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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Address: Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
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It is amazing how well Japanese preserve and restore their historical assets. It is more amazing how they blend in the commercial activities so seamlessly without disrupting the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A ten minute train ride from Okayama JR station by fast train (20 minutes on the slow local train), the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area is a very pleasant place to spend a morning or afternoon. An old town of narrow streets, old houses and riverside walks, there are many tiny cafes and shops. A number of them sell the famous... More 

Thank Barry C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is amazing how well Japanese preserve and restore their historical assets. It is more amazing how they blend in the commercial activities so seamlessly without disrupting the overall appearance and atmosphere of the sites. This little historical town is a fine example of that. My family and I visited this place in January. The weather was incredibly good and... More 

Thank Ryan K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best old town I've ever visited in Japan.It is not so big but there's a fantastic museum.Also you can see nice old houses and shrine,some cultural events. 倉敷駅方面からの入口付近はかなり観光地化されて特別珍しいお店もない雰囲気もありますが、やはり景観と大原美術館、その庭の素晴らしさには群を抜く魅力があります。岡山に来たら訪れるべき場所と思います。

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Kawasaki, Japan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you reach Kurashiki by Train, you will find the white wall and woody lattice at terminal which is typical wall of building in "Bikan Area". "Bikan Area" protect environment and buildings against scrapping and Building of old houses so you can see 100 yeas ago scenes there. You can go around the area within 1 hour when you do... More 

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Nagano, Japan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful old town area. Lots of pleasant spots and nice places around It is so beautiful, especially during the Sakura season.

Thank Shlomi T
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a lovely area by our hotel so we were right on the doorstep. Nice canal to walk alongside and plenty of old interesting buildings, restaurants and shops. We went late afternoon so many of the shops were closing. Great place to visit, free and photogenic.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

hopped on the express train from Okayama and got to Kurashiki in no time. This is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon. We went just as shops were closing at sunset and took some beautiful photos. It is a well preserved place and the architecture is amazing. As many have mentioned, koi and swans... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place surrounded by pretty buildings. Good place to relax in. You can choose to take boat ride or rickshaw ride for a fee. Many shops selling souvenirs and food. Great place to spend around 2hours.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. It's a picturesque, weeping-willow lined district of canals, stone bridges and well-preserved architecture from the Edo Period. It's truly a photographer's paradise. We were told that the district is popular with couples taking photos for their wedding. On the day of our visit, we saw two... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Visit before 8:00 a.m. for taking great pictures without other tourists. Most stores close around 6:00 p.m.

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