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  • Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou - Hon, Higashi-Achi
    The Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki City is an area established based on landscape ordinance. Strictly speaking, it was selected as one of Japan’s “Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings”, “a preservation district for the group of traditional building in Kurashiki Riverbank in Kurashiki City” and the “Traditional Aesthetic Preservation District” which was established by ordinance of Kurashiki City. The “Kurashiki Riverbank” with its rows of willows which line Kurashiki River and the white earthen-walled warehouses are representative of the Bikan district. There are also cultural facilities and sightseeing spots standing side by side including Ohara Museum of Art.
  • Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Shimotsuifukiage 303-1
    An amusement park in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture with a spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea and Seto-ohashi Bridge. In addition to bungee jumping, a rarity in the Chugoku and Shikoku region, that park offers a variety of exciting attractions, including four roller coasters and the Turbo Drop vertical free fall drop ride. There's also an inline skate park, pool in summer, petting zoo, and dog park, making Washuzan Highland a popular destination for people of all ages. Brazilian samba shows are held in the park every day.
  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    595 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-1-15
    Located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum was Japan’s first private museum dedicated to Western art. The museum was built by Kurashiki industrialist Magosaburo Ohara in 1930. The Main Gallery, styled like a Greek temple, remains as it looked when the museum first opened. Inside, works by master Western painters such as Cezanne, Degas, and Renoir are on display. Several gallery concerts are held each year, a tradition which began in 1950.

    This is a private collection of art work which is worth visitting while in this small lovely town. The ticket is 1,300 yen and no photo allowed inside the museum which is a pity. There are 3...

  • The Ohashis’ House
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    4.0
    88 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 3-21-31
    This building has the architecture of a merchant’s house and is located in Kurashiki City. The Ohashi family were large land-owners who made their fortune developing fields for drying salt and fields for growing rice in the late Edo period. The house has a Nagaya-mon gate which faces the street, while the main house is arranged with features such as having a front garden which is separated by a gate. The house was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1978.

    This attraction is the former home of the family that established the Ohara Museum and played a large role in the community over several hundreds of years. It is a chance to see a traditional house...

  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-16
    Located in the center of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum dedicated to toys is housed inside an Edo period rice granary. Countless time-honored Japanese toys from around the country are on display, including traditional toys, Daruma dolls, and hina dolls. Although an entry fee is required for the main building, one of the galleries inside a former inner storehouse, the museum shop, and café are free to enter.

    For sure the amount of old craft toys is displayed in a very tiny place:kites, masks, dolls, darumas, small toys are really a jewel that tells us s lot about rural Japan and Japanese children. 400...

  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 5-11
    It is a museum dedicated to the traditional Japanese folk story of Momotaro, to which Okayama Prefecture is said to be connected. In addition to historical materials related to the Momotaro story, the museum also houses interactive attractions such as the haunted house-style tunnel through Onigashima, the Island of Demons. The museum’s optical illusions, such as a photo spot where you can take a picture of your head emerging from a peach, are particularly popular. During the summer, the museum hosts an evening haunted house event.

    A little museum about Momotaro, the little boy from Japanese tales. This is mostly for kids, but as it's part of Japan, it was nice to see once. The staff was funny, asking you to try some of the...

  • Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-11
    The museum is located on the banks of the Kurashiki River in the Bikan Historical Quarter. Housed inside late Edo period rice granaries, the museum was the first project in Kurashiki to re-use such granaries for a new purpose. The museum displays some 15,000 examples of beautiful folk crafts from around the world, including pottery, glass, stone, textile, and wooden items. The museum shop also offers a wide variety of folk crafts for sale.

    There are many baskets and pottery of Japan used for everyday life. Different from fine art,folk art doesn't looks special ,especially from the standpoint of local Japanese like us.So,we feel 700 yen...

  • Achi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 12-1
    This shrine stands atop a small hill in a corner of the Bikan Historical Quarter. The land is connected with the family of Achi no Omi, who came to Japan from the Korean Peninsula during the time of Emperor Ojin and helped develop Kibi Province, the predecessor to modern-day Okayama, with new technologies. The shrine grounds are home to the largest Akebono wisteria tree in the country; the best time to visit is when the tree is in bloom, from the end of April through May. The shrine sells Achi no Fujimori charms which contain wisteria seeds and are said to bring long life and good health.

    We avoided the 200 steps on the South side and walked a gentle path up from the Kurashiki station side. Clearly not a memorial but a living shrine in use. Buildings are many, the views pretty good...

  • Kuku
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 11-19
    It is a curry restaurant located on the eastern outskirts of the Bikan Historical Quarter. Enjoy vegetable and chickpea curries as well as authentic green curry and keema curry. The lunch set, which includes salad, dessert, and chai with curry, is a popular choice.

    We were attracted by this little shop while strolling along the old style shophouses. Love their simple and cozy interior. They have set lunch which comes with salad, drink and dessert. Their curry...

  • Kurashiki Coffee-kan
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 4-1
    A coffee and bean roasting specialty shopped founded in 1971 standing in the center of the Bikan Historical Quarter. The shop’s popular coffee is made from carefully selected beans which are further sorted in the shop, then carefully roasted and nel drip brewed. In addition to menu standards such as Kilimanjaro, customers can also enjoy daily and seasonal coffees. The shop also sells beans for home use.

    The coffee shop interior is all mellow old wood, which makes it a relaxing place to have a break. The coffee itself is good, although my cappuccino was more like a vienna, with cream on top. Service...

  • Kurashikikan Tourist Information Office
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-8
    This Western-style building constructed in 1917 as the Kurashiki Town Hall today serves as the tourist information office. The building is equipped with a multipurpose toilet, diaper changing stations, and coin lockers. Wheelchairs and baby strollers can also be rented from here. Tickets for the Traditional Boat Tour of Kurashiki Canal can also be purchased here.

    We ended our day in Kurashiki at this place, but probably should have started it there. The staff seemed pleasant and ready to tell us anything we wanted about the historic part of the town. It is...

  • Setonaikai National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo prefecture, Wakayama prefecture, Okayama prefecture, Hiroshima prefecture, Yamaguchi prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Kagawa prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Fukuoka prefecture, Oita prefecture
    This park is one of the first national parks in Japan, and features the scenery of the many large and small islands that make up the archipelago. There are many scenic spots such as Goshikiiwa Rock on Sensuijima Island which is said to be so beautiful that even wizards would get drunk on its beauty, the beautiful archipelago scenery of Mt. Washuzan, Mt. Sekizensan, famous for its cherry blossoms, and Miyajima, one of the three most famous scenic spots in Japan. It is an area of ​​great popularity especially for mountaineers and photographers. In the Seto Inland Sea there are ecosystems such as tidal flats, seaweed beds and wetlands which are home to various rare species such as horseshoe crabs, the finless porpoise, and Miyajima dragonflies, etc. There are three visitor centers each in the Washuzan, Goshikidai, and Okunoshima areas, and the Visitor Center at Okunoshima provides brochures in various languages.
  • Kojima Jeans Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimajino
    This specialty street is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Kojima Station on the JR Seto-Ohashi Line. The birthplace of jeans production in Japan, there are many Kojima jeans makers centered on the Ajino Shopping Street with its retro atmosphere, and it is appealing for the many unique jean products. In addition, in the 400 meters from in front of the former Nozaki family residence to Ajino No. 2 Park, the asphalt is paved in blue, and the charm of jeans is scattered everywhere around the place called the holy place of jeans.
  • Miyake Shoten Cafe Kōbō
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    4.5
    96 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 3-11
    A café operated out of a remodeled old private home with lattice doors, a tiled roof, and white walls located in Hommachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. Inside, the café retains much of the original old interior style, giving it a soothing and quiet atmosphere. A tatami mat seating area is situated just past the earthen floor of the entrance; in the inner part of a café, customers can view the elegant inner garden. The restaurant’s seasonal fruit parfaits are particularly popular—strawberry in spring, peach in summer, Japanese chestnut in fall, and more. The spicy, flavorful Miyake curry and homemade cakes are also well-reviewed.

    It’s a perfect pLace to have a authentic Japanese homemade flavor curry rice in a historical architecture. Price and service are friendly enough to have me come back to visit! It’s a worth of waiting...

  • Heisuiken
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 8-8
    A select food shop located in a residential area a little ways off from the Bikan Historical Quarter in Hommachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. The shop operates out of a remodeled warehouse built in the Taisho period which once belonged to the Morita Shuzo sake brewery. The shop is crowded with carefully selected delicious things from around the country; Heisuiken always stocks over 1,000 different items. Focusing on traditional Japanese foods, the shop carries a wide array of delicacies, from cheeses and jams to seasonings and even foods from other countries.

    銀座シックスにもお店のある平翠軒は倉敷に本店があります。美観地区にある森田酒造のお店で食品のセレクトショップでデパ地下のような楽しさがあります。

  • Yurinso
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-3-18
    A mansion built by businessman Magosaburo Ohara in 1928 for his ailing wife in the Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. The buildings green tiled roof, specially ordered from Senshusakai craftsmen, draws the eyes. The building is also characterized by its unique design combining elements of Japanese, Western, and Chinese architecture. The structure was designed by Ito Chuta, the famed architect behind the Ohara Museum of Art, Yakushiji Temple, and Meiji-jingu Shrine. Western-style painter Torajiro Kojima who renowned garden designer Ogawa Jihei VII were also involved. The mansion is opened to the general public twice a year in spring and fall.
  • Kurashiki Ivy Square Restaurant Ivy
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 7-2
    This restaurant is located inside the composite facility Kurashiki Ivy Square, which contains a hotel as well as a multi-purpose hall, memorial hall, and more. It is known for its red brick ivy-covered structure. The modern Western interior has a high ceiling that gives the space an open feel. The Western-style cuisine served here, including the Okayama-brand pork, is made with select ingredients. There's everything from casual lunch sets to full-scale steak dinner courses, and their charcoal-roasted coffee is one of the star attractions of their coffee and tea options. The exotic atmosphere lets visitors treat themselves to an elegant experience. The nearest station is Kurashiki Station.
  • Kurashiki Archaeological Museum
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-3-13
    This museum is in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. It opened in 1950 in a renovated rice storehouse built in the Edo period. The building exterior is used as the background for stamps, posters, and location shoots, and it’s also a popular photo spot for tourists. Inside the building, you’ll find exhibits that focus on items excavated in the Kibi region and archaeological materials, covering from the Paleolithic period to the Muromachi period (1338-1573).

    First of all the building of this museum is very beautiful .This museum is very small but exhibits many pottery and earthenware fro local ruins and somehow Inca.

  • Salon Hashimaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Higashimachi 1-20
    This gallery and cafe was converted from a rice warehouse owned by the distinguished Kusudo family, which ran a kimono shop starting in 1869. The spacious interior has a charming interior accented by the old, quality wooden decor and soothing jazz. The fully charcoal-roasted coffee has a mild taste and complements the chiffon cake and baked goods perfectly. Exhibits, concerts, wedding parties, and other events are regularly held here. The nearest station is Kurashiki Station.
  • TRATTORIA Hashimaya
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Higashimachi 2-4
    This casual restaurant, located in Higashimachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, was opened by a longstanding local kimono shop. The shop interior was renovated from a space being used as a garage by an old distinguished family, and features high ceilings and a fusion of Japanese and Western retro sensibilities. The owner procures fresh vegetables, fish, and other ingredients from contracted farms and directly from the marketplace. You can enjoy southern Italian cuisine made with local Okayama ingredients. The menu features simple dishes such as pasta lunch sets in addition to dinner courses and an assortment of wines recommended by the sommelier.

    こじんまりした古民家カジュアルイタリアン。 スープ、パン、前菜盛り合わせ、パスタ2種盛り合わせのコースをいただきました。 前菜とパスタはちょっと薄味だったかな。

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan’s Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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