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Kurashiki city

KurashikiMap of Kurashiki Bikan historical quarterKurashiki is a city located about 20 km west of Okayama city.
It is a major industrial city, and there is a heavy industrial area in the coastal region in the south part of the city.
But this city is well known for the historical quarter in the center of the city.

Kurashiki River, which looks like a small canal, flows in the central city, and the houses and buildings built in the 18-20th centuries are dotted.
It is designate as a national conservation area of traditional buildings. (Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter, "Kurashiki Bikan Chiku" in Japanese)

In the 17th century, Kurashiki was a produce distributing center of the southern Okayama Prefecture.
Kurashiki River was used as a route of transportation by water, then many storehouses and the residences of the merchants were built around the river.
And, from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, some Western-style buildings were built.
All of them create an atmosphere of traditional Japanese town.

The area is about 500 meters square, and there is a hill "Tsurugatayama" in the north part of the area.
Most of the old buildings are used as museum, hall or cafe.

Main buildings in Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter

  • Ohashi House /1/ : The house built in 1796.
    Ohashi family was orginally samrai, but they became commoner. They developed wide rice fields and salt farms, so they made a fortune.
  • Kurashiki Monogatarikan /2/ : Former large residence built around the 18th century.
    It was opened in 2009 as the community center for visitors and citizens.
  • Ohara House /3/ : The house built in the early 19th century.
    Ohara family founded a spinning company in Kurashiki, then they made a fortune.
    We cannot enter the house.
  • Ohara Museum of Art /4/ : Full-scale museum for Western art and modern art founded in 1930 by Ohara family.
    Magosaburo Ohara (1880-1943) bought some paintings in Paris in the 1920s, then he built this museum to exhibit them. The collection includes very important works.
    El Greco "Annunciation", Monet "Waterlilies", Gauguin "Te Nave Nave Fenua", Renoir "Woman by Spring", and so on.
  • Yurinso villa /5/ : The villa of Ohara family built in 1928.
    We cannot enter the house.
  • Kurashiki Kokokan /6/ : The museum of archaeological materials in this region.
    The building was a storehouse for rice in the 18-19th century.
  • Kurashikikan /7/ : Former town office built in 1917.
    Now there is the tourist information center in the building.
  • Inoue House /8/ : The oldest house in this area. It was built in the 1710s.
  • Kurashiki Mingeikan /9/ : The museum of folkcraft. The building was an old storehouse for rice.
  • Nihon Kyodo-gangukan /10/ : The museum of folk toy. It consists of a few buildings of old storehouse.
  • Kurashiki Ivy Square /11/ : The museum complex. The buildings were the spinning factory and its cotton strorehouse, and a few of them are covered with ivy.
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How to get to here

By railroad

By train on JR San'yo Line. about 16 minutes.
(Shinkansen has Shin-Kurashiki station, but main trains pass there. So it is convenient to transfer at Okayama station when you come by Shinkansen.)
From Kurashiki station to the district, about 15 minutes on foot.




Kurashiki River and old storehouses
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A street in Kurashiki
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In the evening
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Ohashi House
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Kurashiki Monogatarikan
Ohara House
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Ohara Museum of Art
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Yurinso villa
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Kurashiki Kokokan
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Kurashikikan
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Inoue House
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Kurashiki Mingeikan
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Nihon Kyodo-gangukan
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Kurashiki Ivy Square
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