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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Address: Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
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Our second visit to the Bikan area was more pleasant than the first, because there were fewer tourists and it was easier to move about. Being late autumn there were still a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Judy C
Brisbane, Australia
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Full marks to the kurashiki head of tourism on making the most of what they've got. This area is a single, much photographed, canal that runs about 200m and some surrounding old style streets. Every single business in the historic area seems to be targeted towards tourism. The rest of Kurashiki is pretty bland. The area is nice for a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a few blocks along a picturesque waterway complete with small curved bridges and a pair of swans. Very commercial, somewhat disappointing. Lit up with lanterns at night.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our second visit to the Bikan area was more pleasant than the first, because there were fewer tourists and it was easier to move about. Being late autumn there were still a few colours, but the sparse willow leaves meant the buildings were more exposed and made for better photos. The canal bridge is always popular with wedding couple being... More 

Thank Judy C
Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not heard of this city which is a short train ride from Okayama. It is very old and the streets are full of shops and restaurants. The canal runs thru the streets and provides an incredible backdrop. It was especially beautiful with the fall leaves changing colors. We enjoyed a great stroll thru this area and would recommend... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great walk and nice shops and restaurants. We stayed in Kurashiki to visit several other places, but the Bikan quarter ended up being really nice too. Try the yakitori managed by Kurashiki ryokan.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, it was a great stroll with lots of side store around to do window shopping or getting gifts However, lots of tourists around, can feel slightly cheapen by it; but the view of the canal made up for it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quaint town of small shops and restaurant in kuras (old warehouses) on a central canal. First time I have seen how tea is roasted. Worth the short train trip from Okayama.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bigger than I thought it would be. Be sure to see the Ivy Square which has the cotton factory which made the town wealthy. The shops sell super size Muscat grapes which are very sweet

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lots of traditional Japanese building beside the beautiful river. Perfect spot to take photos during a sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Here Bikan Historical quarter is good area to feel historical culture of Japan. Traditional building, shop, restaurant and there are several museums. I love so much.

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