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Address: Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
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The Bikan Historical quarter is a bit like walking back in time. The canal area is full of shopping and eating opportunities while a stroll along the many narrow streets will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Bikan Historical quarter is a bit like walking back in time. The canal area is full of shopping and eating opportunities while a stroll along the many narrow streets will give you an idea of what old Japan was like. There are museums, temples and shrines within the quarter in easy walking distance. You could spend days here.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

GREAT experience. Pretty canal with swans and koi, many shops selling unique handmade items (artsy, high quality, but great prices). great Japanese architecture. It was wonderful to walk through the quaint narrow streets lined with pretty shops, art galleries, and houses. Highly recommend. A gem!

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We are all lucky that the good citizens of Kurashiki decided to preserve their historical district along a canal. The result is a charming walking area, filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, and museums. Rickshaw and boat rides are available. Swans and herons abound. The people watching is superb, especially when the flowering cherries are blooming. Highly recommended.

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高岡市, 富山県
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Each traditional small town in Japan has its own beauty, however Bikan Quarter is exceptional because the area enjoys the fullest supports from the city in all aspects, which is rather rare case among 'small Kyotos' all over Japan. It has Ohara Museum in its center and authentic fire-proof buildings with beautiful white plaster walls and roofs everywhere. Coffee shops,... More 

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Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Beautiful in all 4 seasons, Summer has a luscious green bloom. Fall has all these crisp brown and red colors. Winter has this beautiful warm feeling and, Spring is the best time to visit. Theres so many to see there, swans, coffee, tea, pottery, sweets, Japanese goodies, Kimonos, etc. Theres a temple on top of the hill and a nice... More 

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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

On a sunny day, this is a great place to take your time, stroll around the streets, take photos, buy some local crafts, sample some local sweets etc. Okayama Prefecture (Kurashiki City) has lots of sunshine, so even in the middle of winter, you can enjoy being outside. There is a kind town guide (Mr. Fujino) who will take your... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went to Kurashiki twice as we loved it so much. Quaint old style shops with great shopping and of course, what the Japanese are famous for, excellent customer service! The streets are the narrow old style with a lovely stone wall lined river running through it. We were lucky to see a traditional Japanese wedding group on a little... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Anyone who enjoys seeing old Japan needs to visit this place. Its well preserved building makes walking along the canal nostalgic. Apart from the main thoroughfare, don't miss out on Ivy Square at the back alley. Its a nicely preserved red brick area with shops and places for nice photo shoots.

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Took the local train (Sanyo Line) from Okayama & then about a 750m walk to the historic canal area. It is full of museums, restaurants, galleries & interesting shops. For example, the Atelier Mobili sells all manner of mobiles a la Calder. As it was lunch time we found a quiet restaurant on the street back from the canal on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not as famous as some other historical areas, the canal and old warehouses of Kurashiki are really worth a visit. Take an afternoon and wander through the old back streets that are lined with interesting shops and restaurants. Stroll along beside the water or take a tour boat down the canal. Boat tour presentations are only in Japanese but even... More 

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