Taking a boat along the river is a great way to take in the sights of the Bikan district (Photo: Ben Beechey)

The Bikan District, Kurashiki

Classic 17th century buildings in a picturesque town

Ben Beechey   - 1 min read

The Bikan district is a part Kurashiki city (倉敷市), a historic city located in the west of Okayama Prefecture. The city itself has a long history associated with feuds between different clans. It was a thriving river port during the Edo period, a time when many distinctive white-walled, black-tiled warehouses were built to store goods. The Bikan area contains many fine examples of these 17th century wooden warehouses, along a picturesque canal surrounded by weeping willows and filled with koi carp. The locals of this part of the city have worked very hard to maintain the traditional feel of the Edo era.

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Ben Beechey

Ben Beechey @ben.beechey

I moved to Japan in late 2007 and lived in the beautiful mountainous setting of Nagano-ken for two very fun years. Although the scenery in Nagano was stunning and the snowboarding conditions second to none, I decided to try life in the fast lane and moved to Tokyo in 2009. I have been in Tokyo si...