The Bikan area of historical romance, Kurashiki, Okayama

Speaking of the historical spot in Japan, which city would you imagine?
Large majority of people must think about Kyoto.
Needless to say, Kyoto is the most historical city in Japan. I love Kyoto. More and more foreigners visit Kyoto recently. Definitely, Kyoto is a can’t-miss spot to know Japanese history and culture.

But on the other hand, have you ever felt that Kyoto is so touristic that you can’t feel Japan so much. Beside Kyoto is so crowded with many tourists that you can’t feel relaxed so much.

I heard recently of this from my French friend.

Then, I heard about Kurashiki in Okayama prefecture from her. Honestly, Okayama is not so popular place to visit. I’d never been there.
We can go there from Osaka in about the three hours. So it’s possible to go for a day trip there. The transportation cost is around 3000yen one way.
The bus company I chose was Ryobi bus.

The bus departed at 7:10 in Nanba. And my journey started for Kurashiki.
The bus was really comfortable. I liked traveling by bus. I could see view on the way.

I spent time on the bus reading a book, sleeping, looking the view. So relaxing time.

The bus arrived in Kurashiki at around 11:00. The first impression I felt about Kurashiki was calmness.

In front of Kurashiki station , Okayama

In front of Kurashiki station

Anyway, I headed to Bikan historical area which was a main spot of Kurashiki. It’s 10minutes from Kurashiki station. It’s furnished as the area which was under control of Edo Shogunate.

While walking from the station, I found a nice street! It’s Bikan street!

Bikan area, Histrical place, shops, restaurants, histrical atmosphere

There were lots of shops and restaurants here. I felt as if I were back in Edo era.

The nice stalls and cafes lined along the river.
The white wall houses which still have an old atmosphere.
The trees of Yanagi which means willows line along the river.

The view was so impressive that I liked here as soon as I arrived.
I found it more relaxing compared to Kyoto.

I met French friend in Bikan bridge and started exploring Bikan area, Kurashiki!
We went to Achi shrine which was situated at the highest place of Kurashiki. There was a observatory. The view from there was picturesque. The white and old houses line were even more beautiful from the observatory.

White houses, white walls, historical houses, old houses, Bikan area, Kurashiki, Okayama

The characteristic houses with white walls

The premise of that was larger than I expected and had a historical atmosphere.
As many trees was planted around there, I could enjoyed walking on the way as well.

The Torii of Achi shirine, Spiritula place, Torii, Shrine, Kurashiki, Okayama

The Torii of Achi shirine

Achi shrine, shrine, Kurashiki, Okamoto, Spritual shrine

The Achi shrine

In the premise of Achi shrine, Kurashiki, Okamoto, spritual shrine

In the premise of Achi shrine

The town view, observatory, Bikan area, Kurashiki, Okayama, old town

The view of Bikan area from the observatory

The way to Achi shrine,The town view, observatory, Bikan area, Kurashiki, Okayama, old town, Breathtaking view

The way to Achi shrine. Lots of trees

Later, we rode on the boat and cruised the river. The view from the boat was really nice! We could see a town view from different angle.

The cruise of Bikan area, Cruise, Old buildings, Bikan river, Boat,, Bikan, Kurashiki, Okayama

The cruise of Bikan river

The cruise of Bikan area, Cruise, Old buildings, Bikan river, Boat,, Bikan, Kurashiki, Okayama

With French friend on the boat

The cruise of Bikan area, Cruise, Old buildings, Bikan river, Boat,, Bikan, Kurashiki, Okayama

The view from the boat

After that, I went to Ohara museum which collected western arts for the first time in Japan. I think that it’s one of most famous museums in Japan.

The Ohara museum, Kurashiki, Okayama, Bikan area, Greek style museum

The Ohara museum

The exterior of that was greek style and the two statue of the Rodin welcomed me in the entrance.He is famous for the sculpture“The thinker” I think that everyone knows it.

Honestly, I don’t have a sense of art. But I couldn’t help feeling the greatness of human’s creativity and imagination when I saw the elaborate art.
And I liked the atmosphere of the museum. The particular quietness made my heart calm.

After the museum, I walked around the town by myself. As the old houses still remain here, it aroused my curiosity just to walk around.
Then, I sit by the Kurashiki river and looking the view before me without do anything. It’s really relaxing time!
I thought that was how important to relax.

Old houses, The town view of Edo era, Houses with white walls, Old and tasteful house

The old and tasteful house

The shop of something! What a good atmosphere, Old houses, The town view of Edo era, Houses with white walls, Old and tasteful house

The shop of something! What a good atmosphere!

I’d tried to do something not to waste my time for a while. But I might need to empty the heart like this to relax.

Then,I went back to Osaka by bus again.
So if you like, why don’t you try traveling to Kurashiki?



I traveled around the world in 2015 to change my life. Definitely, it changed my life. Now I started writing a blog about the world travel and the life in Japan and so on as a second challenge following the word travel.



Hi fumiko! It’s so nice to know your country through a local like you. I do agree that there are tourist attractions that loses their cultural appeal because of they are being frequented by too many people. I will keep in mind your suggestions about the places to go to in Japan. Your country is definitely in my bucket list ! Jane from


Hi!!!Thank you for your comment. Before the world travel, I wasn’t interested in Pintrest so much. But now I started discovering Japan after the big adventure. I’m happy to hear that you like my suggestion!!


This is such a pretty place Fumiko. I loved Achi shrine and Bikan area. I need to visit you someday, soon !


Hi! thank you! Swati! I m really happy to hear that you like my article. Now I travel Japan a lot . I f you come to Japan, I can show you around!!


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