Bikan Chiku (Historical area), Kurashiki
Canal, Kurashiki

About Kurashiki

Kurashiki is a historic city located in western Okayama Prefecture, Japan, sitting on the Takahashi River, on the coast of the Inland Sea.

It was under direct control of the shogunate government, and trade by boat helped the town to prosper during the Edo Period for 350 years.

In the 17th century, distinctive white-walled, black-tiled warehouses were built along the main canal, to store goods. This district is preserved as the “Bikan Chiku” historical area: the beautiful streetscape of storehouses and merchant homes south of JR Kurashiki Station is designated an Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area.

  • The Canal Area with its canal lined by willows and old storehouses (kura)
  • Ohara Museum, the oldest Western Art museum in Japan
  • Ohashi House, a former merchant house open to the public
  • Ivy Square, site of the first modern cotton mill in Japan

The Ohara Museum of Art is also located here and, with its worldwide famous collections including pieces by El Greco, Gauguin and Monet, is the first museum of western art in Japan, attracting a constant stream of visitors from both Japan and abroad.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo Haneda to Okayama Airport by air and from the airport to Okayama Station by bus (2h) or from Tokyo Station to Okayama Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen trains and Okayama to Kurashiki Station by JR Sanyo trains (3h45)
  • From Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station by JR Shinkansen trains and then from Okayama to Kurashiki Station by JR Sanyo trains (1h10)

Kurashiki on our Google map

Our packages includes Kurashiki

Himeji castle

Contrasts of Japan (9 days)

From £ 1,945 p/person
This 9-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour. See Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, ending in Hiroshima or Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.


South Japan Express (6 days)

From £ 1,279 p/person
This coach tour will be operated regularly during 2018/19 (departure day from Osaka: Thursday). Join this group tour to travel south from Osaka and visit Kurashiki, Hiroshima and the island of Shikoku, returning to Osaka. Group tour by coach with English-speaking guide throughout.

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan (11 days)

From £ 2,505 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

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