Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
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  • Lili
    Singapore, Singapore109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super pretty place
    Really pretty and atmospheric place. We didn't actually visit any of the shops or museums but we walked through it every day to get to our hotel. We were there on a weekend - it gets really crowded with many domestic tourists. Highly recommend walking through in the evening at around 6 or even 7pm if you want the almost empty photos like mine. Many of the shops are closed on Monday or Tuesday - may want to keep that in mind. Most of the shops also close by 6pm (some close at 5pm) so if you are looking for food for dinner you have to do your research or venture outside of the Bikan. All in all, I would definitely come back again and visit some of the shops this time!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2023
  • SeLiNa141
    Singapore, Singapore69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a picturesque old town!
    There are so much to offer in Kurashiki. It was a wet day, but did not stopped us from walking around for hours. We tried snacks, drinks and had lunch along the way. Very enjoyable. We went to Ohara Museum too. Thrilled to see the originals just hanging right in front of us, without security guards or hundreds of people gathering near you to view the art pieces.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore9,820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful and great to visit!
    The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a beautiful and great place to visit and even if you are not into its history or culture, the scenery there will surely make you indulged in it. The views are like those you watched on tv or seen at postcards, its so nice. We were lucky as we managed to catch the last batch of trees with red/yellow autumn leaves. It was awesome. Strolling along the canal destress one, so calm and peaceful, seeing lovely swans and fishes in the canal while enjoying the heritage shophouses and lovely trees. It's picturesque! There are also shops and cafes around, with local specialties and products for visitors to grab. Highly recommended. From Kurushiki station, walk about 15mins to here. Very straight way with good directional signs.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 December 2023
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Kurashiki's picturesque canal and beautiful houses lining it are sometimes referred to as Japan's Venice - which prompted us to spend a day here.

However, the old town is so small and overly touristy that the area feels more like a small open-air museum.

There are plenty of shops, but apart from shopping, there isn't much to do. Spending a whole day here is way too long.

I would recommend coming here for a day trip from Okayama, which is a 15-minute train ride away and is a much nicer city to stay in.
Written 20 April 2024
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore9,820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a beautiful and great place to visit and even if you are not into its history or culture, the scenery there will surely make you indulged in it. The views are like those you watched on tv or seen at postcards, its so nice.

We were lucky as we managed to catch the last batch of trees with red/yellow autumn leaves. It was awesome. Strolling along the canal destress one, so calm and peaceful, seeing lovely swans and fishes in the canal while enjoying the heritage shophouses and lovely trees. It's picturesque!

There are also shops and cafes around, with local specialties and products for visitors to grab.

Highly recommended.

From Kurushiki station, walk about 15mins to here. Very straight way with good directional signs.
Written 16 December 2023
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KaNoLu
Walvis Bay, Namibia573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Here one can find beautiful historical houses, lots of arts and crafts and the waterways with the small boats are very picturesque scenery
Written 20 November 2023
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SeLiNa141
Singapore, Singapore69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
There are so much to offer in Kurashiki. It was a wet day, but did not stopped us from walking around for hours. We tried snacks, drinks and had lunch along the way. Very enjoyable.

We went to Ohara Museum too. Thrilled to see the originals just hanging right in front of us, without security guards or hundreds of people gathering near you to view the art pieces.
Written 7 July 2023
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Okayama doesn't have a lot. Let's give him this town.

The one must-see is the Ohara Museum. Originals are hanging from the walls.

The rest is a pleasant way to pass the time. Take a ride on the canal or get a rickshaw to drag you around.

Many cafes. There is one cafe that has a siphon-drip coffee maker if you are into coffee art.

Folk art museums and plenty of souvenir shops. There are ice cream and parfait shops that sell super overpriced cold treats.

There is the denim street that highlights different super expensive, handmade denim items.

There are a few specialty museums that are interesting enough.

All in all, we came to explore and see some new things. If you have self-control, you can avoid all the pricy tourist traps. We considered it to be expensive but part of the experience and we are very happy that we visited this little tourist area.
Written 12 June 2023
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Lili
Singapore, Singapore109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Really pretty and atmospheric place. We didn't actually visit any of the shops or museums but we walked through it every day to get to our hotel. We were there on a weekend - it gets really crowded with many domestic tourists. Highly recommend walking through in the evening at around 6 or even 7pm if you want the almost empty photos like mine. Many of the shops are closed on Monday or Tuesday - may want to keep that in mind. Most of the shops also close by 6pm (some close at 5pm) so if you are looking for food for dinner you have to do your research or venture outside of the Bikan. All in all, I would definitely come back again and visit some of the shops this time!
Written 12 June 2023
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Heidi O
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We did a free tour through the tourist centre in English with Taka and it was AMAZING. He took us through alleys, gardens, courtyards etc explaining the history, culture and architecture of the historic quarter. It is a stunning, and picturesque location not to be missed!
Written 8 April 2023
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Crofton M
Airlie Beach, Australia2,015 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
This was the third historical area we have seen on our tour. I rated it as 3 because most are the same. This one is in good condition and good for artisan jewelry. It opens at 10 am
Written 30 March 2023
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Quzc0
Malaysia165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Visited the picturesque canal in January and the stillness of the winter makes it even more dramatic - looks like coming out of a painting. The area is pretty small, a row of shops along the canal, and two rows beside the canal. Need to transfer to the local Kurashiki train station, if you are taking the Shinkansen. It is quite a bit of a walk from the Kurashiki train station, but worth a visit.
Written 7 February 2023
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Construct37
Whittier, CA1,115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This photogenic (albeit fairly small) historical district has been called the Venice of Japan. Due to the name I was expecting far more canals and boats but it is roughly a block and a half. The boats (all two of them) were understandably booked for the whole day by the time I got there in the mid-morning. Regardless, the area is a great location full of shops, restaurants and scenery. I am glad I came!
Written 23 November 2022
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