Kurashiki: Time slip to an era of monochrome storehouses, weeping willows, and stone bridges
Okayama University is located a few kilometers from Kurashiki—a town of exquisitely preserved white-walled-black tiled storehouses sharing the banks of a canal with weeping willows, mills, and shops. Kurashiki—literally translated 'town of storehouses'—had its heyday in the Edo era (1603–1867) as a rice distribution center, and later in textiles during the Meiji era in the late 1800s.
The Bikan area is of the focal point of old-Kurashiki with its rows of stunningly preserved black and white warehouses, which have been converted to shops, traditional Japanese restaurants, and museums. One particular place to visit during a stroll through Kurashiki is the Ohara Museum of Art—opened in 1930 by Kurashiki entrepreneur Magosaburo Ohara, as Japan's first museum displaying western art.
Okayama University students are admitted free.