Basis for J-Hopping
Local food is always a big fun on the road. Let us introduce a budget version of Japan's specialties. We are J-Eaters !
Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, popular
especially at breakfast. A rich source of protein, natto and the soybean
paste miso formed a vital source of nutrition in feudal Japan.
Narezushi is the very prototype of the present Japanese sushi.
Horse sashimi is raw horse meat dipped in soy sauce with ginger, garlic or sliced onion. sashimi of horse. Kumamoto Pref. is the most famous place for horse meat.
If you like beef, please try Yakiniku.
Sea cucumber is called Namako in Japan. It is a kind of invertebrata living
in the sea.
Yokan is a thick jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. It is usually sold in a block form, and eaten in slices. There are two main types: neri yokan and mizu yokan. "Mizu" means "water", and indicates that it is made with more water than usual. Mizuyokan is often chilled and eaten in summer.
Shiokara is a food in Japanese cuisine made from various marine animals that consists of small pieces of the animal's meat in a brown viscous paste of the animal's heavily salted, fermented viscera. The raw viscera are mixed with about 10% salt, 30% malted rice, packed in a closed container, and fermented for up to a month. Shiokara is sold in glass or plastic containers. The flavor is quite strong and is considered something of an acquired taste even for the native Japanese palate. The taste of shiokara lingers in the mouth. One method of enjoying it is to consume the serving at one gulp and to follow it with a shot of straight whisky. Some bars in Japan specialize in shiokara.
Oyster, which is called kaki in Japanese, is a popular food especially
in winter. Normally we eat oysters deep-fried (Kaki furai), as a ingredient
of Pot dish (Nabe-mono) or as vinegared oysters.
Kobe beef is considered the most exclusive beef in the world.
Morioka's famous local dish is "wanko-soba," which is eaten in a very interesting way. As soon as you finish a bite-size portion of soba in a lacquered bowl, a server calls out and tosses the next portion into your empty bowl. Once you become full, you announced that you've finished by placing the lid back on the bowl. But remember, it isn't proper to do so when there are still noodles left in your bowl. This style of eating, unique to the region, was developed long ago in order to serve many customers at once.
Ikezukuri is a method of preparing sashimi. It requires a living fish. The sashimi is cut directly from the fish. The fish is then laid upon your plate in the order that it is cut. The internal organs are also replaced. This method is somewhat more difficult than the "basic" method of cutting sashimi. Sometimes the fish is still alive or somewhat alive at the end of dinner. This practice is banned in Australia, as it is seen as cruelty to animals. Germany has banned Ikezukuri of shrimp only, as unlike fish shrimp can sense pain.
J-Hoppers Group Site
J-Hoppers Hostel Kyoto
The hostel opened in Kyoto in 2002. It's an 8 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. There are many important historical sites such as Toji Temple or Fushimi-Inari Shrine. The nearest bus stop is right in front of this hostel , which is on the quite convenitnt bus route to access to other major sights such as Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera or Gion.
J-Hoppers Hostel Hiroshima
The hostel opened in Hiroshima in 2006. The builing used to be a Japanese style ryokan and most guest rooms are Japanese style with tatami matts. Located near the Peace Memorial Park and A-bomb Dome. You can also go to Miyajima, which is one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan, by tram.
J-Hoppers Hostel Osaka
The hostel opened in Osaka in 2008. It's just about 15 minutes walk to JR Osaka station, which has extensive travel links to everywhere. It could be a starting point for all sightseeing places not only Osaka but also Nara, Kobe, Koyasan and Himeji.
J-Hoppers Hostel Takayama
The hostel opened in Takayama in 2009. It's just 3 minutes walk to JR Takayama station. Takayama has preserved the feeling of a castle town. There are lots of historical spots such as Histrorical Govement House, San-machi-suji lined with stores selling the traditional wares and craftman's workshop and Hida Folk Village.