Float down a historical canal in a traditional river boat

Kurashiki River Cruise

Kurashiki River Cruise
See Kurashiki city's iconic historical district

ABOUT the cruise

Enjoy seeing Kurashiki’s historical Bikan area from an entirely different point of view! Guests can enjoy a relaxing and leisurely trip down the Kurashiki River, which flows through the heart of Kurashiki City’s famous Bikan Historical Quarter.

The district is well-known for this town area surrounding the canal; the district boasts a large number of authentic, traditional black and white warehouses, many of which remain from the Edo Period (1603-1868). The warehouses have been preserved and restored to their original beauty, and many boast museums, cafes, boutiques, gift shops, shops selling traditional handicrafts and more.

The river cruise lasts approximately 20 minutes. Guests can enjoy the Bikan Historical District’s townscape and willow-lined canal from within a traditional river boat. Boats of this type were used in historical times to transport cargo up and down the river.


*** Other Information:

Available daily between March and November.

Between December and February, the cruises are available on weekends and national holidays only.

Closed on the second Monday of each month, at year-end, and New Year’s.

Limit of six people per boat, two boats may operate at one time.


Starting at JR Kurashiki Station, visitors will enjoy a large variety of shops, restaurants and cafes that welcome thousands of travelers and commuters each day. A short walk from the station will bring you to the Bikan Historical District.

The Ohara Museum of Art and Ivy Square form the foundations 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.

On the north side of the station, Kurashiki AEON Mall and Ario Shopping Center/Mitsui Outlet Shops are two of the city’s hotspots. AEON is a short bus ride from JR Kurashiki Station and the Ario/Mitsui complex is directly across from the north exit.

If you want to explore other areas of the city, try the Kojima district in the southernmost section of the city. 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.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee