In the Edo period, Kurashiki was an important trading town for rice and later became known for textiles. Having largely escaped war-time damage, much of Kurashiki's old storehouses, mills and shops remain in good condition. With arching bridges and weeping willows flanking the feudal era canal, Kurashiki will give you a sense of where people lived and worked in old Japan. The nearby town of Okayama is home to Korakuen, a traditional stroll garden considered one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens.
Ryokan Kurashiki is a small traditional Japanese inn located in the lovely historic town of Kurashiki. The former residence of a sugar merchant, guest rooms have views of the garden and canal. Kaiseki cuisine, inspired and informed by nature and the four seasons, is served for dinner. Using only the freshest ingredients, the dishes celebrate local flavours and please the eyes as much as the palate.
Ryokan Kurashiki is located right in the heart of Bikan Historical Quarter, across from the Tourist Information Center, at the crook of the willow-lined old canal. It is a 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki station.
KURASHIKI KOKUSAI HOTEL
Situated just at the entrance to Kurashiki's Bikan Chiku canal district, it is easy to dive into one of Japan’s best-preserved old town areas at a moment's notice from this superior modern hotel with an artistic twist. The interiors have elements of Western and Japanese traditional woodblock printing to their design. Articles of local Bizen ware pottery can be found around the hotel, tracing back to the ancient cultural traditions of the region.
The rooms here are relatively spacious, with comfortable furnishings and a reserved aesthetic. They are equipped with a full range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms.
There are several restaurants in-house, including Japanese and French, serving locally sourced wagyu beef from Setouchi. There is also an affiliated casual Japanese restaurant called Kiyutei opposite the excellent Ohara Art Museum.
TOYOKO INN KURASHIKI-EKI MINAMI-GUCHI
The hotel is conveniently placed between the station and the city’s main attraction, the Bikan Chiku canal district. This is a great base for sightseeing in the area, and there are plenty of restaurants, shops, and bars around for your evening entertainment needs.
This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.
KURASHIKI ROYAL ART HOTEL
Situated just at the entrance to Kurashiki's Bikan Chiku canal district, it is easy to dive into one of Japan's best-preserved old town areas at a moment's notice from this lovely deluxe hotel.
The rooms are spacious and the beds are generous. The marble-finished bathrooms are comfortably sized and all luxury amenities provided as standard.
There are numerous restaurants in the nearby Bikan Chiku area, as well Japanese and French dining options in the hotel. For breakfast a generous buffet of Western and Japanese options is provided in the in-house Ravenna Café, starting from 7:00.
KURASHIKI IVY SQUARE
Originally built in 1889 as a red-brick cotton mill, this historical hotel is just 300 metres from the Bikan Historical Quarter. It features 2 restaurants, a bar, and a gift shop. The air-conditioned rooms at Kurashiki Ivy Square feature cherry-wood furniture, a flat-screen cable TV, free WiFi, and minifridges. This refined hotel in an ivy-covered building lies 5 minutes' walk from Ohara Museum of Art. There are 2 restaurants, one serving Western cuisine and the other Japanese dishes, plus a relaxed bar with vaulted ceilings and a grand terrace courtyard. Guests can relax in the hotels' large public baths (gender-segregated). In keeping with Kurashiki's reputation for arts and crafts, guests can even take pottery classes at the hotel.