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Address: Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
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A lovely stroll

Walk along the canal. Old style shops, restaurants and an Art Museum. Go for a ride on the canal. An excellent,peaceful example of what Japan must have looked like many years ago.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I like it because they are many different kinds of snacks for you to try. Some snacks are very unique! There are many restaurants with different kinds of cuisines too. You may take the boat trip if you have time.

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Sydney, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Bikan Historical quarter, is a renewed and restored part of Kurashiki. It's a pleasant outdoor space about 500 metres south-east from Kurashiki railway station which is a short 15 minute train ride from Okayama. An information office is just outside the train station. They'll give you a map and offer directions to the site. Take a picnic lunch like... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Walk along the canal. Old style shops, restaurants and an Art Museum. Go for a ride on the canal. An excellent,peaceful example of what Japan must have looked like many years ago.

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Portland, Oregon
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27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The canal and its surrounding buildings are excellent examples of Japan before the war wiped out so many of the buildings. It also is relaxing (of course we were not there with crowds). Worth spending time when in Kurashiki

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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Bikan Chiku is a beautiful neighborhood of canals, shops, restaurants, ryokans, and the O'Hara Art Museum. The canals are lined with beautiful willow and cherry trees. I visited near the end of cherry blossoms; the trees "raining" blossoms made for a pretty spectacular sight. And, as pretty as this area is during the day, it's also very beautiful at night.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Great area to wander through, grab a bite to eat, and take pictures! The buildings are great to look at. Lots of girls dressed up in rented kimonos are wandering around. There are boat rides as well.

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Sacramento, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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