Welcome to Ōhara

Avoid Ōhara on busy autumn-foliage weekends in November. There’s only one main road up there from Kyoto and you’ll spend too much time sitting in traffic (and the temples will be crowded when you get there).

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$103.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Iriomote Half Day Tour

Over 90% of Iriomote is forest, and the island contains the largest mangrove forest in Japan. The tour commences by ferry from Ishigaki, and you will disembark at Ohara port on Iriomote. There you will be met by our guide and collected to take the river cruise along the Nakama River. The island has been described as the Galapagos of the East, because of the sheer variety of wildlife, flora and fauna on display. Likewise, taking a river cruise on Iriomote feels like gliding along the Amazon, such is the feeling of being surrounded by nature. The oldest `Looking glass` mangrove tree (sakishima-suou) is to be found on the Nakama River. Depending on the tides, we can sometimes stop briefly so you can get off the boat to admire the tree and the surrounding forest.Having completed our cruise, we take a coach bus to Mihara, where we ascend carriages pulled by water buffalo to access Yubu Island. The water buffalo gently wades through the shallow stretch of sea which separates Yubu from Iriomote. The entire island comprises a sub-tropical garden, containing over 100 types of tree, a butterfly garden and a shell house. The trees which can be admired include the 10 varieties of local palm tree, many fruit trees and many flowering plants, including 30 varieties of hibiscus.You will have time to relax and explore the gardens on Yubu before returning to Ohara port and then back on to Ishigaki Port.

$11.79 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Ohara Museum of Art Admission Ticket

Visit: Ohara Museum of ArtYour ticket grants admission to all wings of the Ohara Museum of Art, home of the first permanent collection of western art in Japan. The museum is located in the center of Kurashiki City at the northern end of the city canal; it’s about a 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station.Skip the ticket lines and head inside the main gallery. Here are most of the highlights, which include works from Picasso and Modigliani to Gauguin and Warhol. After you visit the main gallery, check out the annex of Japanese paintings and sculptures, and galleries dedicated to Japanese craft arts and artifacts from Egypt and China.Your ticket also grants access to the Kojima Museum, located about a 5-minute walk away in Ivy Square. That gallery is dedicated to Kojima Torajiro, the Japanese artist who painted in western styles and purchased the art on display at the Ohara.