The one thing that I realize about the Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki is that it is much bigger than can be measured in square kilometers. Most people, like myself, are attracted to the extremely visible main sights and storefronts but there is so much more down the side walkways and in the inner gardens.
I think I was wary of exploring the depths of the Bikan Area because I was afraid that I was going to get lost. Once I got past that fear a found quite a few delightful spots and the number keeps growing. Sometimes you just walk past places thinking they are not for you but if you just take a leap of faith you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
One place I discovered was this European-style restaurant that served pasta and coffee. It was cheap and delicious but more importantly it had this incredible atmosphere created my deep brown wood, brick and dimly lit lamps.
There was one place I found which was a bar hidden behind an inner garden. It was such a fabulous spot for a drink with a superb garden view but the problem is that I haven’t been able to find it again! I’ll keep searching as a continue to explore the Bikan Area.