The second largest city by population in Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki City is a popular regional, national and international tourist destination. The city offers visitors history, recreation, shopping, and nightlife in a vibrant setting. For starters, Kurashiki Station is impressive in its own right. There are a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes that welcome thousands of travelers and commuters each day.
From the south exit of Kurashiki Station, a short walk will bring you to the authentically preserved Bikan district. This area has a large number of Edo era buildings, some of which date back to the 1700’s. The area itself has the feel of an Edo town as you stroll past the private residences, souvenir shops, eateries and galleries. The Ohara Museum of Art and Ivy Square form the foundation of the Bikan district. The willow-lined canal leading up to the museum provides the perfect backdrop for viewing works by some of the master impressionists in its collection. The ivy covered brick of Ivy Square creates a brilliant contrast to the white and black patchwork design that dominates the Edo era architecture. You can lose yourself in the labyrinth of streets and alleyways to finally discover a hidden café in one of the many walled courtyards.
Kurashiki AEON Mall and Ario Shopping Center/Mitsui Outlet Shops are two of the city’s hotspots. AEON is a short bus ride from Kurashiki Station and the Ario/Mitsui complex is right in front of the north exit. If you want to explore other areas of the city, try Kojima. This town sits on the Seto Inland Sea is the place to go for handmade textiles. Kojima jeans are an example of a local product that has reached the top of the fashion world. Kurashiki is a modern city with reverence for its past, creating a unique experience for visitors.