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Kurashiki Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kurashiki!

The main attraction in Kurashiki is its atmospheric Bikan quarter, an area of historic buildings along an old willow-edged canal, laneways lined with old wooden houses and shops, and perfectly preserved Edo period mills. Visiting Kurashiki Bikan is like takling a step back in time!

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

per adult from

$164

AUD

Duration

6 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Free Photos
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
    • Licensed Local Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Other personal expenses
    • Lunch - Lunch (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entrance fee (for yourself)
    • Private Vehicle
    • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entry/Admission - Ohara Museum of Art
    • Entry/Admission - Ohara Museum of Art Torajiro Kojima Memorial
    • Entry/Admission - Ohashi House
    • Entry/Admission - Kurabo Memorial Hall
    • Entry/Admission - Kojima Jeans Street
    • Entry/Admission - Kurashiki Denim Street
    • Entry/Admission - Kurashiki Museum of Natural History
    • Entry/Admission - Momotarou-no-Karakuri-Hakubutsukan
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Hommachi, Kurashiki 710-0054 Okayama Prefecture

    Canals were built to allow boats and barges to navigate between the city's storehouses and the nearby port. A central section of the city's former canal system has been preserved in the Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区, Kurashiki Bikan Chiku). The weeping willow trees that line the canal and the stone bridges that cross over the water make for a picturesque scene.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ohara Museum of Art, 1-1-15 Chuo, Kurashiki 710-8575 Okayama Prefecture

    The Ohara Museum of Art (大原美術館, Ōhara Bijutsukan) was Japan's first museum of Western art. It is a private museum consisting of three adjacent buildings next to the canal and a separate building located in Ivy Square.

    The Main Gallery building was constructed when the museum was founded, and features most of the museum's highlights. On display are masterpieces of Western art by Picasso, El Greco, Gauguin, Modigliani, Rodin, Klee, Pollock and Kandinsky among others. The artists in the collection span a wide variety of periods and nationalities.

    1300 yen (includes entrance to the Kojima Museum)

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ohara Museum of Art Torajiro Kojima Memorial, 7-1 Hommachi, Kurashiki 710-0054 Okayama Prefecture

    Beside the Main Gallery are the Annex building and a building housing the Craft Art Gallery and the Asiatic Art Gallery. The Annex features a number of works by Japanese artists, and includes both oil paintings and sculptures. The Craft Art Gallery displays ceramics, woodblock prints, stencil dyeing, and other crafts. The Asiatic Art Gallery includes artefacts from Egypt and antiques from China.

    The final building, the Kojima Museum, is located a five minute walk away in Ivy Square and is included in the admission fee. It is a gallery for Kojima Torajiro, a Japanese artist who painted in the Western style. Kojima purchased much of the art on display at the Main Gallery on behalf of Ohara Magosaburo, the owner of the Kurabo textile company and founder of the Ohara Museum. In fact, the Ohara Museum was built by Ohara in 1930 to commemorate Kojima, who had died the year before.

    1300 yen (includes entrance to the Kojima Museum)

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ohashi House, 3-21-31 Achi, Kurashiki 710-0055 Okayama Prefecture

    The Ohashi family was foremost amongst the merchant class of Kurashiki, and this is the residence they built for themselves in 1796. The house is typical of the machiya (Japanese for "town house") of Kurashiki's wealthy merchants. There are tatami floored rooms with elegant sliding doors and hanging scrolls for entertaining guests as well as private quarters, storage rooms and a kitchen.

    In one striking difference with other machiya, the Ohashi Residence (大橋家住宅, Ōhashi-ke Jūtaku) is not built directly on the road but has a front gate and an open area, which was an architectural style exclusive to samurai residences. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), a strict caste system separated the social classes, with the samurai at the top and the merchants at the bottom. That the Ohashi family was able to use architectural designs usually reserved for samurai, was indicative of their local importance.

    Admission
    550 yen

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kurashiki Ivy Square, 7-2 Hommachi, Kurashiki 710-0054 Okayama Prefecture

    Ivy Square is a complex of brick buildings covered in ivy that include museums, restaurants and a hotel. The area was the site of the first modern cotton mill in Japan, and the brick buildings were originally built as part of the mill in 1889. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), before the construction of the mill, the site was used as the office of the local magistrate, who exercised control of the city as a direct representative of the shogunate.

    In building Japan's first modern cotton mill, the Kurashiki Bosekijo (Kurashiki spinning mill) company, also known as Kurabo, reaped the profits of introducing new industrial techniques to the country. The company is still active today in the textile and various other industries. Kurabo has built a memorial hall in one of the former cotton warehouses which traces the company's history to the present day. A number of other museums are located within and around Ivy Square:

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kurabo Memorial Hall, 7-1 Hommachi Kurashiki Ivy Square NaI, Kurashiki 710-0054 Okayama Prefecture

    The Kurabo Museum illustrates the history of the Kurashiki Bosekijo (Kurashiki spinning mill) company. There are five rooms each devoted to a different time period, from the company's foundation in 1888 to the present day. Artefacts are displayed for each time period.

    Admission: 250 yen

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kojima Jeans Street, Kojima Ajino, Kurashiki 711-0913 Okayama Prefecture

    This museum is dedicated to the artist Kojima Torajiro (1881-1929), who painted in the Western style. A number of his works are on display, as well as works of Egyptian and Islamic art from his own collection. The museum is part of the Ohara Museum, which houses many European works Kojima purchased on behalf of the owner.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kurashiki Denim Street, 1-10-11 Chuo, Kurashiki 710-0046 Okayama Prefecture

    Okayama has been Japan's denim capital since the 1970s, and Kurashiki's textile heritage lives on in vintage-styled denim, especially in this quirky lane of popular Japanese clothing brands. Denim fanatics should come for the denim-hued ice-cream, burgers (¥350) and steamed buns – all tinted with natural blue dyes. Even the benches and bathroom are jeans-inspired.

    Duration: 1 minute

    Stop At: Kurashiki Museum of Natural History, 2-6-1 Chuo, Kurashiki 710-0046 Okayama Prefecture

    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 and furniture. There is little explanation but it's available in English.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Momotarou-no-Karakuri-Hakubutsukan, 5-11 Hommachi, Kurashiki 710-0054 Okayama Prefecture

    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 displays designed to trick the eye – get a photo of yourself emerging from a peach like Momotarō himself. The 'interactive' displays are dated (think high-school projects before computers), but this is part of the charm. Silly fun for a rainy day.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Japan Guide Agency

Activity ID: V-92136P119

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