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.