Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

JAPAN by Japan

Aug 23, 2018

~Travel Back In Time To The Edo Period~

Kurashiki is a townscape located along the coastline of the Seto Inland Sea. Centred around the Kurashiki River within the city itself, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a popular destination among both domestic and foreign tourists alike. The riverbanks are rich in culture as they are lined with mansions and warehouses that were built during the Edo and/or Meiji period. Take a walk through the charming townscape and admire the traditional townhouses that have been transformed into stylish stores.

◆Brush up your sensibility by the Kurashiki river

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is largely divided into the Kurashiki Riverside and Honmachi/Higashimachi areas. Beautiful white walls and namako-kabe (black tiles that cover the walls) line the banks of the Kurashiki River, which is also home to cultural facilities such as museums. These include the first modern art museum in Japan, Ohara Museum of Art, which houses over 3,500 pieces of art. The architecture which is a distinctive feature of the museum, as well as the Japanese garden within the compounds, are also the main attractions of the museum.

◆Experience the lifestyle in Kurashiki

Honmachi Street is located in a quiet and peaceful area away from the bustling Kurashiki River. It is lined with cafes and shops that have been renovated in a stylish manner while retaining the lattice doors and sugitama (ball made from sprigs of Japanese cedar) from the past.

Take a breather in the cafes that sell parfaits and desserts made using the local fruits of Okayama, and also enjoy the numerous souvenir shops that sell bags, accessories, and traditional handicrafts made using canvas that has the highest production level in Japan and masking tape that originated from Kurashiki.

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