Spots in Kurashiki Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    698 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.

    the famed paitings by el greco, renoir, lautrec, etc are here. there are not many of each, but the crown jewels are there. the japanese garden, and the storage buildings are worth a visit too

  • Achi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    213 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.

    High up in the hill overlooking Kurashiki, this Shrine is beautiful and quiet. We went in the evening near sunset. Explore the garden path going up or down the hill. A long staircase also can be used...

  • Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
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    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.

    Visited the pub on Thursday for a drink then decided to have food took advantage of the free starter & dessert deal with big plate specials service was good staff were friendly & the food was good...

  • Roadside Station Kasaoka Bay Farm
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Transportation
    245-5 Kabuto Minami-cho, Kasaoka-shi, Okayama-ken
    This roadside station is located along National Route 2 in the Kabuto Minamimachi area of Kasaoka City. Besides selling specialty products such as local fresh agricultural products and fresh fish, it also offers buffets using delicious land-based food and seafood of Kasaoka. There is also a snack corner and shop selling freshly baked bread. In addition, you can enjoy flowers throughout the year with the approximately one million sunflowers that bloom in flower fields on Kasaoka Bay’s reclaimed land.

    The area Bay Farm is in is a giant swath of reclaimed land (kantakuchi) created in the 60s for farmland. During different seasons they have fields of flowers that people come to look at. A giant...

  • 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.
  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    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.

    The staff are playful and welcoming, they will guide you through the optical illusions. Next comes the ghost alley/mini haunted maze that you go through without the staff. I won’t spoil it because...

  • Yakuyoke Sohonzan Yuga-jinja Shrine Hongu (Mt. Yuga)
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga 2852
    This shrine is located in the Kojima Yuga area of Kurashiki City. The main shrine of the 52 Yuga shrines in Japan, the yakuyoke no sohonzan (head temple of warding off evil) is also known as one of Japan’s three top incarnations of buddha. Yugasan Rendai-ji Temple was founded in 733 by Gyoki, is became the sacred mountain for the mixing of Buddhism and Shinto. There is the custom of visiting both Mt. Yuga and Kagawa’s Kotohiragu Shrine for high divine blessings.

    I thought this was a nice stop away from the hustle and bustle of a city. The view was good - especially during cherry blossom time. We received a personal from a monk around the residence area which...

  • Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Yokoshima 1946-2
    Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum is located in Yokoshima in the city of Kasaoka. It contains a large aquarium where visitors can observe adult horseshoe crabs. The museum also contains exhibits about raising juvenile horseshoe crabs and an exhibit of dinosaur skeletons. Adjacent to the museum are Dinosaur Park, which contains models of dinosaurs, and athletic field, and a nature observation park with a horseshoe crab breeding ground.

    Kabutogani Museum is located right next to the dinosaur park, and is a great spot to visit if you have an hour or so to kill. You will receive a map and a stamp page to collect stamps as you make...

  • Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    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 doesnt looks special ,especially from the standpoint of local Japanese like us.So,we feel 700 yen...

  • Betty Smith Jeans Museum
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimashimonochou 5-2-70
    Betty Smith Jeans Museum and Village is located in Kojima Shimono-cho, 5-chome in the city of Kurashiki. Opened in 2003, it is the first museum devoted to jeans, and its exhibits describe the origin of jeans, their history, the history of domestically produced jeans, the history of Kojima, which is known as a center for manufacturing jeans; as well as some of the machines used in making jeans. Visitors can even order custom-made jeans for themselves.

    We had a great time visiting the Betty Smith Jeans Museum, particularly having the option of putting in the rivets and buttons to your chosen jeans. Choose from a Variety if men’s and women’s jeans...

  • Shimotsui Shipping Agent Museum
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Shimotsui 1-7-23
    This museum is located along Prefectural Route 21 in the Shimotsui 1 Chome area of Kurashiki City. Housed in a renovated Meiji period (1868–1912) shipping agency, it exhibits materials related to the history of Shimotsui. In addition, there is also a restaurant and shop that sells processed marine products.

    Museum well worth seeing with a very interesting array of historical artifacts .The restaurant is excellent and the small shop offers a nice selection of locally produced seafood.

  • Senichi Hoshino Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-10-11 Hilltop Building C Building 2F
    This museum is about 15 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Born in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, Hoshino played pitcher for the Chunichi Dragons. He also served as the head coach of the Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He led his teams to four league championships and one Japan Series championship and has been inducted into Japan's Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum has about 450 items, including trophies like his Eiji Sawamura Award, memorial plaques, uniforms from different parts of his career, his cleats, photographs, and panel displays. You can also watch a video about his career.

    星野仙一さんの中学生・現役時代からプロ野球・楽天で日本一になった監督時代までの実物ユニフォームなど、星野さんの野球のお宝満載の博物館です。建物は狭いですが、野球ファンにはお宝満載!のワクワクする空間となっています。 楽天イーグルスの星野さんにちなんだ応援グッズが、数多く売られています。

  • Kurashikikan Tourist Information Office
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    4.0
    50 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...

  • Design Market Kurashiki Hayashi Genjuro Shouten
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-23-10
    This is a shopping complex opened in 2012 in the restored main building, house, annex, storehouse and courtyard of the drug store Hayashi Genjiro Shouten built in the early Showa period. There are eight shops on the theme of affluent lifestyles in the complex such as everyday goods select shops, original cafes, restaurants where you can enjoy wood-kiln pizza, and denim specialty shops. There is a memorial room in the main building introducing the history of the drug store Hayashi Genjiro Shouten. The nearest station is Kurashiki Station.

    倉敷美観地区にある色々なお店が入っている複合施設です。とてもおしゃれなので若い方には人気があります。

  • Former Nozaki Family Residence
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimajino 1-11-19
    This historical monument is located in the Kojima Ajino 1 Chome area of Kurashiki City. One of the houses of Nozaki Buzaemon who built his fortune in the salt-making industry in the late Edo period (1603–1868), it is a designated prefectural historic site. On the approximately 10,000 square meter premises, there are also the nationally-designated important cultural properties “Former Nozaki Family Residence” and several “dozo-gun” storehouses. In addition, it also exhibits materials as the “Nozaki Family Residence Salt Experience Museum.”

    This is amazing - not just the scale but natural beauty of buildings / gardens. The owner had a vision and created an ancestral home- Downton Abbey Japan - style; even can see how the servants worked...

  • Ohara House Katalyzer
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Chuo 1-2-1
    A 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station. Located within the Former Ohara Family Residence, a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan, in front of Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. The Ohara House was built during the late Edo period and this is the actual house that various members of the Ohara family actually resided in, including Ohara Magosaburo, the founder of the Museum of Art. You can freely wander around the grounds even as far as the detached section of the house, from which you can see the Japanese garden, and can follow the stone path to the storehouse. Within the grounds you'll find creative exhibits about the Ohara family including the Downpour of Words and can also visit the cafe surrounded by the Ohara family's library.

    大原美術館を出て今橋を渡ると目の前でした。大原家の旧宅がよく保存されています。大原家の歴史が古文書のような資料からが展示されていました。中の庭がきれいに整備されていました。

  • Kurashiki City Monogatari-kan
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-23-18
    Located at the entrance to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this is your home base for sightseeing in the region. This building features an impressive nagaya gate outside, and exhibition rooms filled with Kurashiki’s history, as well as a multi-purpose room and a café inside.

    I walked past this 3 times without realising what it is. Very discrete signs yet it is right at the entrance of the Beautiful District “Bikan”. It is an information centre and a small museum. The...

  • Bisei Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Biseichouokura 1723-70
    This astronomical observatory is located in the Okura area of Bisei-cho, Ibara City. With a 101-centimeter reflecting telescope, you can observe astronomical objects without a reservation from Friday to Monday night. In addition, besides displaying a life-size reproduction of an ancient Chinese celestial position measuring instrument, scale model of the 101-centimeter reflecting telescope and a solar telescope, there is also a library and training room.

    金曜日から、日曜日にかけて、夜色々な惑星等が口径101センチ望遠鏡で天体観測が出来ます。月曜日は休館日です。

  • Kikkodo (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Branch)
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-22-13
    This long-established Japanese confectionery shop is located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture and opened in 1877. It is the shop that created the famous Kurashiki sweet “Murasuzume,” which is made by taking a thin crepe and coating the browned side with coarse sweet red bean paste and wrapped in the shape of half moon. You can purchase Murasuzume made by expert bakers, and can even try your own hand at baking some. It takes about five minutes, and you can choose between regular and jumbo sizes. Visitors will take turns making them after applying.

    This cafe and sweets shop is near the entrance to the Bikan Historical District. I had zenzai there--hot sweetened, soupy azuki beans with two mochi floating on top--hit the spot. My husband had the...

  • Nomaru Engei Kibiji Farm
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Soujashi Nishigori 411-1
    This agritourism farm is located along Prefectural Route 270 in Nishigori, Soja City. Besides having the prefecture’s largest strawberry picking field, you can experience blueberry picking, potato digging, interacting with animals, barbecues, and making pizza in stone kilns. In addition, there are gourmet facilities such as a cake workshop using fruits from the farm and a buffet restaurant, and a direct sales store for agricultural products.

    お野菜、果物、たまごやお豆腐、デザート、お酒、お土産品まで、なんでもそろいます。簡単にお食事ができるところもあり、なんだか開放的で好きです。

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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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