Western Honshū

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.

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1. Achi-jinja

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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…

2. Kanryū-ji

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

3. Kurabō Memorial Hall

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Learn about the history of the Japanese textile industry at this museum at historic Ivy Square.

4. Ōhara Museum of Art

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This is Kurashiki's premier museum, housing the predominantly Western art collection amassed by local textile magnate Ōhara Magosaburō (1880–1943), with…

5. Kurashiki Museum of Folk-craft

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This museum is housed in an attractive complex of rice warehouses dating from the late 18th century, with interesting exhibits of exquisite household…

6. Japan Rural Toy Museum

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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…

7. Momotarō Karakuri Hakubutsukan

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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…

8. Ivy Square

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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…