and get off at Fudoin-mae. From there, it's a 2-minute walk.
  • Astram Line: From Kencho-mae (front of Prefectural Government office), take Astram Line bound for Koiki Koen (Hiroshima Regional Park) and get off at Fudoin-mae. From there, it's a 1 minute walk.

Apr 16, 2011

☆May 14(Sat) 15(Sun) FUKUYAMA Rose Festival 2011☆

The rose season comes to Fukuyama in May. Approximately 500,000 roses are in full bloom, and the Fukuyama Rose Festival is held to commemorate the event. Each year more than 800,000 people visit the Fukuyama Rose Festival, with its amusing attractions such as the parade and stage event centering on Rose Park.
The biggest event of the festival, however, is the “Rose Wedding.” One couple of every year blessed by the festival visitors has a wedding ceremony, surrounded by sweet, beautiful roses.

Also there is another big event which is "BUCHIUMA competition" .
(Buchi mean is very in Hiroshima dialect, Uma mean is yummy)
This time UZUMI theme. Uzumi is Fukuyama local cuisine which ingredients(chicken meat,prawn and so on) covered by rice. Because these foods were considered as luxury a long long time ago. Common people could not have them easily, so when they had opportunity to have them、they hide and ate.

Enjoy both roses and Uzumi~☆