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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter preserves the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture for the present day, with its rows of willow trees gently swaying in the wind, and the beautiful contrast between the white walls and the black-and-white "namako" walls casting their shadows onto the Kurashiki River below.
During the Edo period, this area prospered as a place for rice shipping, and the earthen storehouses let visitors have a glimpse into the past.
This quarter is also home to many cultural establishments, including the Ohara Museum of Art, which has many world-famous works of art, the Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft, the Kurashiki Archaeological Museum, the Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and others.
Sightseeing riverboats can be ridden and enjoyed on the Kurashiki River, which, in days past, used to bustle with the back-and-forth traffic of riverboats loaded with cargo.

Street address

1-4-8 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama
(Kurashikikan Tourist Information Office)

Access

Route1

  • About 10 minutes by foot from Kurashiki Station on the JR Sanyo Line

Route2

  • From Kojima Station on the JR Seto-Ohashi Line, take a bus on the Shimoden Amaki Line toward Kurashiki Station (around 40 min / 640 yen) and get off at "Kurashiki Funaguracho." Then a 10 min. walk.

Opening Hours

Closed

Fee

Traditional Boat Tour of Kurashiki Canal
500 yen
Ohara Museum of Art
1,300 yen

Website

https://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/spot/886

Best season

All year

Point

At the Heartland Kurashiki event held every year during Golden Week (around the 1st week of May), the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is the setting for music and an aquatic parade featuring the Bride of Seto, the Wisteria Maiden, and Princess Kaguya. There is also a stage and many other events held during the event.
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