Gateway to Shikoku, Kurashiki (倉敷) in Okayama prefecture, is a convenient step to leave Honshu and reach Japan’s fourth island. But the quiet city, with its black and white storehouses and its canal, is way more than that. A stroll in the historical district of Bikan allows to imagine what life was like back in the beginning of Edo period. The city is thus one of the hundred landscapes of Heisei Era. And the southern district of Kojima is surprisingly the birthplace of Japanese denim.
How to get there?
Kurashiki is only about 15 minutes by train from Okayama (320 yen, JR Pass ok) with either local or rapid trains.
Kurashiki is also the birthplace of Momotaro, the boy who was born in a peach and whose story was sung by Japanese singer Campanella (Wednesday campanella).