This month the Senba team took a trip to Taiwan! 3 days exploring Taipei and Jiufen! Enjoy the photos!
One thing that makes Japan an amazing and unique place to visit, is the 4 seasons that can be seen and experienced. Each season is Japan is amazing and very distinct. Japans culture and its seasons are deeply intertwined with eacthother. Beautiful sceneries and traditional events taking part in each season, making Japan a country that can be enjoyed any time of year.
With spring at an end, autumn is just about here. Temepratures in the evening and early mornings are dropping and people are bringing out their light jackets and scarves.
What makes Japan amazing in autumn though, is “Momiji”. Momiji means autumn leaves, and its quite a sight. Mountains and forests are covered with firey red, bright oranges and yellow trees and they can be seen and enjoyed almost anywhere in Japan. But if you are in the kansai area, staying at Senba, make sure to make a trip down to Kyoto. Momiji is Kyoto should not be missed. Tofukuji, Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Eikando and Yoshiminedera and just a few places in particular.
Green tea and momiji at a Japanese temple in Kyoto is an experience that should be enjoyed by all.
Make sure to ask the staff at Senba Hostel about more information where to see momiji!
Below are a few snaps of momiji in Kyoto!
Besides being located close to downtown Osaka, Senba Hostel is conviently located near anything one would need for a more comfortable stay.
3 minute walk to two subway stations that can take you to the one of many popular sites in Osaka.
3 convenience stores (2 7/11`s and 1 Family mart) located 3 minutes from the hostel. Japanese convenience stores in Japan are renowned for being just that; convenient. Large variety of foods, drinks, alcohol, paying bills, buying event tickets, picking up your airplane tickets and much more; they do it all.
If you are staying with us for a long time or your missing the foods of your country , 2 supermarkets are located just minutes from Senba as well! Kohyo and Life supermarkets have anything you need to make delicious meal of your choosing.
Outlet shops, restaurants, banks, post offices, fast food, bars, clubs are all in walking distance of Senba Hostel. Or hop on one of our bicycles and get where you are going quicker!
We had two wonderful guests stay at Senba Hostel this week. Juan from Chile and Pandora from Argentina. Both being eachothers very good friends, Osaka is a place which both needed to see, again.
Some sad news from Senba! One of our staff left the Senba Hostel team last month:( Yuka went back to her home town in Mie prefecture. We loved having you here Yuka, and we miss you! Hope to see you in Osaka sometime soon!
For those who dont know, Mie prefecture is located in the Kansai region and is a couple of hours east of Osaka. A great place to visit, most notable place has to to be Japan’s holiest and most important sites, Ise Shrine. Some other notable places to visit are Nagashima Spa Land , Suzuka Circuit, Iga-Ueno (Birthplace of the ninja and home to the Iga Ninja Museum) Sakakibara Onsen(considered to be the 3rd best onsen in Japan) just to name a few. If you are travelling through the Kansai region, Mie should not be missed!
We will come to see you in Mie soon Yuka! Take care!<3
Nagashima Spa Land
Its summer and that means festivals in Japan! July and August are months which host plenty of festivals around Japan, and some of the biggest and best are in Osaka. Filled with rich culture, food and fireworks, if you are in Japan duting this time, you have to chance to experience some of these amazing festivals.
The Tenjin Matsuri. One of the biggest and most famous in Japan.
“festival of the gods”
Heisei OSAKA Legend of the Milky Way
July 7 is the official day of tanabata festivals, when celebrations of a mythical tale of star-crossed lovers take place all over Japan.
The Tenmabashi and Nakanoshima areas of Osaka are commemorating the event by displaying their version of the Milky Way, the astrological symbol of the lovers separation, in the glistening waters of the Okawa River. Lit up by 50,000 gently bobbing LED light balls (aptly named Prayer Stars)
Lots of great people come through and stay at Senba hostel, guests and staff. One of the great aspects of Senba Hostel are the social activities and events that we plan with our guests. If you come to Senba Hostel, you can have the chance to experience and take part in some these activities and events! Make new friends, explore the city on bicycle, and make memories and relationships that will last forever:) Hope to see you here soon!