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Kurashiki Bikan Chiku
In Kurashiki “Bikan Chiku,” an area that has a beautiful landscape and has a duty of preserving the scenic beauty, there is traditional Japanese architecture with white walls and black roof tiles which are part of a beautiful townscape which remains in harmony with willows and Kurashiki river. The town which has houses with lattice windows and storehouse is designated as Important Preservation District for Group of Traditional Buildings. Despite it being a cozy town where you can get around on foot, cultural facilities such as Ohara Museum of Art, the museum that has world-class artworks, Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft, Kurashiki Archaeological Museum and stylish restaurants and shops made from old renovated houses are concentrated in this area. There are a lot of things to do including shopping at the folk craft shop which sells attractive items combining craftsman’s technique and modern taste.
- Chuo, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Kurashiki Station on JR
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
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Ohara Museum of Art, with numerous world-class artworks
This is a modern art museum which has world-class paintings and artworks in an interior that resonates the solemnity of a Greek shrine. The Japanese industrialist established the museum for the education of Japanese artist. This is the first private Western modern art museum in Japan which has a collection of well-known works in the world. The museum is the symbol of Kurashiki Bikan Chiku where 40,000 people visit within and outside of Japan every year.
Kurashiki River Boat Riding, to enjoy the elegant atmosphere of Kurashiki
If you wish to enjoy elegant Japanese atmosphere in Kurashiki, boat riding on the river is the prime experience! In Kurashiki River Boat Riding, the sightseeing boat runs down Kurashiki river, a place where it was crowded with cargo ships. The boat goes slow so you can enjoy the beautiful townscape while you listen to the boatman’s guidance of Kurashiki.
Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft, exhibits folk crafts from within and outside of Japan
Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft has 15,000 folk crafts from within and outside of Japan. In the three connected buildings, renovated rice-granary of Edo period, they exhibit 700 beautiful articles including pottery, lacquerware, combined tools made from wood and stones, and textiles. The shop on the first floor is free to enter. You can buy many adorable folk crafts including specialty of Kurashiki such as Kurashiki glasses and Bitchu Washi, Japanese paper.