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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 Seafood in Kurashiki

Mamakari-tei

This traditional eatery, in a 200-year-old warehouse with chunky beams and long wooden tables, is famed for mamakari, the sardine-like local speciality. The tasty fish is supposed to induce bouts of uncontrollable f…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kurashiki

Takadaya

This bar is in perfect balance. It manages to have loads of old-Japan charm, while maintaining a cocktail list that features plum wine and shōchū. Plus its small space isn't intimidating for solo diners, thanks to t…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kurashiki

Ōhashi House

Between the station and the canal area is the beautifully restored Ōhashi House, built in 1793. The wooden house belonged to one of Kurashiki's richest families and was built at a time when prosperous merchants were…
Top Choice Drinks in Kurashiki

Tsuneki Tea Shop

Follow the earthy aroma of roasting leaves to this specialist tea shop, where a machine in front churns out fresh hōjicha (roasted green tea) to be sold by the bag. You can also buy mugicha (barley tea), and tea-bre…
Noodles in Kurashiki

Bukkake Udon

In the Bios Arcade across from the station, this local chain serves up the tasty Kurashiki udon speciality – called bukkake udon (from bukkakeru, meaning to pour or splash) because you tip the sauce over the noodles…
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), and a colourful array of kites just beckoning to be put on a breeze. You can purchase a new toy…
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 …
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 disp…
Square in Kurashiki

Ivy Square

Present-day Ivy Sq 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 a h…