We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
Improve this listing
91%
Ranked #2 of 32 Attractions in Kurashiki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Attraction details
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural

Hotels near Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Write a Review

393 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    169
    182
    35
    7
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Singapore
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gympie, Australia
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
66 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kyoto, Japan
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
61 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Highly recommended- a cute little town with lovely shops, galleries, museums, small cafes and restaurants.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nonthaburi, Thailand
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

During the autumn time, the foliage along the canal is so beautiful.The shops are so interesting, one will sell everything about cats;bags, key chains,notebooks etc.There is also Denim street,where might be transfered from Kojima since my son went there[Kojima] and said most of the shops are close.The black sesame ice cream is the one you should try.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
154 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

the canal is the center of this area and on both sides there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Also shops to buy memorabilia.. Strolling at night and watching the people in the restaurants , drinking lots of beer. Riding bicycles Along the narrow lanes, it's beautiful. Morning looks different, as expected. Wonderful place for photo shootings.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Quality shops & traditional "wa-fu" cafés - highly recommended for couples, girlfriend tours and family! Enjoyable walks throughout the alleys enough to spend the whole day. Every turn of the road brings a new excitement - a "must see" in Kansai!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Davis, California, United States
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
42 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Entering the Bikan Chiku area of Kurashiki, Japan, is like walking through a time warp into ancient feudal times, without facing the dangers of crossing a samurai warrior. With a distinct and stunningly beautiful architectural design, sometimes copied elsewhere in the country, you'll see a central canal crossed by traditional curved bridges, and lined by wonderful shops and eateries. There... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sudbury, Canada
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It is great fun to walk around this area, take in the architecture and style. Old Japanese streets. Arts and crafts shopping and then take in a bowl of udon noodles. It's a fun afternoon. I've been many times over the years.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Newdelhi india
Top Contributor
201 reviews 201 reviews
135 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is the old merchant quarter with the whole area being a throw back to 17th century Meiji period of Japan`s history!The quaint charm of those times have been retained with white wooden houses with traditional black tiles & no electrical poles on the roads!Some families who have lived here for generations are still there! Peace & serenity rules in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter also viewed

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
 
Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
 

Been to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?