Visit the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter in spring and enjoy popular sweets

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The annual Kurashiki Hina Doll Tour, held in the Kurashiki, Tamashima, Kojima, Mabi/Funao, and Mizushima districts, is an event where you can feel the arrival of spring with the dolls. In Kurashiki Ward, Hina dolls are displayed in stores from Kurashiki Center Street to the Bikan Historical Quarter,...

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Shinkeien Garden is the main venue for the Hina Doll Tour in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. It was built in 1898 as a vacation home for Koshiro Ohara, the first president of Kurashiki Boseki, and was highly praised as a Japanese-style building. Approximately 30 sets of tiered decorations and Kimekomi dolls are lined up in the 56-tatami large hall, making it an impressive sight. There were dolls from the Taisho era to the Heisei era, and it was a great sight to see the expressions and costumes of the dolls that showed the era.

Hina dolls from the Taisho to Showa eras

Hina dolls from various eras from Taisho to Showa were lined up. Hina dolls from the Showa era have modern facial expressions and costumes, and their decorations are gorgeous.

Hina dolls welcoming you at the entrance

The Hina dolls displayed at the entrance of Shinkeien Garden are from the Showa era, and are gorgeous with hanging scrolls and battledores.

You can experience making clam chicks or hagoita!

At Shinkeien, there is an experience corner where you can try making hagoita (hagoita) and clam chicks (hamaguri chicks), where you can make cute inner and inner chicks by pasting cloth onto clams.

[Clam chicks and hagoita making experience]

Date: March 2nd (Sat), 3rd (Sun), 9th (Sat), 10th (Sun), 2024

Capacity: First 5 people each time Time: 10:00~, 13:00~

Location: Shinkeien Yushintei Participation fee: 2,500 yen (choose clam chicks or hagoita)

Hina dolls in the garden

Shinkeien is also famous for its beautiful garden. The garden is also decorated with dolls, and you can enjoy them while sitting on the veranda.

[Shinkeien] Location: 1-1-20 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-422-0338 Opening hours: 9:00-17:00

Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays (December 29th to January 3rd)

Admission fee: Free

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2. Kurashiki Folk Crafts Museum

The Kurashiki Folk Crafts Museum displays the stencil-dyed and Hina-e illustrations of Serizawa Keisuke, who traveled throughout Japan to investigate folk crafts and tools together with Muneyoshi Yanagi, who advocated the folk craft movement. . Keisuke Serizawa started his career in dyeing with a focus on stencil dyeing after encountering Okinawan dyeing called bingata with his lifelong mentor, Soetsu Yanagi. In 1956, he was recognized as a holder of important intangible cultural property (Living National Treasure).

[Kurashiki Folk Crafts Museum] Location: 1-4-11 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-422-1637 Business hours: 10:00-17:00

Closed: Monday

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3. Japanese Folk Toy Museum

The Japanese Folk Toy Museum is housed in a rice storehouse left by our ancestors who were doing business in the Bikan Historical Quarter from the days when Kurashiki was a Tenryō, and displays approximately 10,000 local toys collected from all over Japan. It is a museum where there is. Toyama clay doll hina dolls were displayed and sold at the shop.

[Japanese Folk Toy Museum]

Address: 1-4-16 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama PrefectureTEL: 086-422-8058

Business hours: 10:00-17:00

Closed: Wednesday

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4. Plus One Gallery

There is a gallery in a renovated storehouse behind the shop of the "Japan Folk Toy Museum", and the artist's "Hinairodori Exhibition" was being held at that time (until March 10, 2024). You can enjoy the atmosphere of the storehouse and Hina dolls, which are unique to the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, in a very nice atmosphere. There is also a cafe attached, where you can spend a relaxing time.

Plus One Gallery | Japanese Folk Toy Museum

5.FLAT Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Store

``FLAT Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Store'' is a store specializing in tatami edging and miscellaneous goods made using tatami edging, and is directly managed by ``Takada Orimono Co., Ltd.'', which is located in Kojima, Kurashiki City and has the largest production volume of tatami edging in Japan. There was a shop inside the ``Japanese Toy Local Museum,'' and there were dolls made of tatami mats on display.

[FLAT Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Store]

Location: 1-4-16 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-435-0014

Business hours: 10:00-17:00

Regular holidays: Year-end and New Year holidays *Irregular holidays may apply

Takada Textile Co., Ltd. official website

6. Workshop IKUKO

Kobo IKUKO has a stylish appearance in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. A large number of vintage Hina dolls and Hina dolls from the Edo period to the early Showa period are on display and for sale. During the Edo period, around the time of the 8th Shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa, the gorgeous Kyoho Hina dolls, which were born in Kyoto and spread throughout the country, and the Ichiki Hina dolls, which were created based on accurate research on the costumes worn by court nobles, were valuable and worth seeing. It's rare that it's sold at a reasonable price, so I wanted to buy it. [Workshop IKUKO]

Location: 1-12-9 Chuo, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-427-0067

Business hours: 10:00-18:00

Closed: Mondays (open if Monday is a holiday)

Kobo IKUKO official website

7. Living utensil tenugui Gocha

This store specializes in utensils and towels, and on the second floor of the shop there was a display of Hina dolls on hanging scrolls. Tenugui with doll patterns are also on sale. There is a wide variety of towels that are gentle on the skin.

[Daily Tenugui Gocha]

Location: 1-30 Honmachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-697-6515

Business hours: 10:00-18:00

Closed: Thursday

Lifestyle tenugui Gocha official website

8. Kurashiki Jurokuya Namba family main residence

You can view the luxurious Gotenbina dolls, which are similar to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, for free and no reservations are required. Kyoho Hina dolls and Ichimatsu dolls are on display in the tatami room, which is a paid area.

[Kurashiki Jurokuya Namba family main residence]

Location: 1-15 Higashimachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-422-0106

Business hours: 10:00-16:00

Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Kurashiki Jurokuya Namba family main house official website

Chigo riverboat float

At the opening ceremony, a ``Chigo riverboat float'' was held on the Kurashiki River, and I was able to see it. Apparently it's an event that only happens once a year, so there were many tourists taking pictures of their cute appearance.

Hiroeido Kurashiki Otori branch

At ``Koeido Kurashiki Otori Store'', Hina dolls from 81 years ago were on display inside the shop. There was a long line outside the shop! I want to wait in line to check it out lol. There is a demonstration of freshly baked Long Chofu for sale, and there are other delicious things besides freshly made! It was worth lining up to buy it.

[Koeido Kurashiki Otori store]

Location: 5-22 Honmachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-421-3888

Business hours: 9:00-17:00

Closed: Thursday

Hiroeido official website


The inside of the paste shop ``Ozakiya'' was decorated with Bizen ware dolls. I saw so many people eating cute dumplings in front of the store, so I decided to buy some too! Chikuwa and other sweets are the main products, but they also have a wide variety of sweets, and the inside of the store smells delicious, whetting my appetite even as I waited in line. I bought a omikuji dango (500 yen including tax) with a love fortune on it. The design is sure to get you excited, the taste is delicious, and you can enjoy a marshmallow at the end. The fortune telling was also very authentic lol. I asked a couple who were buying it to let me take a photo.


Location: 5-29 Honmachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-434-8808

Business hours: 9:30-17:00

Regular holiday: No holidays

Ozakiya official website

Swelling and swelling

I waited in line again for the chocolate sandwich, which is irresistible for chocolate lovers! Haremokemo's sweets are gluten-free and do not use animal ingredients as much as possible (vegan friendly), but they are heavy and filling, and the cookie dough is just the right hardness, making it very filling! The raw materials used are locally produced in Okayama and Kurashiki. Terrine chocolate sandwich (486 yen including tax).


Location: 14-3 Honmachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

TEL: 086-486-5002

Business hours: 11:00-17:00

Regular holiday: No holidays

Haremokemo official homepage

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Okayama Prefecture is located in the center of western Japan and is known as the ``Land of Sunny'' due to its mild climate with little rain throughout the year. Conveniently located in the middle of famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima! It is also the gateway to Shikoku via the Seto Ohashi Bridge. Okayama is also known as the "Fruit Kingdom," and the fruits that have been exposed to the sun in the warm climate of Setouchi are of the highest quality in terms of sweetness, aroma, and taste. You can enjoy seasonal fruits such as white peach, muscat, and pione! There are also world-class sightseeing spots such as ``Okayama Castle'', ``Okayama Korakuen'', one of Japan's three famous gardens, and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, which are proud of their history, culture, and art!

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