Kurashiki Essentials (from Okayama)

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A Charming Little Town with Many Historical Aspects
From¥11,935

~ USD 110.79

A Charming Little Town with Many Historical Aspects
From¥11,935

~ USD 110.79

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  • Toyota Alphard 1-5 People, 2-6 SuitcasesStart Time: 09:00
  • HiAce Grand Cabin1-8 People, 9 SuitcasesStart Time: 09:00
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1 Day (10 Hours)
Availability : All year round
PRICES START FROM:

+ JPY17,236 PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 5 PEOPLE (TOYOTA ALPHARD)

+ JPY11,935 PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 8 PEOPLE (HIACE GRAND CABIN)


Each booking will be charged per vehicle, irrespective of the number of passengers. The price per person will depend on the number of passengers in your group travelling in a single vehicle. Please note the maximum occupancy limits for each vehicle while booking. 

Toyota Alphard
HiAce Grand Cabin
THIS TOUR STARTS FROM A LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE IN OKAYAMA.

You can pick your hotel, Okayama Airport, a train station or any other location as long as it is located within OKAYAMA CITY.

If you would like our assistance in reaching OKAYAMA, please book a customized bespoke tour instead.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?

+ Vehicle designated in selected package (either a Toyota Alphard or HiAce Grand Cabin)

+ English speaking driver (the driver is not a guide & may only have basic English skills)

+ Tolls, Highway Fees, Parking Fees, Fuel (and other associated vehicle costs for this itinerary)

 

HOW CAN I ADD A TOUR GUIDE?

Pick a date & package; press the PROCEED BOOKING button. The next screen will offer you the option to add on a REGION EXPERT (a local guide with expert knowledge of the area, its history and culture) for an additional fee. Other add-ons may also be available.

 

ITINERARY

This tour starts at a location of your choice within Okayama and will then proceed to your chosen destination options.

Please type in three options from the following after pressing the PROCEED BOOKING button.

Option 01: Okayama Castle (Recommended)

Option 02: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (Recommended)

Option 03: Betty Smith Jeans Museum (Recommended)

Option 04: Okayama Korakuen Garden

Option 05: Kojima Jeans Street (each shop has different day off)

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Kurashiki is a quaint city within Okayama Prefecture. Known to be as Japan’s own Venice, with well-preserved warehouse, traditional houses and stores. Along with a stunning canal lined with green willow trees, stone brides and charming tiny gondolas, this beautiful city will take you back in time to Edo-period and Meiji-period of Japan.

We start off in the capital city of its namesake prefecture, Okayama, located just 30 minutes away from Kurashiki. After picking you up in one of our luxurious private vehicles, we will drive you through some truly amazing countryside views to the three destinations of your choice.

 

Option 01: Okayama Castle (Recommended)

Kurashiki Essentials Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, also known as “crow castle” due to its black exterior, was built in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. Located on the Asahi River and surrounded by the gorgeous Korakuen Garden, draws many tourists and locals to visit this beautiful landmark. Visitors can also try their hand in crafts like Bizen-yaki, a type of pottery local to Okayama Prefecture (advance reservations recommended).

Entrance fee (separated from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)
Adults (Senior High School and above): JPY300 per person / Children (Elementary-Junior High school): JPY120 per person

 

Option 02: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (Recommended)

Kurashiki Essentials Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

The Bikan Historical Quarter, has been coined to be the Venice of Japan, with mixtures of Japanese residential characteristics and European western influences. This well preserved district of traditional buildings will take you back into time, during the 1600s when Kurashiki was an important hub of bartering and transporting goods throughout Japan and the Chugoku region. Although these buildings and storefronts have been well persevered and restored to keeps its original state, the interiors have been transformed into charming cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops and museums. A willow-lined canal also winds through the quarter, allowing visitors to take pleasant gondola rides, which give a very picturesque view of the quarter.

 

Option 03: Betty Smith Jeans Museum (Recommended)Kurashiki Essentials Betty Smith Jeans Museum

Admired by fashion designers, trend setters and influencers, the Betty Smith Museums attracts many different types of people to its door steps. 

Kurashiki Essentials Betty Smith Jeans Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the only museum dedicated to denim in Japan, this museum introduces visitors to the jean-manufacturing process, with a hands on approach allowing their visitors to work within the assembly lines and customizing their own pair of jeans.

 

Option 04: Okayama Korakuen Garden

Kurashiki Essentials Okayama Korakuen Garden

This picturesque landscape has been ranked to be one of the top three best gardens within Japan. Located next to the Okayama Castle, this spacious garden incorporates traditional characteristic of a Japanese landscape garden, with a large pond, streams, and walking paths. While strolling peacefully through the winding paths, visitors can also find groves of plum, cherry and maple trees, a tea and rice field as well as an archery range and a crane aviary.

Entrance fee (separated from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)
Adults: JPY400 per person

 

Option 05: Kojima Jeans Street

Kojima Jeans Street Private Package Tour

Luring denims fans from across Japan and around the globe, this quaint shopping district of reformed old storefronts, offer 30 shops, cafes and general stores, selling the highest quality of jeans. With narrow streets and jeans and denim fabric hung across from window to window, you will find yourself having a new unique shopping experience.

 


 

The tour will end with us dropping you off at a location of your choice in Okayama.

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