Kurashiki

Formerly known as a rice distribution center, this modern city now offers interesting museums, cafes, and boutiques.

Kurashiki is a historic city located in western Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Kurashiki is the home of Japan's first museum for Western art, the Ohara Museum of Art. Established in 1930, it contains paintings by El Greco, Monet, Matisse, Gauguin, and Renoir. The collection also presents fine examples of Asian and contemporary art. The old merchant quarter is called the Bikan historical area. It contains many fine examples of 17th century wooden warehouses painted white with traditional black tiles, along a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. The area has no electric poles in order to make it more closely resemble the look of the Meiji period.
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