Dec 18, 2014

Christmas Party @Hiroshima Hana!!

Hi!!! This is Tomomi from Hiroshima!!

It's really cold these days.

2014 will be over soon but we still have a big event of this year!!

We will have a Christmas party on Dec 25th!!

DATE: Dec 25th
TIME: from 7PM
Fee: 300yen

@Hiroshima HANA hostel

Why don't you join us and have a great Christmas night with us!!

Dec 10, 2014

Hiroshima Oyster Road

Hi Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana hostel. It's Kana here.
It is freezing here in Hiroshima much more than last year. I can't stand for it any more already...missimg you, Summer...

Do you like OYSTER??? Oyster in Hiroshima is really famous in Japan. The best season for it is  in winter. So even though I do not really like winter, I can't wait  winter to have the oyster.
I strongly recommend one place for oyster lovers like me.

KAKIGOYA(Oyster house) is opened for only winter season.
From: 2014/Oct 18th ~ not yet determined

It is located in Ujina area which is about 30minutes by tram from Hiroshima station.

At first, you need to pick up what you want. Oyster comes like this. So you can choose! Find big one!

There are many variety of sea foods, not only oyster!!
Such as Scallop, turban shell, prawn, eel and so on.

The best part is you can cook yourself!! It is great fun.

I went there 3 of us, and spent about 2000yen each and made us full and not feel like eating oyster for a while even I love it.
Please enjoy the best Oyster in Hiroshima!! You should NOT miss this opportunity!!

Nov 26, 2014

Autumn leaves illuminated @ Shukkei-en Garden

Autumn leaves illuminated @ Shukkei-en Garden

November 22 - November 30

  FEE: ¥260 garden entrance fee (¥150 for students, ¥100 for kids) 
As part of Shukkei-en Garden’s annual “Momiji Matsuri” it’s maple trees with their red leaves will be lit up until 20:00 each night.
Tea ceremonies also being held daily in the Seifukan tea house (¥500). 
  • Garden is open 09:00-20:00
  • Illumination 17:30-20:00
  • Final admission 19:30


Nov 23, 2014

The world of Kenji Ekuan exhibition

Do you know this jar?

It' a jar for soy sauce. We have this

all over the home in Japan.

It's designed by Japanese man "Kenji Ekuan".

He is from Hiroshima.

We have a exhibition about him.

He is a famous designer for many instruments,

motorbike,train, etc...


The world of Kenji Ekuan exhibition

DATE : November 18th - December 23rd

PLACE :  Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

TIME :  9:00 - 17:00 (only Friday -19:00)

PRICE :  1200yen

ACCESS :  Take a tram to the"Shukkeien mae" station



Nov 22, 2014

Maple festival in Miyajima island


                      Maple festival in Miyajima island

                 Date: November 16th-30th(8am-5pm)

                 Place: Daishoin Temple
                 (20min walk from Miyajima port)

                 Information: Daishoin Temple

At this event, you can enjoy exhibition of Daishoin Temple's treasures,calligraphy,photos, and flower arrangements.

And now is the best time to visit to Miyajima to enjoy the autumn colors!
Don't miss it!!

Oct 27, 2014

Hiroshima Dreamination 2014

What's uuuuup?
Mizzy from Hiroshima Hana Hostel is here!

It's getting chilly in Hiroshima and I'm getting ready for hibernation. :P

Actually, winter in Hiroshima is beautiful and worth being awake.

One of the annual winter events in Hiroshima is called "Dreamination".
It stands for Dream + Illumination.

It will be held from Nov.17th,2014 to Jan.3rd, 2015 along The Peace Avenue.
Illuminations will be lit up from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.

Why don't you go see it with your loved ones?!
I hope you enjoy beautiful winter in Hiroshima! :)

Oct 16, 2014

Autumn leaves in Miyajima

Hello, this is Tomomi from Hiroshima Hana.

These days, it is getting cold in the night and in the morning…summer is over.

However, that means that the best season to visit Miyajima is coming soon!

Miyajima is famous for its autumn leaves. They will start turning red and yellow from November and the best period to experience that is from the middle to the end of November.

For the best pictures of the colorful leaves we recommend Momijidani Park. The Park is stretching along the Momijidani river near the valley at the foot of Mount Misen. There are around 200 trees waiting for you (about 20 min by foot from the Miyajima ferry port).

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors in Miyajima!

Oct 9, 2014

Hiroshima Food Festival 2014

Date: 2014 Oct 25(Sat) 26th(Sun) 10am - 5pm
Place: Hiroshima Castle, Chuo Park

 Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana Hostel. It's Kana here.
Getting colder day by day, and many leaves begin to turn red!!

Do you like Japanese food?
I guess Japanese restaurant is all over the world so everybody has opportunity to have them any time, but not LOCAL food.

This is for Japanese food lover! Why don't we try something local if you are in Japan!?
not like Tempura, Sashimi, which are available everywhere.


Hiroshima Food Festival is held every year.
Local dishes from across the prefecture will be available in one place during this two-day celebration of Hiroshima's culinary treasures.
The event will provide live stage entertainment in addition to featuring an amazing number of food stands offering the tastes of Hiroshima.

It wil be great opportunity to be an expert of WASHOKU!!

Sep 17, 2014

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri!!

                    Senda Wasshoi Matsuri (Flea Market)


Date:September 21st(9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
*postponed until September 23 in the event of heavy rain.

Cost: Free

Place:Higashi Senda machi Park(next to the old Hiroshima University building)
3min walk from nisseki byouin-mae tram station.


You can also enjoy food stalls there!

Why don't you go there and see what's Japanese flea market like?


Sep 9, 2014

Miyajima Mantoue Candle Light Festival

Miyajima Mantoue Candle Light Festival

September 12th ~ 14th
18:00-21:00 @ Daishoin Temple

The approach to and grounds of beautiful mountainside Daishoin Temple as well as Machiya-dori on Miyajima are illuminated by hundreds of candles over three nights.

It takes about 1 hour from J-Hoppers Hiroshima to Miyajima island.
We have still some beds available on the 12th and 14th!!

Aug 27, 2014

Hiroshima Oktoberfest 2014!!

Summer is almost over...
But still muggy and hot in Hiroshima...
And I love the idea of having beer outdoor.

We usually have the opportunity at a Beer garden on a roof top that provide you all you can drink and all you can eat system.
Have you ever tried a beer garden in Japan yet?
If not, go hurry and don't miss it! 
Most of them will be closed in September.

If you miss it, don't worry.
We have a Oktoberfest in SEPTEMBER.
It's not even in October but it's okay. 
It's not even in Germany but Hiroshima, Japan...
But it's okay.
Don't worry! Be happy!
Beer is Beer and we love festivals!

Why don't you mingle with local people and enjoy the oktoberfest in a Japanese way?

It will be held from Sep. 5th(Fri.) - Sep.15th.(Mon.) at Kyu-Shimin Kyujyo(旧 市民球場)where facing the A-bomb dome across the street.

From Hiroshima Station: Take a tram (street car) #2/6 and get off at Genbaku Dome Mae Station.
(You just need to pay 160yen exact when you get off the tram)

Weekdays: 3pm - 9pm
Weekends and holidays: 11am - 9pm

Entrance fee: Free

(1) Pay 1000yen as deposit for a beer glass + Beer price
(2) Refill your empty glass (Beer price costs)
(3) Return your empty glass to the last place you bought your beer and you will get your deposit back

 Enjoy Hiroshima! :D

Aug 17, 2014



If you plan to visit Miyajima (Island) on the 25th of August, we would recommend to go there in the evening:

On Aug 25th, you will see many Miyajima islanders carring their Tanomo boats. These boats will be
purified at Momiji dani and then released to float on the sea. This custom is performed to ensure a good harvest.

It will be a beautiful and interesting event. You should not miss it!

Date: Aug 25th. 2014
Place: Shinomiya Shrine (Momijidani Park) - Itsukushima Shrine
Time:from 8PM

It used to be the common belief in Miyajima that the whole island was holy, and that the cultivation of the land was not allowed. There was a strict prohibition of agriculture, industry, weaving by machine, and putting the ‘Oinari’ Fox statue on the island. After the Meiji restoration, islanders lived by forestry, harvesting and carving the wood to make souvenirs, marketing them to earn a living. Islanders had very strong feelings of gratitude toward the agricultural products, even beyond our imagination. They built the Tanomo boat to express their feelings and put in dumpling dolls (rice balls coated with sweet red bean paste), fruits, and other offerings, then let the boats float across the water to Oinari in Ono cho where some agricultural products were grown. The feelings were mutual ever since, and this has been the folk custom of Minami Machi.

Aug 11, 2014

Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2014

Date: August 21st(Thu) - 25th(Mon), 2014
Place: Aster Plaza

Hello this is Kana from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
It`s getting hotter and hotter in here since after rainy season was over.

Japanese ANIME(Animation) is well known all over the world. Many tourist come to Japan for it.
There is a Anime fes in Hiroshima end of this month.

"Hiroshima International Animation Festival"

Under the spirit of LOVE & PEACE, the festival has been dedicating to the advancement of visual media art culture in general, by promoting international cross-cultural exchanges through the development of animation art. 

There are Anime Competition, Special programs and exhibitions, Free Spaces for Promotion and Exchanges,and Educational Film Market.

This time is 30th anniversary so there are some special event!!

If you come to Japan, you can not miss Anime! Anime quality in Japan will be more than what you can expect for sure!!

Jul 31, 2014

August 3rd MIyajima Sun Dance!!!

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

| Adv 3000, Gate ¥3500 (inlcudes ¥300 Red Cross donation)
10 years since the first outing of this international “beach” party. It has island hopped
over the years, but now has a semi-regular home at Tsutsumigaura Beach Park on Miyajima.
BAnds, DJs, dance shows, contests, international food stalls and lots of sun and booze.

If you haven't been to the beach this summer yet,you shouldn't miss it!!

Jul 21, 2014

☆☆Yassa festival in Mihara☆☆

Hello!!  It's coming Summer day by day!! This is Mayu from 

J-Hoppers Hiroshima!!

In Japan, It's really hot and wet in Summer... 

So, actually I don't like a Summer.

But, You can enjoy many events in here. It should be interesting for you.

I will introduce some summer festival.


YASSA is to call out encouragement to someone for cheer up.

They dance a YASSA dance, And make an outcry "YASSA!! YASSA!!"

There are 8000 dancer for 3 days. That's amazing!!


So... You can enjoy watching so many dancer and 

Japanese traditional music. And also at the final, It has a fire work

from the river. It should be great experience for you!!!!

DATE: 2014,8,8-10 (dance 8th-9th firework 10th)

PLACE: around JR MIHARA station

ACCSESS: 1,5hour from Hiroshima station by local train.
  30minutes from Hiroshima station by Shinkansen.


Jul 7, 2014

OKINAWA FESTA 2014 in Hiroshima!!


               "OKINAWA FESTA 2014"  in Hiroshima!!


Date: July 19th-27th(11AM-9PM)

Cost: Free

Place: the old baseball stadium in downtown(20 min walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima Guesthouse.)


                          This festival will be held for 9days!!!
                    You can enjoy Okinawan food, music and culture!

Jun 30, 2014

Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival!!


July 26th. 8:00pm-9:00pm  Free


Held in the bay in front of the 10,000 Ton Cruise Ship Berth (ichi-man-ton-baasu) next to Ujina Hatoba Koen near Hiroshima Port.

You can enjoy around 10,000 bangs!!

Just 30mins from Hiroshima station by street car.(line 5)

Jun 27, 2014

Hiroshima Animation Festival 2014

This is Mizzy from Hana Hostel in Hiroshima!

My favorite season, summer is finally here! Yay!
Summer makes me feel like something fun will happen and excites me !

We have lots of events in summer such as Fireworks and summer festivals.
But today, I am going to introduce an interesting event to you.

Have you ever heard of Hiroshima Animation Festival?
This is an annual event that is held in August in Hiroshima.

This Event was established under the spirit of “Peace and Love” and to provide opportunities of the international cross-cultural exchanges throughout the animation art.
International Selection Committee will choose competition titles by previewing all entries submitted from around the world.
Competition will be held during the festival, and winning prizes will be announced and presented on the final day.
One of the prize called Audience Prize will be chosen by votes of audience.
In this program, internationally renowned animation masters and young promising animators will be competing each others equally, and audience will enjoy their high quality works with competition directors attending from all over the world.

This year, it will be held from August 21st to the 25th, and celebrating its 30th anniversary.

No matter if you like animation or not, I think it worths attending to this event.
Because you may meet many people from all over the world and may share your thoughts with them.
Listen to others and accept them can be the very first step of the Peaceful world! :D

For further information, please go to the link below:

=How to get to Aster Plaza=

From JR (Japan Railways) Hiroshima Station :

  • Tram
    Platform at the South Exit
    Bound for Hiroshima Port(Ujina) via Kamiya-cho (#1), get off at Shiyakusho-mae(City Office) and 600m walk.
    Bound for Eba (#6) and get off at Funairi-cho and walk 400m.

  • Bus
    "Hiroshima-Bus" Route 24 / Platform A #3 at the South Exit/
    Bound for Yoshijima branch or Yoshijima hospital.Get off at Kako-machi.

  • Taxi
    Take a Taxi to Aster Plaza - approx. 15 min.

Access Map

Advance tickets are available at ticket agencies and convenience stores in Japan, as well as at various places in Hiroshima city, including community cultural centers, museums, cinemas, etc.
If you wish to obtain advance ticket from abroad, ticket order form is here. (PDF/87KB)

For any inquiry regarding the ticket, please contact our Festival Office.

Division Advance ticket Ticket at the door
For 1 Program Ticket Adult 1,000yen 1,200yen
Student (over 18) 800yen 1,000yen
Student (under 18) 600yen 700yen
Student (under 12) Free Free
Discount on a party ticket (15 pieces or more) 10% off of the above-mentioned each charge
(Including tax)

Division Advance ticket Ticket at the door
1 Day Pass Adult 2,500yen 3,000yen
Student (over 18) 2,000yen 2,400yen
Student (under 18) 1,500yen 1,800yen
Student (under 12) Free Free
Discount on a party ticket (15 pieces or more) 10% off of the above-mentioned each charge
(Including tax)

Division Advance ticket Ticket at the door
All Programs Pass Adult 10,000yen 12,000yen
Student (over 18) 8,000yen 10,000yen
Student (under 18) 6,000yen 7,000yen
Student (under 12) Free Free
Discount on a party ticket (15 pieces or more) 10% off of the above-mentioned each charge
(Including tax)

Jun 8, 2014

Oct. 26th Cycling Shimanami

Cycling event will be held on 26th of Oct. at Setouchi Shimanami Kaido which is about 90 min. by train from Hiroshima sta.


They require advanced reservation.

For more information go to their website !

Cycling Shimanami

May 26, 2014

June1st Hiroshima Minato Marché @ Ujina ferry terminat

June1st  Hiroshima Minato Marché @ Ujina ferry terminat

Place:Ujina Ferry terminal

Outdoor market in Ujina held every 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Fresh local produce and food stalls.

May 16, 2014

☆☆Fireworks show in Tomonoura☆☆

"Tomonoura " is famous as beauty spot

and national park in Fukuyama city.

You can enjoy the great view with sea and islands and Fireworks!!!!

☆☆Fireworks show in Tomonoura☆☆

PLACE : Tomonoura, Fukuyama city, Hiroshima

ACCESS : 30minutes by bus from JR sanyo line Fukuyama station

DATE : May 31st (19:00~20:30)

*When it's rainy,it can be held on June 1st.

HP :

May 15, 2014

Nihonsyu Sansan 2014!!

***************☆Sake festival☆****************

Date:May 28th

Cost:Advance all-you-can-appreciate ticket 1500yen
On the day 5cup sampler ticket 1000yen

Place:Alice Garden(8 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi)


*About 30 sake breweries will bring their best sake!

*You can try Japanese wine also!

...And great music!


Apr 27, 2014

Golden Week in Hiroshima!

Beginning of May is National Holiday and is called 'Golden Week' in Japan.

It's one of the most busiest seasons in Japan and some fun events are available in Hiroshima and surrounding areas.

Flower Festival is our annual big event that will be held for 3 days from May 3rd along the Peace avenue. 

You can see some shows at a main stage in the Peace Park, plenty of groups that will perform as marching along the avenue. Lots of Japanese stalls are available too.

Also, there is American Military Base in Iwakuni that is 1 hour away from Hiroshima by JR train.

They have an annual event called 'Friendship Day' on May 5th and you are allowed to go into the base to enjoy American culture, food, performance, and communicating with American soldiers.

It provides you a chance to view dozens of the most powerful aircraft and other military equipment, up close and in person as well.

You can see more information on their facebook.

Apr 8, 2014

Sera Tulip Festival

Do you want to see about a million of tulips?

Sera Tulip festival will be held on 15th of April at Sera Kogen farm by until 11th of May.

Sera Kogen farm Official website

It is usually difficult to get there without car, but they will have Sera Kogen Hana Meguri bus, which will take you 3 flower gardens(tulip, lily,moss phlox) including winery from Sera town office(9:40/April 25-May 2nd).

Fee: 4000 yen(admission fee for flower gardens included/meal not included)

Advanced reservation required.(at least three days)

You can join the tour if you take the bus from Hiroshima bus terminal No.6 to Kozan bus center(9:28). Sera town office is just a few minutes walk from Kozan bus center.
There is a bus leaving at 16:23 to Hiroshima bus terminal(17:51). We are happy to help you book this for reservation holder at Hiroshima Hana!

 Hiroshima Hana Hostel is just a few minutes walk from Hiroshima station south exit and extremely convenient location for your trip in Hiroshima!

Mar 26, 2014

Japanese art of Tea ceremony!

                             It's feeling more and more like spring.
                  Yes!! The SAKURA(cherry blossom)season has come!!

            Today, I'd like to introduce a good spring event in Hiroshima.


   "Japanese art of Tea ceremony in Shukkei-en garden"

Place:Hiroshima Shukkei-en Garden

Date:April 6th(9:00~14:30)

Access:10min. walk from "Hiroshima station" or 2min. walk from "Shukkei-en mae" station(Tram)

Fee:entrance fee(250yen)+participation fee(700yen)


 I'm sure that you can enjoy spring in Hiroshima through this intercaltural experience!!

Mar 22, 2014

SHIMA AKARI in Miyajima

This is a lighting-up event in Miyajima.

You can enjoy running light with history, 

culture, and landscape of Miyajima.


DATE : March 21st  ~ May 11th (in the evening-10pm)

PLACE : on the way from Miyajima bridge to Itsukushima shrine

ACCESS : Take a ferry from Miyajimaguchi station

 In this season, You can also enjoy The cherry blossoms in Miyajima.

It can be amazing view with the running light 

and The cherry blossoms!!!

Enjoy Japanese Spring!!!!!


Mar 21, 2014

Mar 8th - Apr 20th Morikazu Kumagai Exhibition

Mar 8th - Apr 20th Morikazu Kumagai Exhibition

Morikazu Kumagai was born in Gifu in 1880, and started out
painting in a Fauvist-like style at the beginning of his
career. The artist then isolated himself from the art circle
after WWII to establish a unique style based on clear outlines
and even colour fields.

Open 09:00-17:00 every day
Admission until 16:30
Admission also includes admission to the permanent exhibition
of paintings by European masters.

Adults: ¥1200, Seniors 65+ with ID:¥1000, 
Senior high/College students: ¥900, 
Primary/Secondary students: ¥500

Hiroshima Museum of Art

3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 730-0011 Japan

Feb 27, 2014

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival 2014

It's getting warmer and warmer here in Hiroshima after the frigid weeks that brought lots of snow.

And finally, I feel the promise of spring around the corner.

Speaking of spring, you know what that brings to mind?

I assume that many people associate Japanese spring with Cherry blossoms (Sakura).

During the cherry blossom season, you will see many people picnicking and enjoying their food / alcohol under cherry trees.
It's our traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossom and that is called Hanami (party).

On March 3rd, a bit early for cherry blossoms, we have another traditional event called Hinamatsuri and it's also called Dolls' Festival or Girls' Day.
Hinamatsuri is celebrated annually to desire childrens' (girls') happiness in each households.

Displayed Hina Dolls on platforms covered with a red carpet are in a colorful Kimono or traditional court dress of the Heian Period and they are as beautiful as cherry blossoms. 

One of Hiroshima's World Heritage Sites, Miyajima, will hold a Hina Doll Festival in Cherry blossom season.

If you are visiting Miyajima in Spring, I bet you will enjoy the scenic island with temples and shrines in cherry blossoms.
However, Hina dolls are also one of the symbolic icons of Japanese tradition in spring and I hope this information assists you as a tip for your trip.

Details of Hina Doll Festival in Miyajima as below:

Miyajima Hina Doll Festival

March 25 - April 3

Antique Hina doll displays in 30 historical residences and shops on Miyajima.
Main display locations
  • Miyajima History and Folklore Museum (English speaking guides)
  • Daishoin Temple
  • Nosaka House
  • Yoshida House
  • Konishi House
Official Ticket
Purchase a ticket at the Miyajima pier for entry to the five main displays
Adult: ¥300  15-18 Years Old : ¥170   6-14 15-18 Years Old : ¥150
Pick up a free event map and directions from English speaking volunteers at Miyajima pier.