Okayama, Japan

Feel the sense of the artistic and picturesque 300-year-old town of Kurashiki

Kurashiki, a city of sightseeing interest in western Okayama Prefecture, is a perfect destination for those keen on Japan’s historical and traditional heritage. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), the town was an important rice distribution center and put under direct control of the shogunate. Sitting on the Takahashi River, it developed a complex system of canals that allowed merchants’ boats and barges to navigate, making the town a busy river port at that time. Today, a central section of the canal area has been nicely preserved in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter that is always teeming with tourists. Along the canal lined up with weeping willow trees and filled with koi fish, there are many of 17th century wooden storehouses (kura) and residents of merchants painted white with traditional black tiles, retaining the splendor of local life and culture to this day and making for a picturesque scene. Most houses now serve as cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops and also museums, like Museum of Folkcraft and Toy Museum.

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Kyoto → Takamatsu → Kotohira → Matsuyama → Okayama → Kumamoto → Nagasaki → Fukuoka → Osaka
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Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, the ancient Kyoto shrine of fox statues and thousands of red torii gates

Learn about the life and motivation of Geisha in the Gion district as well as enjoy the vibrant nightlife there

Be immersed in Japanese culture, exploring some of Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage Sites and awesome places

Relish the pristine nature beauty of Sagano lush bamboo grove while walking through its path and Togetsukyo Bridge

Admire the outstanding Japanese style gardens and houses in Takamatsu’s Ritsurin Park and Shikoku Village

Conquer the 1368 stone steps of Mount Zozu to visit the famed Kompira-san temple

Explore the well-preserved Matsuyama Castle and unwind in Dogo Onsen Honkan, the inspriration for the setting of the Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki

Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of past decades in the old town Kurashiki

Discover the iconic landmarks of Okayama, including Koraku-en Garden and Okayama Castle

Take a hike up to the vantage point of Daikanbou for breathtaking views of Mount Aso

Embark on a boat trip to the historical ruins of Gunkanjima, the battleship island

Witness the sparkling nighttime cityscapes of Nagasaki from the top of Mount Inasa

Journey around Fukuoka’s most popular attractions, from shrine to market, park to shopping mall

Uncover the foodie heaven in Osaka with ample chances of tasting local dishes

Kyoto → Takamatsu → Kotohira → Matsuyama → Okayama → Kumamoto → Nagasaki → Fukuoka → Osaka

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