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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 31 Attractions in Kurashiki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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London, United Kingdom
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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.

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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!

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Davis, California, United States
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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

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Sudbury, Canada
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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.

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Newdelhi india
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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

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We opted for Kurashiki as a day-trip destination from Kobe as we had bought a JR Wide-Area Pass and Okayama Prefecture is the westernmost area we could go. Heading southwards from the JR Kurashiki Station for 10 mins and you will reach the Quarter. Despite its touristy nature, visitors can still be soaked in the atmosphere of peace and serenity.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Picturesque streets surrounding a canal with many interesting shops, restaurants and a few museums. Well worth a day of exploring the town and hillside temples at leisure. Easy access via train from Okayama. Ohara Museum is quite a good small art museum.

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Fuchu, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This area is nicer at night with less crowds. Some of the buildings were lit up. Especially the view near the canal is really beautiful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Loved the canal, the streets, the buildings and the galleries. There are also morning markets along the canal with some fantastic crafts. Absolutely picturesque no matter what time of day, but a walk at night is magical.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The historical area close to city of Okayama, 15 min on train and 10 min walk from JR station. All buildings are well preserved from Edo period mixed with western building.

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