Kurashiki Tourist Area

Kurashiki is a city facing the Seto Inland Sea with a population of 480,000.
The city had developed as a merchant town in the Edo Period, grew into a textile industry town in the Meiji Era, and has now – in recent years – become an industrial city and a center for cultural industry.
Blessed with the mild climate of the Setouchi inland sea and a land enriched by the stream of the Takahashi River, agriculture and fishing are prospering here.

Depending on the area, Kurashiki gives off a variety of different vibes: The “Kurashiki area” is characterized by the Bikan Historical Quarter and its beautiful white-walled buildings and willow trees. “Mizushima”, on the other hand, is one of Japan’s leading industrial regions. Then there’s “Kojima” with Setonaikai National Park and its breathtaking panorama view of the inland sea. “Tamashima” retains the vibe of an old port town with nostalgic views of a more prosperous time. “Funao” is a major production area of muscat and sweet peas, while “Mabi” presents itself as a quiet and beautiful bamboo grove town.

Access to Kurashiki Area

  • From Okayama Airport – about 35 minutes by airport shuttle bus
  • From JR Okayama Station – about 17 minutes by JR San-yo Line

“Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter” – the scent of historical romance

Kurashiki used to be a ”Tenryo”, a territory under the direct control of the Edo Shogunate. This meant that it was a collection site for annual tributes such as rice and hence became a very prosperous town.
A charming town with various faces: White-walled warehouses, the atmosphere of Edo, willow trees along the Kurashiki River, etc., where you can discover new things no matter how many times you visit. That is Kurashiki.

“Red Brick and Art” – a town rich in culture

Kurashiki, famous for traditional white-walled buildings and culture, has adapted to the times and developed.
The city is home to culture and art, including “Kurashiki Ivy Square,” a compound tourist facility using the former site of Kurashiki Spinning Works, the “Ohara Museum of Art,” the first private museum featuring Western art in Japan, etc.

“Kojima” – the holy land of Japanese jeans

Jeans, born in the United States, were produced in Kojima for the first time in Japan.
In Kojima, a reclaimed land, cultivation of cotton was actively carried out.
Using its cotton, Kojima has been developing as a textile town with weaving and sewing techniques as the industrial base.

Specialties unique to Kurashiki

Kurashiki, which used to be a center for transportation of annual tributes and goods as a Tenryo territory, has many excellent products that make the best use of its rich resources.
Kurashiki’s specialties, nurtured and protected by the local people, are all full of distinctive charm and warmth, and continue to be enjoyed and loved by many people.

Peach in Tamashima Area

Sanada Himo Cords in Kojima Area

Muscat in Funao Area

Kurashiki Hampu Sailcloth in Kurashiki Area

Town with Edo atmosphere and Showa Era retro vibes

It’s my first time here, but I already feel nostalgic about it – When you walk around Tamashima, you may feel that kind of feeling.
From the Edo-period townscape spreading around the port, one step forward into the alleys, you may feel traveling back in time to the Showa Era.
Tamashima is a lyrical town that can evoke distant memories of the past.

“Shimotsui” – a quaint port town facing the Seto Inland Sea

Facing the Seto Inland Sea, Shimotsui has a long history with the calm waters of Setouchi.
A panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea can be seen from Mt. Washuzan.
Its machinami – a historical town with a row of traditional houses – leading from Shimotsui Port, is also famous as a machinami preservation district.

“Funao” – an idyllic and nostalgic town with fruits and flowers

Located on the west bank of the Takahashi River, Funao is surrounded by rivers with rapid streams.
Thanks to its warm climate and abundant water, this area is famous for the numerous fruits and flowers being cultivated here.
The production of muscat wine and the farming of colorful sweet pea and fruits – such as pione grapes – are flourishing.

“Mabi” – a town deeply associated with history and literature

Mabi is a town associated with “Kibi no Makibi”, an eminent figure of the Nara Period, as well as Yokomizo Seishi, a writer who created the famous Japanese detective “Kindaichi Kosuke”.
When you follow the trace of history and literature in the idyllic landscape of the bamboo grove and countryside, you can feel the distinctive charm of this land.

“Mizushima” – a spectacular view created by world-class giant factories

Full-scale industrialization was promoted after the Second World War in Mizushima.Many companies have built factories here, making the Mizushima Industrial Complex one of Japan’s leading coastal industrial areas.
The night view created by the factories has been registered as a “Night View Heritage of Japan.”