Kurashiki Travel Guide

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    Mask Exhibit in Rural Toy Museum
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    Achi Shrine, prepare of matsuri
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Kurashiki Things to Do

  • Kurashiki Haruyoi Akari

    The Kurashiki Haruyoi Akari is a special spring light-up event in the Bikan Historic District. It is held in March on Saturdays with the main event held on the last Saturday and Sunday of the event (actual days vary each year). It features candles along the canal, some candles or lanterns around other areas, romantic window scenes, etc. There are...

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  • Senichi Hoshino Museum

    This museum is dedicated to Senichi Hoshino, as famous baseball player who was born here in Kurashiki. He was first drafted in 1968 for the Chunichi Dragons and became a star pitcher, winning 2 league championships.After retiring, he became the manager of the Chunichi Dragons, leading them to two championship, and later he brought the Hanshin...

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  • Makibi Park

    Makibi Park is a Chinese garden located in the northern part of Kurashiki. It is named after Kibi no Makibi, a Japanese scholar born here who traveled to China and introduced the game Go to Japan when he returned. He is also said to have created the katakana syllabary.Prior to entering the garden, there is a Chinese-style building on the left that...

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  • Heartland Kurashiki

    Heartland Kurashiki is an annual event held in May with most festivities set around Golden Week (the first week of May), but many events are also held on weekends after Golden Week to the end of the month.Many of the events utilize the canal. I was able to see the Taketori Monogatari (Taketori Tale) which was an evening boat ride featuring a...

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  • Ohara Museum of Art

    The Ohara Museum of Art is a private museum (the oldest in Japan) dating back to 1930. It features an impressive array of European art in the main gallery, which were purchased by Kojima Torajiro with financial support from Ohara Magosaburo, the founder of the museum. Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with European art should be able to recognize...

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  • Tivoli Park

    Kurashiki tivoli park is a hugh garden with the lake and beautiful flower. Because the park tied up with Denmark tivoli park, all the buildings in the park are designed similar with that in denmark tivoli park.It is amusement park for children.When night falls, numerous illumination from each buildings decorate the park, it is fantasy world for...

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  • Tivoli Park

    One of the things I love about Japanese people is their willingness to embracethe aesthetics of other cultures and to recreate them on their own soil. Kurashiki is a romantic and charming town, but for me, the real gem was Tivoli Park, a recreation of Copenhagen's Tivoli Park and generally gushing salute to Danish culture. The Park is meticulously...

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  • Saisou-Tei

    Saisou-Tei, also known as the Yunoki House, is known for being the site of the seppuku (ritual suicide) of Ataka Kumata in 1868. The Yunoki family had served the Lord of Bicchu Matsuyama. When Tamashima was on the verge of war as riots broke out across the area, Ataka Kumata, who was the associate chief of his clan, committed seppuku. Because of...

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  • Entsuji Temple

    Entsuji Temple is a beautiful temple founded by the priest Gyouki. It is located atop a hill in the Tamashima area of Kurashiki and offers a great view of the city. You can even see the Seto Inland Sea!The temple is most famous for being the site where the Priest Ryokan trained for eighteen years beginning around 1779 under Priest Kokusen. For his...

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  • Momotaro Museum

    The Momotaro Museum is a museum dedicated to Momotaro, the famous legend of the Peach Boy however, it is not just a museum of artifacts. While there are some old books and Momotaro artwork on display, the museum is also a fun display of optical illusions. The ticket salesperson will walk you through the first floor of the museum and show you the...

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  • Achi Shrine

    Achi Shrine is Kurashiki's most important shrine, dedicated to the city's patron deity, and it sits in the middle of the city as part of Tsurugatayama Park. According to one of the miko (shrine maidens), the current shrine dates back to the seventeenth century.Some tourists in Japan claim to get tired of seeing temples and shrines after a while,...

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  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum

    The Japanese Rural Toy Museum is an interesting museum that displays various toys and figurines from all parts of Japan. The first room is a display of many clay figures, kokeshi, and dolls separated by region, so you can see and compare the different toys produced in every part of Japan. It's interesting to see them, and some of the toys are quite...

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  • Ohashi House

    The Ohashi House, built in 1796, is the former residence of the Ohashi family, who were members of the rising merchant class in the late 18th century and were actively involved in obtaining greater authority for the merchant class during a time when the samurai were the most powerful class.The Ohashi family held a high positon in Kurashiki, and the...

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  • Kurashiki Archaeology Museum

    The Kurashiki Archaeology Museum is a nice museum with displays of archaeological findings from Okayama and the Seto Inland Sea, with the oldest artifacts dating back to the paleolithic period (20,000 B.C.). Each floor of the museum displays a different period of Japanese history. Most of the displays consist of ancient pottery, tools, weapons, and...

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  • Achi Shrine (Tsurugatayama Park)

    As a shrine garden,this is the oldest in Japan, and is called an "IWASAKA".The park itself looks like an abandon park, but the shrines is still cool...

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  • Tourist Information

    You can find tourist information office in the Bikan area. See the picture, so you can easily find it.You can get tourist map in kurashiki train station, freely.

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  • O'hara art museum

    Enjoy the paintings of Monet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as modern Japanese oil painters, Takeji Fujishima,Ryusei Kishida, etc. in the Main Gallery.The ticket included Craft Art Gallery(ceramic room), Asiatic Art Gallery (old Chinese art and craft), and Torajiro Kojima Memoria Hall. Torajiro Kojima Memoria Hall is in Kurashiki Ivy Square....

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  • Kurashiki-small Kyoto in Okayama?

    Kurashiki is small city near Okayama. By car is about 40-60 min, while but local train only about 15 min (380 yen). The main tourist attraction of Kurashiki is Bikan area. Here you can find beatiful old city of Japan. Bikan area is small area with Ohara museum of art and Ivy garden. Unnecessary to rent bike, because in bikan area, bike is forbiden.

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Kurashiki Restaurants

  • Bukkake Udon

    Bukkake Udon is a local Kurashiki specialty. Contrary to what some foreigners think, there's nothing strange or funny about it for the Japanese. The name comes from the verb "bukkakeru" meaning 'to splash/pour', because you pour on the sauce yourself.The original version is served cold however, you can get it served hot as well. They also have many...

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  • Kitchy Cafe

    Koimari is a cafe located in Kurashiki's Bikan Historic District. It's in one of the historic buildings. It has a charming old-world European feel inside. As a cafe, they serve many drinks, like coffee, cafe ole, cocoa, and many teas. For food, they have hotcakes, toast, cheesecake, and zenzai. It's a nice place to relax as you're exploring the...

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Kurashiki Transportation

  • Kurashiki and Shin-Kurashiki

    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...

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  • Train to Kurashiki

    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.

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Kurashiki Shopping

  • Shopping Mall

    Just outside the North Exit of Kurashiki Station, this is where Tivoli Park, the Danish Amusement Park once stood. After it shut down, the rides and buildings were taken down and the outlet mall was built. All that remains of Tivoli Park is the fountain and Clock Tower outside the station. It still operates and at each hour it opens up, plays music...

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  • Shopping mall

    Big shopping mall in Kurashiki: books, clothes, furnitures, jewelry, toys, music, and supermarket. Also restaurant and cafe, with average price.It is really enjoyable!!

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  • Souvenir shop

    In this shop, the price for everyhting is 1050 yen (1000 yen + tax).There are a lot of Japanese souvenir, such as Japanese doll (beautiful woman using kimono), yukata (Japanese summer clothes) for children, etc.

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Kurashiki Warnings and Dangers

  • A Case of the Mondays

    A trip to Kurashiki is much more enjoyable when you are able to visit the various museums and historical sites however, be aware that most of the museums in the city are closed on Mondays.If you decide to visit Kurashiki on a Monday, you will be to walk in the Bikan area, visit Achi Shrine, and browse through the various shops, but most of the...

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  • Tivoli Park Closing

    For those planning a trip to Kurashiki, do NOT put Tivoli Park on your itinerary.This is not because the park is boring, it is because as of January 1, 2009 Tivoli Park is officially CLOSED. If you travel to Kurashiki for the purpose of visiting this park, you will be greatly disappointed!Kurashiki has many great historic sights and museums, so...

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    by Rabbityama Written Jan 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Kurashiki is truly one of the largest and best preserved historical districts in Japan. The Bikan Historic area in Kurashiki is a large area of buildings dating back to the Edo Period (17th century). The buildings are well-preserved, and a walk through the streets gives visitors a glimpse into Edo Japan. Many of the buildings are used as shops, museums, and restaurants however, in my opinion, it makes the area more enjoyable. The restaurants are not chain restaurants, so you won't see a MacDonalds ruining the old-world feel of the area. Instead, they are mostly local shops and diners. The shops contain many typical Japanese souvenirs, many of them also contain locally made items and crafts, and the museums are privately owned, so some are a bit small however, I think each of these adds of the charm of the town.

    It is less crowded on weekdays, so you can better appreciate the area. Also, if you want to avoid the crowds, go in the mornings just around (or prior to) 9:00 when the stores open or in the evenings when the stores are closing. Although most of the stores are closed in the evenings, it's quite a different experience than the daytime. The streetlights are turned on, and a walk through the historic area is less crowded and also quite romantic. The swans in the river also add to this feeling.

    No matter what time of day you visit, the beauty of Kurashiki is truly captivated and a unique part of Japan that is appreciated by many Japanese but often overlooked by foreign tourists.

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