Kurashiki is a historic city located to the west of Okayama Prefecture, Japan, sitting on the Takahashi River, on the coast of the Inland Sea. It is one of Japan's great old merchant towns. Situated along a scenic canal at the foot of Mt. Tsurugata, Kurashiki's white-walled storehouses are beautifully preserved and open for exploration.
Kurashiki’s main attractions are located in the Bikan historic area, where there are many of the original storehouses, mills and shops in beautiful condition. There are also many museums in this area to visit.
Although the Bikan Historic District is the most popular area to visit in Kurashiki, the Tamashima area is the most easily accessible, with Shin-Kurashiki Station, accessible by Shinkansen, as the main station. Entsuji temple and Yunoki House are two attractions worth visiting in the Tamashima area.
Things to See & Do
* Bikan Historic Area
* City Art Museum
* Tamashima area
* Kojima area
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Yen (JPY)
Language – Japanese
Population – 474,000 approx
Land Area – 354.71 km2
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus hours nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – 81
Port Location – The Port of Kurashiki is located on the Takahashi river.
Travel Links – A shuttle bus will take you from the Okayama airport to JR Kurashiki Station in approximately 45 minutes.
Kurashiki is on the San'yo Main Line between Okayama and Fukuyama. The best way to reach Kurashiki from the San'yo Shinkansen is to transfer to a local train at Okayama; the ride takes about 15 minutes.
Several companies run daytime and overnight bus routes from Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Matsuyama, Tokushima, Kochi, Fukuoka, and elsewhere.