If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Okayama, Hibari House, which opened in the first half of 2017, comes highly recommended.
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.
The café and bar offers a wide range of beverages, with everything from good coffee to strong cocktails until 11:00pm every day.
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.
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.
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.