Hibari House

If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Okayama, Hibari House, which opened in the first half of 2017, comes highly recommended.

Hibari House

This place consists of a stylish bar/café as well as a small lifestyle boutique on the first floor. They offer everything from fashion made by local designers to vintage books and magazines. The space on the bottom floor also doubles as the place where staying guests can eat or work on their laptops.

Hibari House

The café and bar offers a wide range of beverages, with everything from good coffee to strong cocktails until 11:00pm every day.

Hibari House

On the second floor of the building, you’ll find their two dormitories. The smaller of the two has six beds and is female only, and the bigger dorm is mixed and has twelve beds. The beds themselves are basic yet comfortable. They are equipped with both a power outlet and a USB plug for charging, and of course the entire space is blanketed with free Wi-Fi that seemed unusually fast and responsive when we tried it.

There are three toilets and two showers shared among the guests, and also a small kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. If you need to do laundry, there’s a washing machine and dryer available too, albeit for a small charge. The front desk even offers small packets of laundry detergent, if the need should arise.

The third floor of Hibari House houses a rental meeting room and event space, and is usually off limits for the guests at the hostel.

Hibari House

The food offered here is quite bare bones, so unless all you need is a bento box or a breakfast set, you’re best to head out elsewhere. Fortunately, Hibari House is located on the Omotecho shopping street, meaning that you’ll have all your food and shopping needs covered within a few minutes’ walk, as well as a plethora of entertainment within convenient reach. Many major sightseeing spots, such as the Okayama Castle, Korakuen and several museums, are also located nearby.

Hibari House

The entire space is very stylishly designed, and it’s clear that the aim is to provide a simple yet comfortable stay for people wanting to explore Okayama a bit deeper than what a one-day trip would allow. For the low cost of 3500 yen per night, you’ll get everything you need for a good night’s sleep, we doubt that you’ll be able to get it much cheaper than that unless you’re planning to stay outside of the city center.

Facility Name
HIBARI TERRACE
Address
Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Omotechou 2-7-15 In front of the Taemachi shopping district
Phone
0862302833
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Okayama Castle (Crow Castle)
Address
Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1
Phone
0862252096
Opening Hours
9:00-17:30 (Admission is until 17:00)
Closed
12/29-31
Fees
[Permanent exhibition period] Adults300 yen, small Junior High School Students120 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
Okayama Castle was constructed over a period of eight years by Ukita Hideie, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, and was completed in 1597. It is also called “Crow Castle” for its external appearance, as the castle tower walls have black lacquered siding which was a characteristic of this era. The three-tiered, six-storied watchtower-style castle tower is a pentagon of unequal sides and is said to imitate the castle tower of Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. The castle tower, which was a National Treasure, was lost due to wartime fires but was rebuilt in 1966.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Okayama Korakuen
Address
Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kourakuen 1-5
Phone
0862721148
Opening Hours
[3/20-9/30] 7:30-18:00 (Admission until 17:45)
[10/1-3/19] 8:00-17:00 (Admission until 16:45)
Opening/closing Hours changes due to events held
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 400 yen, senior (Over 65) 140 yen, High School Students or less Free admission etc.
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Yes (entrance fee only)
Introduction
It is a stroll garden with a pond in Okayama City, counted as one of Japan’s three most famous gardens. The garden was constructed in the beginning of 1687, on the orders of Ikeda Tsunamasa, an Okayama lord, and completed in 1700. Since then, it has been popular as a place of comfort for lords, and as a place to interact with vassals and citizens. In the garden of 144,000 square meters, you can enjoy buildings with historical remnants and flowers in every season. The nearest station is Joka Station on the city train line.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    HIBARI TERRACE

    Other accommodations
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Omotechou 2-7-15 In front of the Taemachi shopping district
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    Okayama Korakuen

    Botanical garden
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kourakuen 1-5
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    Okayama Castle (Crow Castle)

    Castle/The remain of antique castle
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1
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