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Japanese Beer

Welcome to J-Beer world
Have you tried Japanese beer? How did you like it? I hope you like it. There are 4 major beer companies in Japan (Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Suntory) Kirin has the oldest history (since 1888) and now it is going head-to-head in the market share with Asahi.

Japanese beers are allowed to use rice or other materials instead of malt for brewing. They are classified into 3 types due to the proportion of malt. Real J-Beer must use malt by as much as 2/3 or more (and it contains more beer taxes than the others : 111 yen in a 500ml can. This is much higher than that of other countries). Amazingly, the lowest grade beer don’t have to use any malt and can use anything to brew beer. Usually, rice, soybeans, barnyard grass, millet, potato or corn are used for lower grade beers. Please see the cans of cheaper beers carefully. You cannot find the word of “Beer” anywhere on the can.
Beer Now I recommend these beers;
-If you like a real malt-100% beer
 Premium Malts (Suntory)
 YEBISU (Sapporo)
 Malts (Suntory)
-If you want to try a Japanese traditional Lager taste:
 Classic Lager (Kirin) Malt and rice are used for brewing
-If you are on a budget, and enjoy No-malt “maybe” beer:
 Nodogoshi Nama (Kirin) brewed mainly from soybeans
 Shin-nama (Asahi) brewed mainly from peas

Japanese beer on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beer

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Hostel in kyoto

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.

Hostel in Hiroshima

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.

Budget hotel in Osaka

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.

Guesthouse in Hida Takayama

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.

Sharehouse in Kyoto