If you are travelling to Kurashiki via Shinkansen, you will stop at Shin-Kurashiki. Although there are some worthwhile sights in Shin-Kurashiki (the area is known as Tamashima), most of the attractions that tourists come to see are accessible through Kurashiki Station. The transfer from Shin-Kurashiki Station to Kurashiki Station only costs 190 yen (prices are subject to change).
From Shin-Kurashiki Station, you can visit:
-Saisou-Tei (Yunoki House)
-Sami Beach (the oldest beach in Japan)
-Tamashima Cultural Center
From Kurashiki Station, you can visit:
-Bikan Historic District
-Ohara Museum of Art
-Kurashiki Ivy Square
-Museum of Folkcrafts
-Rural Toy Museum
-Torajiro Kojima Memorial Museum
-Oyama Memorial Museum
-Museum of Natural History
-City Art Museum
-Character Banks Museum
Those are some of the most popular sites near each station, so if you are planning a trip to Kurashiki, you can be aware that Shin-Kurashiki Station is NOT the same as Kurashiki Station. For some this may seem obvious, but it can also be an easy thing to forget!
Kurashiki can be easily reached by train from Okayama station. it is only 15 min and 380 yen.
The train is available every 10 or 15 min.