Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
Dec 2019
We took the JR train from Fukuoka and arrived in Okayama in less than 2 hours on Sunday, December 29. Prior to leaving for Japan, we bought the 7 Day JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass for $200 per person. It covered Shinkansens and allowed for free seat reservations and proved very useful. From Okayama, it was another 10 minute train to Kurashiki station. We arrived around 10 am. Even late December, there were plenty of tourists walking around in this Historical Quarter.

The area is not large but very walkable with lots of shops and places to eat. I didn't see any boats running though they were parked in the water. Definitely make a trip there and you can combine with a visit to Okayama.
Written January 11, 2020
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Jesdaa P
Bangkok, Thailand165 contributions
Dec 2019
On the day I went to Kurashiki, I stared at Osaka, Okayama, Kurashiki and Himeji. All places interested me. Kurashi Bikan Historical Quarter was one although I had not much time there. The city with historical buildings, willow trees, stone bridges and canal system, especially the colors of the changing leaves which was very beautiful picturesque scene made visitors see ways of Kurashiki life in the past. The present life is displayed by costumes, original storehouses seen as souvenir, boutiques, cafes, sweets shops and museums. It is in a walking distance from Kurashiki train station. There are clear and convenient route signs of POI. Visitors should spend 2-3 hours here.
Written January 11, 2020
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Michael Lau
19 contributions
Jan 2020
Just about 15-min ride on train from Okayama. If you get JR pass, it is free. The canal area is a must-go. Excellent scenery. There are small guest houses along the canal. The best is to stay overnight and you can enjoy the scenery in the daytime and also during the sunset. Jean lovers will have good buy there. There are shops selling jeans all made in Japan.
Written February 23, 2020
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Janet K
Houston, TX1,675 contributions
May 2019
Oh we loved our stay here! Try to schedule early in your trip to Japan? I would suggest arriving in the evening, checking into the Dormy Inn across the street from the quarter, and then walking around during and just after dusk. It is just magical along the canal. Imagine the miniseries Shogun! Then the next day, checkout, store your luggage and then spend the morning back at the quarter. Take a boat ride, go to the shoguns home..have lunch there before getting on the train to Hiroshima.
Written April 26, 2020
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Celyn T
Luzon, Philippines94 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
I visited in the morning, and there were only a few people walking along the area. It was a nice place, and you would really feel like you've stepped back in time. Not only that, this place is complete. It has museums, restaurants, cafes, snack stalls, shopping areas, and just a generally nice area to stroll around.
Written September 20, 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,751 contributions
Feb 2021
The Kurashiki Bikan District is just gorgeous with a ton to see, eat, and do. I stayed in a hotel nearby so I was lucky enough to walk around this area several times. If you want good photos come early, there will be no one out but later in the day it gets crowded. The canal lined with the white buildings is something I'll never forget. I'm used to many historic towns having a district like this that is maybe a block or two but this area was huge. There are so many side streets here worth checking out. There are souvenir shops, restaurants, pottery shops, and other fun shops scattered throughout the area. I would say, take your time walking around and enjoy the atmosphere.
Written February 25, 2021
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan1,593 contributions
Apr 2022
The place is just spectacular and makes you think you've slipped back in time. Achi shrine, Ohara Museum, and Ivy Square are all located within the area. There are many restaurants that serve local cuisine and Udon, which you should also definitely try out while you're here.
It also has several shops that specialize in Bizen ware and denim merchandise. This would be the best place in Okayama to do your shopping.
Written April 27, 2022
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TravelwithContext
California198 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
If you’re into blue denim clothing or old town feel, you might be interested in visiting Kurashiki. If not, I recommend skipping out on this destination as it can dull and boring. Don’t be tempted by the highly edited photos of the trees overhanging the canal that makes this place look nicer than what it really is. There’s swarms of small bugs due to the water canal.

Kurashiki is ~1 hr 30 minute train ride from Osaka. The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is about a 15 minute walk from the train station. As you arrive, you’ll be able to take numerous romantic photos with trees overhanging the background. There are various gift shops that you’d expect at any tourist destination. However, it’ quite notable that there’s lots of blue denim clothing that are made and sold in Kurashiki. If you’re into making clothes, I think you’ll appreciate this old art form of making clothes.
Written March 26, 2019
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SvenMl
Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
You can literally see the old quarter (basically souvenir and icecream shops along a 200m canal) within 20 minutes. How some guidebooks describe the area as the Japanese Amsterdam is beyond me.
Only go if you are in the area, otherwise not worth the travel.
Written August 28, 2018
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ErnestChoy
Hong Kong, China458 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
We find a public carpark, Kurashikishi Central Parking Lot, at Kurashiki City Art Museum, which is close to the canal, charging at ¥100 yen for 30 minutes, or ¥820 as the maximum from 0800 to 2000. The rest of carpark in this area can be very expensive.

Stroll along the pathways on both side of canal is very enjoyable. The scenery of trees, water, boat, bridges, traditional Japanese houses and occasionally ladies dressing in kimono could easily bring back your memory to the history of Japan.

Ohara Museum of Art is the most famous museum along the canal. You are reminded not to miss the two bronze statues, located at the entrance. These are the outstanding work from Rodin. One of them depicts John the Baptist, and the other is the Burgesses of Calais, both are free for your appreciation. In my experience, very few visitors come to notice these spectacular statues.

If you feel like to have a boat ride on the canal, you have better to book it earlier because the waiting time sometimes can extend to more than two hours.
Written March 27, 2018
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