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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Chugoku (Sanyo + San-in) 2015 日本中国 (山阴+山阳) - Toyoko Inn Okayama Eki Nishi Guchi Hiroba 東横イン岡山駅西口広場

Stayed 16.04.2015 - 18.04.2015 (3 nights)
Reserved thru' Jalan.net
- Single Room = 6,264 yen/night
- Twin Room = 9,504 yen/night

Left: Look out for the tall building which is Toyoko Inn Okayama Eki Nishi Guchi Hiroba; Right: Bus terminal on west exit.
My maiden stay! I have to say that this is a very backdated entry (I have previously wrote about my Toyoko Inn experience in Morioka and Hirosaki), but Okayama was where I stayed in a Toyoko Inn for the very first time. The pleasant experience in this established budget business hotel chain in Japan greatly influenced my decision during accommodation selection for future trips. Since then, Toyoko Inn has almost become a pit stop on every holiday in Japan and will continue to be so. There are many features I like about Toyoko Inn; high level of consistency exemplified in all their hotels I have stayed so far, affordable and competitive pricing, strategic locations near essential transport infrastructure, well kept rooms equipped with basic amenities and even daily breakfast are taken care of here, making my stay in a foreign country comfortable and at ease.



Do note that there are a total of three Toyoko Inn branches all within walking distance from Okayama JR Station. Okayama Eki Nishi Guchi Migi and Okayama Eki Nishi Guchi Hiroba (which I stayed in) are both located on the west exit; while Okayama Eki Higashi Guchi is situated on the east exit. Stayed in Okayama for three consecutive days and everything was good; service, room, amenities and meal (always looking forward to see onigiri on their menu).

What's nearby?

(1) Okayama JR Station West Exit Bus Terminal 
If you are heading for Okayama Airport, board Okaden Airport Limousine Bus from Platform 21. Bus journey takes about 30 mins; fare = 760 yen
Airport Limousine Bus: http://www.okayama-kido.co.jp/bus/kuukou.html#
(2) Okayama Kotobuki Post Office 岡山寿郵便局, 1st floor of Lit City (リットシティ), a stone throw away from hotel. Had to pay this place a visit to get my favourite Posta Collect postcards exclusive to Okayama Prefecture. 
Operating hours: 0900 - 1700 hrs on weekdays
Website: http://map.japanpost.jp/p/search/dtl/300154380000/
Okayama Prefecture's Posta Collect postcards:https://www.postacollect.com/gotochi/area34/

Momotaro, a hero from a folk tale originated from Okayama Prefecture. This is Okayama's version from the first series of Posta Collect debuted in 2009.
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Toyoko Inn Okayama Eki Nishi Guchi Hiroba 東横イン岡山駅西口広場
〒700-0024  岡山県岡山市北区駅元町22-10
2 mins walk from West Exit of Okayama JR Statiom

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