Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki

Stroll through history at Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, a nostalgic neighborhood characterized by its Edo Period architecture, weeping willows, and stone bridges. This historical district rose to importance in the 17th century, when Kurashiki represented a significant stop along the rice distribution route. Take a scenic boat ride along the Kurashiki River to take in views of centuries-old villas along its banks, and be sure to stop by the quarter's many souvenir shops and local cafes after taking in the sights. Use our Kurashiki online trip planner to arrange your visit to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and other attractions in Kurashiki.
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  • It was so charming early morning and especially at night. Like you're in one of the cities in Europe.  more »
  • It takes 15-20 minutes to get to the barn, and the Street View in the area is well preserved, with a great sense of time. Two side stores trafficking, the Japanese tradition the more before the fire, suitable for this day stroll digging treasure.
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  • We visited on a tour of the major travel companies. Actually contained here 40 years ago in high school excursion trip. Sorry I could not participate in the excursion, there are circumstances beyond our control, did not. While hoping that we wanted to wander. Walking down the old town views, shops, etc. so enjoy! Featured find walking down the street. I still shop there, it's fun.
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  • Pretty historical quarter with lots of interesting shops with a canal running through it. There are lots of old buildings offering snacks, tea, crafts, and wares. There is also a denim section that offers some reasonable and well made denim clothes and bags. You can take a short trip in the canal and there are plenty of pretty cherry trees hanging over the edge of the canal. There are also a couple of excellent coffee shops that offer seriously good coffee, plus I ate an excellent curry udon, where the curry base tasted home made and quite spicy. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Simply breath taking. A beautiful preserved area stunning architecture, lots of various craft shops, restaurants and a museum or 2. Or why not get on one of the small river boats and watch the world go by. I purchased several small high quality gifts and sake of course well worth a visit and yes I'd go back!
  • Very pleasant pedestrianised streets and easy going atmosphere. This is very much on the tourist circuit so expect the usual array of sweet shops, ice cream stalls and souvenir shops - I expect it has lost most of its authenticity. Some of the shops have really unique denim clothes and accessories, even if you aren’t really into denim. The shrines on the nearby hillside provide welcome relief from the frenzied commercialism of the shopping areas.
  • Old historical area of Kurashiki with a canal where you can lie back and travel along by gondola. The area has been significantly enhanced over the past few years and now sprawls over many pretty streets filled with traditional style buildings occupied by many cafes and craft) souvenir shops. The area is gradually getting better known across Japan as a tourist destination for the Japanese, but is not yet that well known among foreigners visiting so it's well worth going (just be prepared to smile and wave a lot at surprised Japanese people if you stand out!). There is also a combo owl, hedgehog and Bengal kitten cafe in one building near the main strip where you can get a discount if you do all three...
  • I was recommended that I visit this place by a friend, and I could see why it is one of her favorite places in Japan. A lot of history, charming shops, delicious snacks, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that rivals some of the more-famous historical areas to the east. This, along with the sites in Kojima, build a fascinating story of reclaiming land to build the area, and trade that connected this area to all of Japan hundreds of years ago, to the more-recent textile and jeans industries. It's great to have visited and I plan to again, as I am also glad more and more people are discovering this amazing area.
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