Kurashiki Essentials (from Okayama City)

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A Charming Little Town with Many Historical Aspects
From¥86,180

~ USD 770.00

A Charming Little Town with Many Historical Aspects
From¥86,180

~ USD 770.00

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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 : Daily
Okayama
Kurashiki

This tour starts from any location within Okayama City.

If you want a tour that starts elsewhere, please contact us or book a customized private tour.

Pricing

All prices are per group (irrespective of the number of people) and include only the vehicle cost, driver fee, highway tolls/ parking fees. Lunch/ dinner/ incidental expenses & tickets etc. are not included.
You will be shown the option add an expert level guide and other additional available services prior to payment. All prices are inclusive of tax and credit card fees. No hidden charges.
Bookings can be made up to 72 hours before the listed departure time. A credit card will be required (and authorized for the tour amount) to make a booking, but it will only be charged once our team has confirmed the availability of your requested date.

 

Itinerary

Please choose any 3 destinations out of the following options. You will be asked to type in your selected 3 options during the booking process. You may leave this blank if you have not yet decided.
We will pick you up from your accommodation at the beginning of the tour and drop you back at a location of your choosing (within Okayama) after the tour. Please make sure to fill in the correct accommodation (and address) when booking the tour.

 

Option 01: Okayama Castle Castle (Recommended)

Okayama Castle, also known as “crow castle” due to its black exterior, was built in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. The original castle was destroyed in the last year of World War 2, but a reconstruction was made in 1966. The castle is located on the Asahi River, which was used as a moat. Korakuen Garden is located just across the river. Inside the six-story castle keep are exhibits relating to the history and development of the castle. Furthermore, there is a pottery studio where visitors can craft Bizen-yaki, a type of pottery local to Okayama Prefecture (advance reservations recommended). There is also a corner for visitors to dress up in kimono and a small restaurant.

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)

During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Kurashiki was an important point along the distribution route of Japan’s most important commodity, rice. Large quantities of rice from the surrounding area were brought into Kurashiki and intermediately stored there in storehouses before being shipped to Osaka and Edo (Tokyo). Because of the city’s importance in the rice trade, Kurashiki was put under direct control of the shogunate, and the city was even named after its many storehouses (kura).

Canals were built to allow boats and barges to navigate between the city’s storehouses and the nearby port. A central section of the city’s former canal system has been preserved in the Bikan Historical Quarter. The weeping willow trees that line the canal and the stone bridges that cross over the water make for a picturesque scene.

Option 03: Betty Smith Jeans Museum (Recommended)

Founded in 1962, this museum shop is operated by the venerable jeans manufacturer Betty Smith. As the only jeans museum in Japan, the Betty Smith Jeans Museum not only introduces visitors to the jeans-manufacturing process but also allows visitors to work in the museum’s workshop customizing their own pair of jeans by attaching their choice of parts (buttons, rivets, etc.) as well as to try their hand at making mobile phone straps (fee required).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These entirely custom-made jeans can also be shipped internationally. A nearby outlet shop, where visitors can purchase high-quality jeans, allows visitors not only to experience the process but also to go shopping.

Option 04 Okayama Korakuen Garden

Korakuen is a beautiful landscape garden and Okayama’s main attraction. Along with Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen and Mito’s Kairakuen, Korakuen is ranked as one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens. It is located just beside Okayama Castle, which can be seen from the garden as “borrowed scenery”. Korakuen is a spacious garden that incorporates the typical features of a Japanese landscape garden, including a large pond, streams, walking paths and a hill that serves as a lookout point. Rather unique for a Japanese garden, however, are Korakuen’s spacious lawns. Also found in the garden are groves of plum, cherry and maple trees, tea and rice fields, 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

Denim fans from all over Japan come to this shopping district of reformed older storefronts to visit about 30 shops, cafes, and general stores from jeans brands known around the world for high quality. Come and see for yourself the latest recommendations and trends! Kojima Jeans Street is conveniently accessible. Don’t forget to take a commemorative photo in front of the limited-service Jeans Bus (the exterior decorated with denim photos and interior with denim fabric) or underneath the numerous pairs of jeans hanging above the street!

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