Chugoku Region

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Just 15 minutes walk from JR Kurashiki Station, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a really nice preserved area featuring white walled houses, a small canal that runs through the center of town, and plenty of small alleys, galleries, museums and shops. The easy access and beautiful townscape make it a desirable place to visit in Okayama Japan.

The Kurashiki Historical Quarter (District) was a river port where warehouses were built to store goods. “Kura” means storage in Japanese. The white walled houses with black tiles were classic warehouses in the Edo Period. Then factories were built, Western styled buildings were constructed. Yet no cables and posts were in sight in the area to preserve the pleasant look and feel of an Edo town.

Kurashiki river 倉敷川
Getting a short boat ride wearing a traditional fishermen hat offers a nice experience to look at the town from a different angle.
Kurashiki Kan 倉敷館
Locating in the middle of the canal area, Kurashikikan was built as a town hall in 1917. This wooden Western style building is a designated Important Cultural Property. It is currently under renovation and will be opened in August 2019.
Yurinso Villa 有鄰莊
This unique large mud color wall building is called Yurinso Villa, a detached villa for the wife of a successful merchant Magosaburo Ohara. It is also called the Green Palace because the roof tiles look green in certain angle. This building is not open for public.
Ohara Museum of Art 大原美術館
Magosaburo Ohara was also an art collector. In 1930, he built the Ohara Museum of Art as the first Western style private art museum in Japan, featuring master pieces of El Greco, Gauguin, Claude Monet, Matisse and many more.
Museum of Folkcraft 倉敷民藝館
Museum of Folkcraft exhibits pottery, glassware and some folk craft objects used on a daily bases. This Edo Period building is an attraction itself. 倉敷民藝館是美觀地區的一座江戶時代建築物,除了展示一些陶器、玻璃器皿及民俗工藝品,白色外牆的建築物本身就是一個大景點。
Japanese folk toys museum 日本鄉土玩具館
Japanese Folk Toys Museum is a shop, cafe and museum in one place, displaying a large collection of rural toys from the Edo, Meiji, and Showa (1603–1989) periods.
日本鄉土玩具館有商店、咖啡店和博物館,展示許多江戶時代至昭和時期 (1603–1989)的鄉土玩具。
Momotaro Karakuri Hakubutsukan Museum 桃太郎機關博物館
Momotaro Karakuri Hakubutsukan Museum is an interesting place for those who like Momotaro and experience the various optical illusion games.
Kurashiki Ivy Square 倉敷愛美廣場
Kurashiki Ivy Square is a multi-purpose public space is a modification from a cotton mill built in 1889. There is a hotel, pottery workshops, and shops around the area.
倉敷愛美廣場 Ivy Square 是一間建於 1889年的紡織工廠改建而成的多功能公眾地方,目前有酒店和各文化設施,周邊還有許多特色小商店。

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