Japanese Success by Working in Australia
In May 2014, 3000 on the Road traveled to Onomichi, Hiroshima Japan and stayed at the HTS Guest House / Café 1770. We met the owners, Hero and Mai Takahashi, who are a young hard-working couple with a 12-month old daughter. This beautiful and cosy Café 1770 serves simple, but nice meals and beverages on the ground floor in a busy shopping arcade. Their HTS Guesthouse accommodates backpacker above Café 1770.
The name Café 1770 comes from the inspiration of Town of Seventeen Seventy in Queensland, Australia. During their two years working holiday period in Australia, Hero and Mai discovered this little town and enjoyed many fishing memories there. Mai and Hero have so many great memories of working, living, and traveling in Australia over the period of 2010 to 2012, and always dreamed to have their own business in travel industry. They traveled through QLD, NSW, and TAS staying at many campgrounds in a tent to save money for their dream. They also had two months of luxury experience in caravan which gave them the idea for their future business. During their working holiday period in Australia, they worked in Japanese and Chinese restaurants; picked grapes, cherries, and zucchini; and sorted fruit to save money for their dream.
Mai and Hero’s travel experience in Australia allows them to understand what is important for travelers away from home. They save most of their money, returned to Japan, got married, gave birth to their baby daughter, and finally opened their dream business: HTS Guest House / Café 1770 in April 2013. They really aim to help travelers to enjoy their visit in Japan. Hero Travel Support and Rental Cars service is another business associated to their core business to assist travelers. During our two weeks camping in Japan, Hero Travel’s small van was our home for the entire trip.
Our travel to Japan was an awesome experience; we visited 12 cities and stayed in 12 different campgrounds during our two week stay. Many thanks to Mai and Hero’s advice, recommendations, equipment and van which made us feel at home on the road. We are so happy to see the success of Australia’s Working Holiday program changing lives and touching many hearts.
2014年5月，在3000里路上，我們來到了日本廣島的尾道市，住在HTS背包客棧/Cafe1770，在這裡，我們遇見了勤奮的年輕老闆及老闆娘Hero，Mai Takahashi 和他們12個月大的女兒。這個可愛溫馨的小Cafe1770座落在一個繁忙的華麗拱廊型購物商場的一樓，提供簡單精緻的餐點和咖啡, HTS背包客棧就座落在Cafe1770的樓上。
Cafe1770的名字靈感來自于昆士蘭州的“1770鎮”。Hero 和 Mai 于2010到2012年間在澳大利亞打工度假兩年，在這期間他們發現了這個小鎮，在這裡打工釣魚，留下許多美好的記憶。Hero 及Mai的兩年美好歲月讓他們開始夢想著能擁有屬於自己的與旅遊相關的生意。他們遊歷昆士蘭州，新南威爾士州和塔斯馬尼亞州，為了省錢住在背包客棧或露營地，更有住兩個月RV旅行車的奢華体驗，這為他們未來的生意提供了更多素材和想法。那段日子，他們為了省錢實踐夢想，曾先後在日本餐廳，中國餐廳打工過，也做過採摘葡萄，櫻桃，西葫蘆及挑選水果等工作。
Hero 和 Mai的澳大利亞旅行經歷讓他們明白對于一個離家遠行的背包客，什麼是最重要的。他們攢夠了錢，回到日本，結了婚，生了女兒，2013年4月終於開了自己夢想的小店Cafe1770與HTS背包客棧，為來日本旅遊的遊客提供旅程最好的享受及服務。Hero旅遊和租車服務就是他們的另一相關業務。在日本的兩週行程中，Hero的小麵包車就是我們的家。
這次的日本之旅是一個非常棒的體驗; 兩周的時間里，我們走訪了12個城市，住在12個不同的露營地。非常感謝Hero 及Mai為我們的旅程提出建議，安排住宿，提供裝備和小麵包車，使我們的旅途更加順利，并感受到了家一樣的溫暖。我很高興看到澳大利亞政府的打工度假計劃成功改變了一些人的生活，更觸及了許多人的內心。