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“Well conserved heritage”

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
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2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Osaka Including Miyajima and Okayama
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2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Kyoto Including Miyajima and Kurashiki
Ranked #1 of 95 things to do in Kurashiki
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Just 10 mins walk from the JR station you will enter to this beautifully conserved historic quarter. Buildings, shops and the canal are as in their good old days. There are many artist especially along the canal showcase their artworks. It's easy to spend a day strolling through the street, hopping into shops with their own unique products like pottery, toys, fabric products and local foodstuffs.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

a surprisingly large area of streets - both merchants warehouse conversions and also the merchants family homes - many offering walk-in art and craft classes - Loads of museums too. Good for a couple of days chilling out

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is a place to walk around and savour slowly, but it would be even nicer to stay in one of the two old ryokan (Japanese-style inns) in the old quarter. The shops don't sell the usual touristy rubbish but some high-quality Bizen-yaki pottery or local foodstuffs. A good view of the whole quarter can be had if you climb up to the shrine on the hill behind it. While in Kurashiki don't miss the Ohara Museum of Art, the oldest private museum in Japan, which contains a stunning collection of Impressionist art (Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, Renoir, etc) and much else.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Japan is dotted with touristic places that feature some agglomeration of traditional houses or shops, but few deserve “three stars,” that merit a trip for sightseeing. Unlike similar sites in Europe, Japanese ones often lack congruous townscape. However, Kurashiki may be an exception, although the attractive tourist district at issue is very compact and it only covers no more than 10 hectares. This city district has been an attractive tourist site for decades, and it seems to have succeeded in improving its congruity and attractiveness through good governance of its conservation effort.

Its compact size allows tourists with comfortable stroll and sightseeing. Furthermore, the site is a short walking distance from Kurashiki JR railway station. Its sightseeing can be easily combined with a visit to Korakuen Garden (in Okayama City), which is counted among the three most beautiful Japanese gardens by popular acclaim.

Although it is possible for foreign tourists in a hurry to visit both places, in conjunction with Shinkansen trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima or Fukuoka, or vice versa, an overnight stay is worthwhile. It will allow leisurely sightseeing of these places, and that is the recommended way to enjoy them in full. For those who do take this option, my advice is to stay in Kurashiki, and to get up early the next morning for morning stroll. It provides a chance to appreciate the quaint beauty of the district in the morning calm. In the daytime, the district is often full of tourists, just too many to enjoy the area’s cultural heritage. We never see a promotional picture or poster of Machu-Pichu with full of tourists, for good reasons. The same rule applies to many sites with cultural heritage, with Kurashiki among them.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I have a six day trip in Japan which includes Yonago, Kurashiki, Kyoto and Osaka. This is the places i like the most.

I like the silent in this area, i like the food and the shops along the street which can show the historical buildings of Japan.

The canal in the middle and small shops on the street are a good combination for taking pictures and enjoy an afternoon with your fds. Variety of food and souvenir can be found in here. I will come again if i have chance.

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