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  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    595 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.

    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...

  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum
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    3.5
    34 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...

  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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    4.0
    54 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.

    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
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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 doesn't looks special ,especially from the standpoint of local Japanese like us.So,we feel 700 yen...

  • Setonaikai National Park
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    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.
  • Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland
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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.
  • Kurashiki Archaeological Museum
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    4.0
    18 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.

  • Design Market Kurashiki Hayashi Genjuro Shouten
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    4.5
    37 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.

    很好看的小百貨。有三層。地下賣小物件。也有一個常設小展覽。樓上是咖啡廳。也有一個展望式陽台。十分有趣。

  • Kurashiki City Monogatari-kan
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    3.5
    35 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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    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.
  • 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 Yoimachi GARDEN
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-22
    This cultural facility complex is located in Chuo 1 Chome, Kurashiki City. It has an Italian restaurant utilizing seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, a fruit parlor offering a menu using fruits from the prefecture, and a salon and gallery that can be used for exhibitions and workshops in a newly built Kurashiki machiya (traditional wooden townhouse). There is also an adjoining bamboo forest walking garden and outdoor event space that is lit up after sunset.
  • Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum
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    4.5
    12 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.

    平櫛田中の、唐獅子の関連の作品と五浦釣人の関連作品を中心に多くの作品があります。 試作品などもあり、色々な角度から作品を見れます。 試作品と言えども力強く素晴らしい作品ばかりです。 美術館まえの公園も綺麗で気持ちいいです。

  • Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum
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    4.0
    30 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...

  • Kasaoka Kodai no Oka Sports Park
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Hashiride 3478-4
    Kasaoka Kodai no Oka Sports Park is located in Hashiride in the city of Kasaoka. It contains sports facilities, such as a baseball diamond and two athletic fields of the appropriate size for playing soccer, as well as a campground with tent sites and a cookhouse, and outdoor recreational equipment.

    子供向けの遊具がたくさんあり、人もあまり多くなく、とても楽しませることができてよかったです。景色もいいです

  • 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.
  • Kitagishima Shimoura Beach
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Kitagishimachou
    This beach is located in the Kitagishima-cho area of Kasaoka City. An approximately 250 meter beautiful sandy beach where you can look at the islands of the Kasaoka Islands including Obishima Island and Mushima Island, besides the beach houses open in the summer that offer snacks such as island summer vegetable curry, there is also the Shimoura Beach Campground.
  • Nakayama Park
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimaogawachou 2831
    This park is located along Prefectural Route 21 in the Kojima Ogawa area of Kurashiki City. Besides a baseball field with equipment for night games, athletic field and tennis court, it also has facilities such as a gymnasium where you can do archery and a fitness room. In addition, there is a square with large playground equipment and an observation platform.
  • Kojima Marine Pool
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimaogawachou 3697-2
    This pool facility is located in the Kojima Ogawa-cho area of Kurashiki City. This a 25-meter indoor pool open year-round and a 50-meter outdoor pool with a diving tower open in the summer, it has rental conference rooms, training rooms, a park and a fountain square that is open in the summer. In addition to swimming classes for children and adults, they also hold various kinds of other classes such as gymnastics and karate.
  • Sakazu Park
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Sakadu 1556
    This park is located in Sakazu, Kurashiki City. It has a multipurpose field, outdoor pool, plaza and large playground equipment. There are water distribution ponds, water gates and irrigation canals under the theme of water and cherry blossoms, and it is popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring when the approximately 500 trees bloom.

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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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