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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  • We were staying at Uji and had the JR pass do we decided to come here for a day trip. Boy was it worth it. The canal area was magnificent despite having alot of tourists. The buildings were spectacula...  more »
  • Come to the mountainous area, the suggestion must take time to go to the dump to walk, completely is different feeling, although the place is not small, but can spend half time, because there are a lot of shops, and the house is very good-looking, so will always want to take pictures, this is the door of the door is earlier, so one to 5, 6 point, Almost no tourists, more suitable for photos, and this side has sold Mt belt store, the color is very fasting whole, like Mt belt people, we must come here to see
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  • This place is stunningly beautiful. The canal area seems made for photo-taking, while the older buildings along it and the streets seem to be from a Japanese historical picture. Yes, definitely crowde...  more »
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  • This place is like Kyoto crossed with Venice the historical buildings combined with the canals make it a unique and exciting place for a visit. There are also a range of shops, art galleries and museums to visit here. Some of these galleries have original artworks from Japanese artists and well known western artists such as Andy Warhol. Overall this district is probably the most important place to visit in Okayama.
  • A great place to see historic Japanese architecture and warehouses along a scenic river with lots of wildlife. A great shopping area and lots of food and dessert vendors.
  • A must visit especially if you love old Japan (and Rurouni Kenshin)! Historical place. The shops are closed rather early, about 5 or 6 pm, so better come earlier.
  • Main reason to go to kurashiki. Quite touristy but for a good reason. Very cosy and atmospheric at night, when lost of the tourists are gone.
  • Period Japan on display. Quaint and friendly. Lots to see and do. Great food.

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Where to stay in Kurashiki

Look to the canal district of Kurashiki for the most characterful accommodations in the old merchant town. Along the willow-lined banks of the main canal, you'll find a selection of hotels and traditional-style guesthouses known as ryokan, some converted from old warehouse buildings. Newly built establishments try their best to get close to the action of this scenic and historic district, so take a look on either side of the canal for a collection of fairly standard hotels and a few hostels.
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