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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
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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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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Had a lovely time taking a boat ride in the canal (purchase ticket at 500yen per person from the information centre, not at the pier) with a very cheerful guide. It leaves every 30 mins and takes 10 mins. Walking around and sipping coffee ina traditional warehouse is also nice.

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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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Bern, Switzerland
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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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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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