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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
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. To visit Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter on your trip to Kurashiki, use our Kurashiki itinerary planner.
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  • This historical zone provide back-to-ancient life of this prosperous city with warehouses, boat riding with beautiful senic canal for 30minutes, giving my deep understand how important this city in th...  more »
  • The oldest part of this old Japanese coastal city, the Bikan Area, is developed around a channel flanked by nice houses, clubs, hotels and shops. It is a pleasant place to spend few hours admiring the...  more »
  • A ten minute train ride from Okayama JR station by fast train (20 minutes on the slow local train), the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area is a very pleasant place to spend a morning or afternoon. An old...  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.
  • Wonderfully preserved historical town located maybe 10 minutes from Kurashiki Station. There is a beautiful canal there with local shops selling traditional foods and crafts. The charming architecture will bring you back in time. A must-see if you come to Kurashiki!
  • It is a really beautiful street with some traditional buildings. Too much touristic park oriented feeling though.
  • A beautiful place to take a walk. Local shops and foods.
  • relaxing place to spend 2 hours or more just to take a walk along the river and visit these interesting shops. They have rickshaws and boats (if the weather is nice) too