Kurashiki Bikan Chiku (Bikan Historical Quarter)

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

Hi there, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share one of the top destinations for tourists in Okayama this time – Kurashiki Bikan Chiku (Bikan Historical Quarter).

Traditional Japanese houses and buildings remain in Kurashiki Bikan Chiku. It looks like lost-in-time. Here is the list that we recommend to check out.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku (Bikan Historical Quarter)

Beautiful Canal and Street Views

First thing first. These views would be first thing to get your attention for sure. Many old houses are still used as restaurants, cafes, etc.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

 

I find retro stuff like these quite neat. It makes me feel like I’m back in time!

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

 

Kurashiki Ivy Square

A spinning mill factory made in the Meiji era got renovated and reopened as a business building. There are numbers of stores in the property such as a hotel, restaurant, music box museum, souvenir stores, etc.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

Reference: Kurashiki Ivy Square

 

Museum(s)

You may encounter this big museum as you get to Kurashiki Bikan Chiku. This is Ohara Museum of Art, one of the oldest museums in Okayama (opened in 1930).

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

Reference: Ohara Museum of Art

 

Denim Products

Kurashiki is big in producing denim products since production of Japanese denim began here. There are so many different denim stuff at souvenir stores like Denim Yukata (easy kimono), and even denim suits(!)  A bit odd, isn’t it? Hehe.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

 

Cafes

There are both Japanese-style and retro Western-style cafes. If you would like to try something matcha-ish, you should enter a Japanese one.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

 

FYI, if you liked the Miyake Shouten cafe that Mrs. Wada previously has introduced, there is another location in Kurashiki Bikan Chiku. This place looks as cool as the other one is.

Kurashiki Bikan Chiku

 

Lastly

How do you find it? If you get a chance please take a visit and share your thoughts with us.

See you around!

Reference: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter



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Ujo (Crow Castle): Okayama Castle

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Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to take you to a quick tour to Okayama Castle this time.

 

Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, also called as Ujo (烏城, Crow Castle), was built by the lord Ukita Hideie in 1597. Many parts of the castle were destroyed in the Meiji era and during the war. But countless efforts (maintenance and renovation) has kept its figure as it would look like back in time.

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Snapshot from boat.

 

Access

Okayama Castle lies not far from Okayama JR Station. Only go down Momotaro Street from the station and that’s where the castle is. Accessible by walk or you could catch a tramcar called Momo-den to the nearest stop to the castle.

 

Admission Fees

Adults (15 years and older) Children (6 to 14 years old)
Okayama Castle 300 yen 120 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Korakuen 560 yen 260 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Orient Museum 480 yen 200 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Korakuen+ Hayashibara Museum of Art 960 yen

 

Business Hours

9:00-17:30 (admission until 17:00)

Close on December 29th -31st

 

Contact Number

086-225-2096

 

Official Website

Okayama Castle

 

Gallery

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Golden Shachihoko and the awesome view.
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Mrs. Wada disguised as a Japanese princess. (free activity)

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Why would you pass a city with a castle? Please stop by and take a look closer. It’s totally worth a visit. It’s perfect to visit together with Okayama Korakuen.

See you around!

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Mr. Wada and his crazy buddy.



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