Home > Tours > Traditional culture > Uncover Kurashiki: Walking Tour in the Bikan Historical Quarter

Uncover Kurashiki: Walking Tour in the Bikan Historical Quarter

A must-see place for history buffs (the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Okayama). A deep guided tour of the real Kurashiki known via a famous family that has been in the area for 400 years. Includes a coffee break and souvenirs at "Cafe Ueda".


A deep city walking tour with the 9th generation representative of the Hara Family, a prominent family in Kurashiki. Your guide will explain the 400-year story of how the streets of Kurashiki, which were a feudal domain during the Edo Period, were formed into the current-day Bikan Historical Quarter. Get to know, see, and feel the "real Kurashiki" and hear the story of why this city prospered through your 9th generation guide. At the end of the tour, enjoy a coffee break at a long-established Kurashiki cafe.

*Based on a 9:00am start

① Meeting at Mukaimatsu Dorm (9:00*)
Learn about the history of Kurashiki! The guide will wait for you in front of Mukaimatsu Dorm. At the meeting place, the guide will explain the origin and history of Kurashiki. (Our interpreter will also accompany you from this part to the end of this tour.)

IMG_0400.JPG② Kanryuji Temple (9:30)
Visit Kanryuji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Kurashiki with a history of over 1000 years. The temple is deeply connected to the history of Kurashiki, and you can actually see the remains of a samurai battle that took place over 150 years ago. It is also a mysterious place where a Shinto shrine exists inside a Buddhist temple.

_NZZ8834.jpg③ Achi Shrine (9:50)
Achi Shrine is said to protect the peace of Kurashiki. Achi Shrine is a quiet and peaceful place to visit when you are tired of the tourist crowds! It is located at the top of Mount Tsurugata, overlooking the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

IMG_0476 (1).JPG④ Tsurugatayama Tunnel (10:30)
The tunnel was built in 1927 and runs north from the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, passing under Tsurugata Mountain. The tunnel is also associated with Emperor Showa. Why was the tunnel built here? We will tell you some of the rumors surrounding the tunnel.

2619c45b892652671e6cbc580d6519c1ecb9422f.jpg⑤ About the alley (10:50)
We will stroll while talking about the alley, including the story of World War Ⅱ.

3345bed62b8a00e157e4507da890cca671504f8b.jpg⑥ Kurashiki Ivy Square (11:00)
We will tell you about Kurashiki Ivy Square, which is now a hotel, in relation to the history of Kurashiki.

31f92dc3a96ec8913c6259edcd34c6b83558df11.JPG⑦ Cafe El Greco (11:20)
The guide will tell you the history of the ivy-covered building of the coffee shop El Greco.

_NZZ9349 (1).jpg⑧ Coffee Break at Cafe Ueda (11:40)
During the coffee break, you will have the chance to talk with Mr. Hara at a coffee shop loved by locals for more than 50 years. You can ask him questions about the area or about his family history.


Hiroyuki Hara, the 9th generation representative of the prominent Hara Family will guide you (along with an English interpreter) and introduce you to lesser-known points of Kurashiki.
• Hear about the Ohara Family, Creators of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and the Rumor of the Tsurugatayama Tunnel
Coffee Break at Cafe Ueda
We will give you information that is not on the internet and that we know only because we are locals.
Talk with your guide and interpreter at the cafe!


• The tour will take place rain or shine.
• Please wear comfortable walking clothes.
• Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or religious reasons for not being able to eat certain foods.

  Price ¥10,000

¥10,000 for 2 persons or more
¥15,000 for solo tourist(Private tour)
¥7,000 for children(Age 2 -11)
Free of charge for infants

  Duration 3 hours
  Hours of availability

Start Time: Held every 30 minutes from 9:00 - 15:00 
Scheduled Finish: 12:40 - 18:40


• Guide
• Interpreter
• One drink at Cafe Ueda


• Cost of food and drink other than one drink at Cafe Ueda and monetary offerings
• Hotel pickup

  Participants 1 - 6 people

Meeting Point

Mukaimatsu Dorm (2-5-1 Tsurugata, Kurashiki City,Okayama prefecture)

Write a Review

  Tour photo