The Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft is located in a historical rice warehouse of the Bikan district. Many potteries, clothes and pieces of furniture are exposed at the museum, specialized in utilitarian objects. As such most of the pieces of the exhibit are of unknown origin as they were crafted by ordinary artisans for use in everyday life.
Kurashiki Bikan is a lovely historical district in the town of Kurashiki. The area is known for the historic canals that once served the important rice shipping business of the region. Many of the original storehouses of the Bikan area were preserved and now house trendy cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Nowadays the canals are used to carry tourists around in the traditional wooden boats and serve occasionally for wedding celebrations. The area also features the Ivy Square: the historical brick buildings that were part of the cotton mill are now hosting hotels restaurants, cafes and museums.
The island of Miyajima is most famous for the Itsukushima Shrine. Not too far north of the shrine is located the town’s commercial center where many restaurants and hotels are located. The sector features many stores selling Momiji Manjyu, a special pastry originating from the island. They come with various fillings inside a maple-shaped outer dough.
The island is also known for the World’s largest rice spoon, made from a single tree, which is located on the Omotesando shopping street. Smaller replicas are sold in the many gift shops on the island.
Downtown Miyajima also features a nicely landscaped waterfront beach offering a nice view of the city of Momiji on the opposite coast. Many deers that are accustomed to humans inhabit the sector and may be hungry for some tourist’s shirt. Be careful!
The Senjokaku Hall, also officially named Hokoku Shrine, is a Shrine located on a hill just north of the famous Itsukushima Shrine. It is known for its spaciousness, and was originally built in 1587 in memory of fallen soldiers but was never completed following the original plans.
The Itsukushima shrine is renowned for its emblematic floating Torii gate. The shrine itself is built over a shallow area of the Seto sea along the island of Itsukushima. When the water recedes at low tide, visitors gain access to the great Torii gate by foot. The island is also sometimes referred to as Miyajima which has the meaning of “Shrine Island” in Japanese. The shrine itself is an interesting complex of many buildings connected by boardwalks supported wooden pillars. The shrine remains illuminated until 23:00 providing a truly fantastic atmosphere.