Kurashiki is one of Japan's oldest and much loved highly traditional merchant towns and a perfect City to really see how the people of Japan worked and lived for hundreds of years. Located perfectly at the foot of Mount Tsurugata and along an ideally situated beautiful canal, you will spend a lovely holiday here.
A boat ride is a must in to get another perspective of the sightseeing opportunities and traditional buildings along the way on private Kurashiki custom tours. The Bikan quarter is home to many warehouses that have been converted into museums and the oldest part of the town with original wooden houses and walkways.
Kurashiki also has lovely white-walled preserved storehouses with original lattice windows that still stand as Thankfully the town escaped and was not damaged by the Hiroshima bomb. The scenes and sights along the canal are picture postcard perfect just as you would imagine a city to be in Japan; amazingly they have held on tightly to keeping Kurashiki as close to its original state as possible. Read More...
Timeless Ohashi House on Kurashiki City Guided Cultural Tours
Located between the Canal and the station is the lovingly restored Ohashi House. Originally built in the late 1700's this beautiful building was home to one of the cities richest and prominent families. Generally, houses of this nature were strictly kept for the famous Samurai, but many of the rich families started to claim such properties and changed that one longstanding tradition.
Kurashiki guided tours include this house on their tours and the guides are very informative and have some wonderful stories about this grand house. The gardens surrounding the property are simple and reminiscent of how the gardens would have been in the 1700's.
Top Things to Do in Kurashiki
Ohara Art Museum
One of the top and most loved tourist attractions on Private Kurashiki guided tours is the Ohara Art Museum. With a lovely collection of works by Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Monet the pieces are uniquely beautiful and from the private collection of Mr Ohara Magosaburo. A Local Artist Kojima Torajiro was involved in helping to arrange the collection and even added some of his own work and purchases he had made.
Kurashiki Folk Craft Museum
The Folk Craft Museum in Kurashiki is a lovely little place to go on a sightseeing tour too. Your guide will escort you around the 18th-century rice warehouses which are now home to many exhibitions. There is glassware, textiles, furniture and beautiful traditional ceramic pieces from Japanese history on exhibition. While this is a relatively small Museum, it has some stunning displays and unique pieces for everyone to see.
The Mamakari-tri restaurant is over 200 years old and one of the most beautiful traditional restaurants in culture loving Kurashiki. Many of the city guided tours stop off at the eatery to give tourists a taste of local Kurashiki food and specialities. Mamakari and Mama are the local dishes which is sardines and rice and is loved by the locals, and the tourists can't seem to get enough as this is a favourite stop.
Private guided tours of the lovingly restored Ohashi House which is located on the beautiful central Canal near the city station. Originally built in the late 1700's this magnificent building was home to one of the towns richest and most prominent families. Houses of this nature were strictly kept for the famous Japanese Samurai, but many of the wealthy families started to claim such properties and changed that one longstanding tradition very quickly.
Kurashiki Ivy Square
Ivy Square is on all Kurashiki tours as it was initially built for the textile industry but when the companies moved out the area was lovingly restored. The property is now home to a museum, hotel and restaurants and is a lovely place to visit. The famous Ivy creeping up the walls of the building is everywhere and unique to this area.
Bukkake Udon (Speciality Food)
Bukkake is a local delicacy with variations served in almost every eatery in Kurashiki. The Bios Arcade local restaurant chain is very famous in this region of Japan for serving this simple yet delicious noodle dish. The famous dipping sauce is what people travel from all over to eat. Tour guides will always stop in Kurashiki so his group can try this simple but super recipe.
Kurashiki Tsuneki Tea Shop
The Kurashiki Tsuneki Tea Shop is very popular with locals and tourists alike. It's a speciality store where the leaves are gound in the shop, and there is always roasted green tea available for everyone. They make an extensive selection of teas, but the Green Tea and Barley Tea are the most popular with tourists on Kurashiki City Tours. The aroma as you enter the store is captivating and well worth visiting.
Denim Street Kurashiki
If your crazy for Denim, then this is the place for you, the street literally has every themed in Denim. From the restrooms to the food you can order a denim burger (blue dye is used to turn the buns blue) to blue ice cream and all the seating areas everywhere are blue. Kurashiki was the textile capital of Japan, and this area is dedicated to that, and every tourist on sightseeing guided tours always visit.
Takadaya Bar & Restaurant
When you have had enough of sightseeing in Kurashiki, then make a stop at the famous Takadaya Bar. Check out their exclusive English menu or try some dishes like a chicken basil roll or even some beef sirloin with a Japanese twist. This eatery is a welcome stop for many tourists sightseeing in this region of Japan as they have a very eccentric menu with a super atmosphere.
The Rural Toy Museum Kurashiki
This shop is jam-packed full of wonderful handmade wooden toys with traditional spinning tops and dollies its a little bit of magic in the city. The handcrafted toys and kites are made with precision, and all the local children love to visit the store. The Kurashiki city tours may not stop there so if you are in the region make sure you do it's just a lovely place to see.
Travel Tips for Kurashiki
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Kurashiki especially if you intend to do private sightseeing tours or driving tours is during the months of April and October. The weather is warm there is less rain than normal and most of the months are perfect for Kurashiki guided tours. For tourists who like the heat then July and August are perfect this is a place can visit at any stage throughout the year as there are lots to do no matter what the weather is like.
The prices when visiting the city of Kurashiki are reasonable enough. One night's accommodation in a good hotel will cost an average of US$80 B&B, and that will be your most expensive purchase when you are in this region of Japan. A 3-course meal for two people with wine is as little as US$20 in many of the eateries. The price of private guided sightseeing Kurashiki tours will vary depending on the tour you choose and its duration.
Know Before Visiting
Book all your Kurashiki guided tours in advance of travelling as you may get a deal that includes discounted accommodation. Wear appropriate clothing when you are going on sightseeing tours to temples in the area. Do not tip Japan Servers in restaurants it is classed as an insult to the server. Don't walk alone at night; it is recommended to travel in groups of two or more and be careful of pickpockets when in you are in crowded places or on tours.
The weather in Kurashiki is mixed it really has all four seasons, warm and wet with a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. The driest month is December which still gets some amount small amount of rainfall, and most of the rain falls in July and June. January is the coldest month with average temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius so wrap up if you are travelling, August is the hottest month with average temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius.