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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 26 attractions in Kurashiki
Type: Historic Walking Areas
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Bern, Switzerland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Kurashiki so far is my favorite among all those charming historic towns in Japan. It is well preserved but still lively. Although touristy, there are ordinary people living and working in the houses as well. It is easy to reach from Okayama and definitely worth spending half a day or more exploring the little streets.

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Visited the old quarter twice , during the day and at night, really get the feel of old world Japan. There has been a great effort to keep it as it was generations ago and luckily it was not damaged in the war so it is all quite genuine. Some families that live there have been there for many generations.... More

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Bern
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

If you want to explore the old Japan a bit more, Kurashiki's Bikan Quarter is a must see. The beautifully kept houses with all the wonderful shops that line up along the canal are a great sight to see. It gives you a feeling of going back in time. The pace is nice and slow. I believe it must just... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We spent 2 hours strolling along the beautiful historical route and feeling so relaxed. There are nice shops selling handicrafts, coffees n candies. Weather is great under the shadow of mimoji.

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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Just 10 mins walk from the JR station you will enter to this beautifully conserved historic quarter. Buildings, shops and the canal are as in their good old days. There are many artist especially along the canal showcase their artworks. It's easy to spend a day strolling through the street, hopping into shops with their own unique products like pottery,... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

a surprisingly large area of streets - both merchants warehouse conversions and also the merchants family homes - many offering walk-in art and craft classes - Loads of museums too. Good for a couple of days chilling out

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London, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is a place to walk around and savour slowly, but it would be even nicer to stay in one of the two old ryokan (Japanese-style inns) in the old quarter. The shops don't sell the usual touristy rubbish but some high-quality Bizen-yaki pottery or local foodstuffs. A good view of the whole quarter can be had if you climb... More

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Kobe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Japan is dotted with touristic places that feature some agglomeration of traditional houses or shops, but few deserve “three stars,” that merit a trip for sightseeing. Unlike similar sites in Europe, Japanese ones often lack congruous townscape. However, Kurashiki may be an exception, although the attractive tourist district at issue is very compact and it only covers no more than... More

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Hong Kong
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I have a six day trip in Japan which includes Yonago, Kurashiki, Kyoto and Osaka. This is the places i like the most. I like the silent in this area, i like the food and the shops along the street which can show the historical buildings of Japan. The canal in the middle and small shops on the street are... More

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The Historical Quarter of Kurashiki is a charming oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Japan and it is only a twenty minute walk from the JR station. Set along a canal there are quaintly old fashioned buildings with lots of interesting shops, art galleries, eating places and food stalls. It is easy to find your way around and I... More

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