Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Kurashiki

Ōhara Museum of Art

This is Kurashiki's premier museum, housing the predominantly Western art collection amassed by local textile magnate Ōhara Magosaburō (1880–1943), with the help of artist Kojima Torajirō (1881–1929). The varied ass…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kurashiki

Ōhashi House

Built in 1793, this beautifully restored wooden house belonged to one of Kurashiki's richest families. It was built at a time when prosperous merchants were beginning to claim privileges that had previously been the…
Museum in Kurashiki

Japan Rural Toy Museum

Four rooms are crammed with displays of wooden toys, masks, dolls and spinning tops (including a world-record breaker), as well as a colourful array of kites just beckoning to be put on a breeze. You can purchase a …
Museum in Kurashiki

Momotarō Karakuri Hakubutsukan

Part gallery and part fun-house, this small museum is devoted to local legend Momotarō, with memorabilia, toys and depictions of the 'peach boy' from over the years. On the ground floor is a collection of amusing di…
Square in Kurashiki

Ivy Square

Present-day Ivy Square was once the site of Ōhara's Kurabō textile factories. The company moved into more modern premises a long time ago, and the ivy-covered red-brick factory buildings (dating from 1889) now house…
Museum in Kurashiki

Kurashiki Museum of Folk-craft

This museum is housed in an attractive complex of rice warehouses dating from the late 18th century, with interesting exhibits of exquisite household items from across Japan, including ceramics, glassware, textiles …
Shinto Shrine in Kurashiki

Achi-jinja

Steep stone steps lead up to this shrine in Tsurugata-yama-kōen, a park that overlooks the old area of town. The shrine is home to a wisteria tree thought to be 300 to 500 years old.
Buddhist Temple in Kurashiki

Hon-ei-ji

Buddhist temple with interesting wooden carvings of animal spirits in the eaves, near Kurashiki's Bikan quarter. Enter from the side street off Honmachi with tall white buildings on the corner.
Museum in Kurashiki

Kurabō Memorial Hall

Learn about the history of the Japanese textile industry at this museum at historic Ivy Square.
Buddhist Temple in Kurashiki

Kanryū-ji

Buddhist temple on the edge of Tsurugata-yama-kōen park, with fine views across town.