April 27, 2015

Tochio Hotspring Sakura Festival

As the cherry blossom trees in the Takayama city gradually shed their petals, rewarding hanami revellers with sakura snowfall, travellers have been asking 'what is next'? Rather than hopping on a bullet train towards Hokkaido, you may actually stay in the Hida area, but venture deeper into the mountain area.

Tochio Hotspring is located in the Oku-Hida area, which is accessible by bus. While you may go during day time, you also have the option of going at night to see the blossoms under the light, which may present you with a different kind of beauty. The light-up event will be held from Apr 23 and May 6, from 7pm to 10.30pm. If you choose to go at night, it may be advisable for you to stay one night there as there will be no public buses running at night.

April 22, 2015

Strolling in Takayama in Kimono?

If you ever want to have an experience to wear Kimono, Takayama is one of best towns in Japan to stroll in Kimono.

Here is special offer from Takayama so you can rent Kimono only for 1,500yen for 2 hours.
You can even bring back a photo of you in Kimono as a memory of Takayama. (The photo is given to you for free!!)

Please see the below for further details!

Date: Every weekend and Japanese national holidays from Apr 18th to May 31st
Fee: 1,500 yen per person for 2 hours (500yen extra charge every 30 mins after 2hours)
Reception hours: 9am to 3pm
Place: Takayama City Archives Musueam (about 10 mins walk from J-Hoppers)

*Reservation is NOT required, but please feel free to ask our staff at J-Hoppers if you need any helps!

April 15, 2015

Hida Furukawa Festival, 19th 20th April.

There is the Festival in Hida Furukawa, 19th and 20th April.

Takayama Festival and Hida Furukawa Festival are bit similar,
Floats, Lion Dance and Night Parade...

In Hida Furukawa Festival, you can see...

★Gathering Floats

★Children's Kabuki Play 

But with one big difference..
Furukawa festival has unique night parade, called "Okishi daiko"

Around 300 half naked mans are carrying drums through the streets
and they are totally drunk!!! That's so funny!!

★Okoshi Daiko

  ★Night Parade

The events start from 8 am till late night,
it will be a long day...but between the events,
you can enjoy the street foods and sight seeing!!!

Don't miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!