Kurashiki, Okayama

Kurashiki (Japanese仓 敷 市, -shi) is a city in Okayama Prefecture and the former Bitchū province on Honshu, the main island of Japan.

Kurashiki is a merchant city from the Edo period. Kurashiki means as much as " village of warehouses ". There are still dozens of buildings ( Kura ) obtained represent a landmark in the city due to their typical facades.


Worth the Ohara Museum of Art is featuring works by Matisse, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Picasso and Fujishima Takeji. In Kurashiki Folk Art Museum exhibits folk art can be seen, while the Japan Rural Toy Museum displays old toys from Japan, but also from other parts of the world. The Kurashiki Ninagawa Museum showed up to its closure in 2000 works of ancient European and Mediterranean art. Opened in 2003, in whose building the Kake Museum of Japanese and European painting.


  • Street: San'yo highway
  • National Road 2 to Osaka and Kitakyushu
  • National roads 429, 430, 486
  • San'yo JR Shinkansen: Train station Shin- Kurashiki, to Tokyo and Hakata
  • JR San'yo Main Line: to Kobe and Kitakyushu
  • JR Honshibisan - line
  • JR Hakubi - line


Kurashi is twinned with the Austrian Sankt Pölten ( since 1957 ), since 1972 the U.S. Kansas City and since 1973 with the New Zealand Christchurch.


Today is economically significant spinning mills, building materials, chemical industry, as well as the smelting of iron ore.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Ahn Young- hak ( football player)
  • Erika Araki (volleyball player)
  • Sen'ichi Hoshino (baseball manager and former pitcher )
  • Hiroki Kosai ( astronomer )
  • Kibi Makibi ( Confucian philosopher)
  • Kazutoshi Mori ( biophysicist )
  • Ri Han -jae ( football player)
  • Daisuke Takahashi ( figure skater )
  • Jōichirō Tatsuyoshi (Boxer)
  • Kozo Uno ( economist )

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Okayama
  • Tamano
  • Soy
  • Asakuchi