In the heart of the Bikan Historical Quarter

Former Ohara Family Residence

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The Ohara family former residence is partly open to the public as of 2018. The family was extremely important to the commercial history of Kurashiki City. The main building was built in 1795 and was designated as an important cultural property of Japan in 1971.

The house is a roughly 940 square meter two story structure. The plan is to open one of the Japanese style rooms on the first floor as well as the doma (packed earth floor) room.

Materials and artifacts related to the Ohara family are displayed, making it a prized place to learn the culture and history of Kurashiki.

About the Area

Kurashiki City has long been a commercial, industrial and cultural leader in Okayama Prefecture. This fact is easily demonstrated with a look at the districts of which it is comprised.

Central Kurashiki is certainly the cultural center, as you find museums, galleries, culture centers and performance halls all in close proximity. This area of the city is most well-known for the Bikan Historical Quarter and the Ohara Museum of Art.

The Kojima region of the city is known as the jeans capital of Japan. Produced there since the 1960s, the local brands rank among the best in the world.

Kojima also happens to be where the Okayama side of the Seto Ohashi Bridge has its foothold.You can enjoy sweeping views of this engineering wonder from the observation deck near the summit of Mt. Washuzan.

While you are in the area, head down to the fishing village of Shimotsui for a look at a fascinating traditional community and a  different view of the Seto Ohashi Bridge.

Tamashima is a port town that continues to play an important role in the shipping and shipbuilding industry. It also has an interesting historic merchant quarter.

Mizushima is the industrial heart of Kurashiki, where you will find the manufacturing facilities of some of the world’s most well-known companies.


Access: It is about a 12-13 minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station.

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