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.
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)
Summer is here! and the heat is brutal! Some days even hitting 38 degrees celcius with the humidity😱
Here at Senba Hostel, we’re trying to stay cool, so we had a “kakigori” stand in front! Kakigori means shaved ice or similar to a snow cone. A very popular treat in Japan during the summer. This one in particular had condensed milk mixed into it, so it gave it an ice cream look and taste to it. If you stay at Senba Hostel, you might have the chance to try this refreshing treat. Yum!
We also sold mangos!
And Mango flavor! So good!