In August 2014, a new camping-themed guesthouse called KAMP opened its doors at Houkan-cho, the shopping district near Okayama station.
KAMP was built mainly by the staff that operate “Ushimado Natural Camp”, an event organized in Ushimado, Okayama prefecture each summer.
“Instead of an event that’s organized just once a year, we wanted a place where our friends and all kinds of people could gather 365 days a year,” says Kitayama-san, the manager of the guesthouse.
Music events, talk shows and all kinds of different workshops are arranged on a weekly basis.
A great amount of thought and a sense of playfulness has been put into everything within the guesthouse’s interior. This is a piece of art made from driftwood that was used as a stage ornament at the Ushimado Natural Camp.
This lamp, remodeled out of a wood burning stoe by one of Kitashima-san’s friends, is naturally one of a kind.
On the counter there is a mushroom, which is apparently made out of sawdust.
The simple, clean lodging space is on the 2nd floor. There are 4 rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 16 lodgers. Both dormitories and private rooms are available. (80% of guests are non-Japanese – Europeans are especially numerous.)
Enjoy new acquaintances and exchange information at the mid-Chukoku Region terminal station of Okayama. Even if you’re not a backpacker, we recommend this fun guesthouse packed with a playful spirit and an eye for detail.
Address: Houkan-cho 3-1-35, Kita-ku, Okayama city, Okayama prefecture
HP: http://kamp.jp/ (also in English)
Mixed Dormitory: JPY3,000/person/night
Women’s Dormitory: JPY3,000/person/night
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Asami Asai / Kazutoshi Asai (Kokohore, Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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