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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter – Expo 2025: Live to Travel, Travel to Live

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is an enchanting area popular for its scenery of whitewashed storehouses, namako walls, and rows of willow trees. Here, boatmen guide guests on small boats along the Kurashiki River, which once served as a bustling waterway for transporting goods. As you float on the gentle river, you can admire the white-walled townscape from a slightly different perspective than that on foot. Immerse yourself in the captivating retro-modern world of Kurashiki.

Local insights

My name is Jun Aoba, and I am in charge of inbound tourism at the Okayama Prefectural Government. With a focus on introducing Okayama’s history, culture, and tourism resources, I work diligently every day to promote the overall charm of Japan to a wider audience.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Expo 2025

The city's charm, which is centered on its traditional buildings, stems from a culture that values history and tradition, aligning with the Expo theme, "Connecting Lives.”

Q1: How does this attraction bring tourists and locals together?

A: In small boats, boatmen happily guide guests through the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and, although an interpreter is required, they are happy to answer any questions visitors may have about the area. In addition, Okayama Prefecture has established a Foreigner Acceptance Council and is actively working to create a welcoming environment for foreigners.

Q2: What kind of impressions have you got from visitors?

A: Although the tour only lasted a little over 20 minutes, many participants said, "the view from the boat was exceptional and offered a different perspective and speed than that on foot. The price was reasonable, and the boatman gave us a very good tour.” We have received many positive comments from our guests about how they enjoyed their time with us.

Q3: Any message for visitors planning to see Expo 2025?

A: In addition to Osaka, the host city of the Expo, there are many attractive tourist destinations in Western Japan. In Okayama Prefecture, apart from the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, there are numerous sightseeing spots, including Okayama Korakuen garden and Okayama Castle. When you visit Japan, be sure to extend your travels to the western part and explore these wonderful attractions.

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