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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  • A glimpse of an old Japan that is hard to find. WWII (the Pacific War) left so much of the country in ruins and it was built "new" when rebuilt. But this area has been faithfully restored, narrow pede...  more »
  • If you are interested in getting an authentic feel of old Japan this is a town to visit. There is a tree lined canal on which you can go on a short boat ride. I stopped there while on a group tour. I ...  more »
  • The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is certainly a picturesque place to visit with lots of tourist shops where you can mostly buy local products and items. Lovely canal where you can take a short b...  more »
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  • Great place to visit to get a feel for historic Japanese Architecture and streets. It's a beautiful neighborhood full of renovated old houses, shops and restaurants. It is extremely walkable and most of the streets are closed to cars at certain times. There are lots of great places to stay as well.
  • Small quaint town. Nice visit if you are in the area like Okayama. Nice place to walk around the canal and old homes. If possible, try to get there early morning to avoid tour bus groups. Also, visit Ohara Museum of Art. Very surprised in the selection. Didn't plan on staying long, maybe less than an hour. I think I stayed almost 2 hrs.
  • A beautiful historical place to walk around and take photos. The canal is pretty and you can also do boat rides. The stores are generally pottery, chopsticks, knick knacks and street food.
  • This place is very interesting. Lots to see and great food. Enjoyed just walking around the old district found a real nice lady miss. A Sahara that took use on a tour. Learned a lot. Very cool.
  • What a gem! The historical quarter is really beautiful, with well restored historical buildings, a scenic canal running through the area that has areas to sit and chill, as well as artistic shops that have their own independent styles. Spend an entire day here to take in the sights, and stay through the evening to watch as the canal transforms beautifully in the night light.
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