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“One of my favourite places in Japan!”

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
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$760.81*
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2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Kyoto Including...
Ranked #2 of 139 things to do in Kurashiki
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Get a feel of old Japan meandering around this beautiful area with old shophouses, a peaceful canal lined with cobblestones and willow trees. During the day it gets busy, with kids feeding the swans and ice cream sellers hawking the most delicious Momo (peach) ice cream you have ever tasted. Each little shop, beautifully presented, selling quaint souveneirs, traditional foods and snacks, and handicrafts. Photo opportunities at every turn - my one warning would be to go early, even the day before if you can, and get a ticket for the canal boat ride as they sell out fast and we missed out. We wandered around here all day and it was bliss! At night the area quietens down but is beautifully lit, so another great opportunity for night time photography.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

If you want to experience the streets from Edo period without going to a movie studio, this is a great place for it. It's very relaxing to walk around the area visiting small shops selling traditional crafts and eats. The scenery is beautiful too with willows flowing by the river. It gives you the feeling that you have been time warped into the past. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

This is Kurashiki's most beautiful attraction which everyone MUST GO. A 10-15minutes walk away from Kurashiki JR station, it's a quiet little town in a world of its own. One would totally feel like being thrown back into the olden days of Japan. Neat rows of black-roofed houses, shops, and cafes makes a stroll through this town a very wonderful and enchanting experience. The canal is lined with willows and sakura trees, and you can feed the koi and swans swimming in it.

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Reviewed May 27, 2012

If you're going to Japan, visit Tokyo and Kurashiki and go home. Kurashiki is the largest preserved district in Japan. Feels like Samurai days. Beautiful buildings, temples, shrines and shopping that transport you to days of old. Reasonably priced as well. I suggest just walking around and soaking in the atmosphere. Doesn't get any better--- and I lived in Japan 10 years. If you're not a Japanese speaker, take a bilingual friend. I'll meet you there!

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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We expected this area to be bigger but the smallness makes it manageable. A quiet stroll along the canal, stopping at shops and cafés along the way. The canal is overhung with cherry trees and willows. The whole area is pretty and clean and evokes another age with its old buildings and beautifully manicured trees.
Well worth a visit

2  Thank SteveHD
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