A very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. It can be used by foreign tourists only, and offers unlimited use of JR trains for one, two or three weeks at a cost that residents of Japan can only dream of.
Speaking of restaurant etiquette, you do not need to tip in Japan. Waiters get paid a living wage in Japan, so do not feel guilty.
It is legal to drink on the streets in Japan. However, people generally do not walk with food or drink so it is not polite to do so.
You are not allowed to smoke on the street except for the designated smoking areas. For restaurants, you can basically smoke at any drinking places, like bars or izakaya (drinking restaurants).
Metro is not 24 hours
It may seem shocking that a country filled with so many conveniences does not have a 24-hour train system. Depending on where you are, you will have to be through the doors anywhere between 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Missing the train can be an expensive (though adventurous) mistake, leaving you to rely on a pricey cab.
Tattoo in Onsen
Restrictions on tattooed customers at bathing facilities and resort swimming areas are being loosened around the country. However, some facilities still ban people with tattoos. On the other hand, a number of facilities allow people with tattoos to enter if the tattoos can be covered by stickers.
English Signs Everywhere
Japan is so efficient, getting around as a tourist is very easy. In train stations, on the streets, you will always find english signs to direct you.
J-Hoppers is the brand name of a hostel group in Japan. J-Hoppers hostels are for those who are having Japan-hopping. Yes, you are J-Hoppers, too!
At present, we have hostels in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Hida Takayama, Fukuoka and Kumano Kodo Yunomine. If you are travelling to other places, please refer to this page. The number of hostels in Japan are increasing and you may find a good one in other areas, too.
Each hostel is not very big. The capacity is between 30 beds and 50 beds. We believe this scale is the best to keep a friendly atmosphere between staff and guests, and also between guests.
We have some shower rooms which are available 24 hours. However, if you want to hum a tune in the tub, please try a Japanese public bathhouse (=Sento). The reception will advise a good one nearby and how to take it.
No, body soap and shampoo are provided in every shower room.
We have towels for rent.
Most of our dormitory rooms have lockers. The size of each locker is W35cmxD35cmxH45cm, which has room for your laptop computer but not for your backpack.
Yes, please come to the reception. We will tell you the security code for the access.
Don't worry about it. You don't sleep on tatami directly but futon sets are installed in every room. Also, there are instructions on how to sleep on futons. Please have a nice dream.
Why not? Please come and stay with us. Actually, it is one of the happiest things for us to see a foreign guest making friends with a Japanese guest in our place. Unfortunately, Japanese guests are only about 10% of all J-Hoppers guests. Please stay with us and enjoy cross-cultural talk!
You can cancel your reservation with no fee until 2 days before your check-in date. Please refer to each hostel page for more details.