Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kurashiki Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    698 Reviews
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    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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Kurashiki Archaeological Museum
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    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.

  • Kurashiki City Art Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 2-6-1
    This art museum is located along Kurashiki Chuo-dori Street in Chuo, Kurashiki City. It is situated in the building of the former Kurashiki City Hall that was designed by the architect Tange Kenzo. Holding a collection centered on over 8,000 pieces by the Japanese painter Ikeda Yoson including those donated from the painter himself, the museum also holds events such as collection exhibits, temporary exhibits, art courses and gallery talks.

    倉敷駅から美観地区へ行き、そこから近くにある美術館です。新収蔵作品展が開催されていて、岡山にゆかりのある作品を展示していて斎藤真一、柏木祥吉郎かど作品が展示してありました○

  • Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Ibarachou 315
    Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum is located next to the city hall in Ibara-cho in the city of Ibara. The collection is centered around the works of Hirakushi Denchu, an early modern master of wood sculpture in the Japanese style, who was born in Ibara. Also on exhibit are the works of artists who were closely associated with Hirakushi Denchu and the works of winners of the Hirakushi Denchu Prize. Some of Hiraskushi Denchu’s works are exhibited in Denchu-en Park, which is in front of the museum.

    岡山県の友人に 「たなか美術館っていうのがあるよね」と話したら 「でんちゅう、です」と笑われたことがある 平櫛田中美術館に寄りました。 が、タイミング悪く、休館日は月曜のはずが、祝日の場合は翌日も休館日だったようで、お休みでした。 その代わりに美術館前の公園には 平櫛田中の代表作「鏡獅子」のレプリカがあり、公園自体も雰囲気良く素敵な散策ができました。 次回訪れることがあった時は ぜひ入ってみたいも...

  • Kasaoka Municipal Chikkyo Art Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Rokubancho 1-17
    This art museum, opened in 1982, is a five-minute taxi ride from JR Kasaoka Station. It's dedicated to share the achievements of Japanese painter Chikkyo Ono with posterity. Many posthumous works have been donated, and it has received support from the national and prefectural governments. Ono's works include gentle paintings that change with the light of the seasons, and indeed offer subtle shifts even through the course of the day, and they almost seem alive with the breath of nature. The museum also holds limited time special exhibits.

    its impossible to me describe such strong and different feeeling that this museum moved in me. you have just to try if you want to know something more about yourself and your link with nature

  • Okayama Astronomical Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Asakuchishi Kamogatachouhonjo 3037-5
    A 20-minute taxi ride from Kamogata Station on the JR San'yo Main Line. A municipal museum located in Kamogata-cho, Asakuchi City which was recently remodeled in 2018. Here visitors can learn about astronomy through a planetarium where you can experience the seasonally changing night sky, fair weather solar observation, and exhibits on astronomical phenomena and the universe. In the digital space theater, you can experience outer space in four dimensions via exciting 3D imagery. The museum also holds classes on astronomy and events in which participants can experience the scientific wonders found all around in everyday life.

    天体望遠鏡は、とても大きく迫力があります。 博物館は、展示物にやや年期を感じる。展示物を見る時間は、30分程度で見れます。プラネタリウムは、きれいで良かった!また、アポロ計画の映像がプラネタリウムであり、それも迫力があって良かった! そして、4Dで宇宙の大きさに関する解説イベントがあり、立体メガネでスクリーンを見ます。 解説のスタッフさんの説明がとてもうまく、たいへん勉強になります。 宇宙に興味の...

  • Hanatori Otsuka Museum
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Okayama Ibara-shi Takayacho 3-11-5
    This museum is run by the Takaya Group, which operates in the Ibara & Fukuyama region. It holds a collection of around 600 pieces, centered around a 300 piece collection of works by Japanese style painter Keika Kanashima, a native of Kannabe-cho, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima. The museum is divided into Exhibition Hall 1 Exhibition Hall 2, and Hanatori Exhibition Hall. The Hanatori Exhibition Hall is designed as a Japanese style room with a Tokonoma alcove, and is used for events like lectures or tea ceremonies.

    日本画中心の小さな美術館です。 ツアーの立ち寄りで訪れたため入館料は不明です。 入口ロビーの片隅に無料の給茶サービスがあり驚きました。 展示物は当地の画家の方を中心の作品の数々で見ごたえもあります。 庭園も美しく手入れされていました。 開設者の奥様に所縁ある茶室もありました。 3千家でないというところまでしか記憶に残せず残念です。

  • Kurashiki Museum of Natural History
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    3.0
    4 Reviews
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Chuo 2-6-1
    A 15-minute walk from KR Kurashiki Station. This museum is organized into four different themes; Earth Sciences, Flora, Insects, and Fauna, and has exhibits introducing you to the flora and fauna of Okayama Prefecture as well as the insects and plants of the world. In the entrance hall you'll be greeted by parent and child models of ancient Elephas naumanni elephants which move and make sounds. With the large number of specimens and elaborate replicas you'll be able to explore the history of all sorts of living things almost as if you were out in the wilds yourself. There's even tanuki and inoshishi boar fur, dinosaur foot bones, and fossils of Elephas naumanni elephants that you can touch.

    入場料は150円、昆虫や動物のはく製などが展示しています。その為か見学していた小さな男の子のテンションは上がりっぱなし、「カミキリ虫」を見てかっこいーなんて言うのには少し微笑ましい感じでした。今の成人した男女とも虫は嫌いという人は大勢いると聞きますので、こればかしは好みでどうぞといったところです。

  • Kojima Boat Race (Kojima Boat Race Stadium)
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimamotohamachou 6-3
    Kojima Boat Racing is a motorboat racing course located along Prefectural Route 21 in Motohama-cho, Kojima, in the city of Kurashiki. It fronts on the Inland Sea, and it is unusual in the degree to which the rising and falling tides affect the water’s surface. The racing course holds family-centered events, such as Boat Kids Park.
  • Tamashima no Mori
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Tamashimaotoshima 8255-1
    This comprehensive athletic park is located in the Otoshima area of Tamashima, Kurashiki City. Besides facilities such as a track and field with nighttime lighting, baseball field, tennis court, gymnasium and outdoor 50 meters by 10 course pool, there is also playground equipment and a plaza, and the park is used for sports competitions and as a place for residents to relax.
  • Kasaoka General Sports Park
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Heiseichou 63-2
    Kasaoka General Sports Park is an athletic facility in Heisei -cho in the city of Kasaoka. It contains a running track, a soccer field, a general gymnasium with a large and small arena and training rooms, tennis courts, multipurpose fields, a playground, a restaurant, and garden allotments. All these features make it a destination for many activities in addition to sports.

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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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