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The Ohashi family was foremost amongst the merchant class of Kurashiki, and this is the residence they built for themselves in 1796. The house is typical of the machiya (Japanese for "town house") of Kurashiki's wealthy merchants. There are tatami-floored rooms with elegant sliding doors and hanging scrolls for entertaining guests as well as private quarters, storage rooms and a kitchen.

In one striking difference with other machiya, the Ohashi Residence (勴ƏZ, Ōhashi-ke Jūtaku) is not built directly on the road but has a front gate and an open area, which was an architectural style exclusive to samurai residences. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), a strict caste system separated the social classes, with the samurai at the top and the merchants at the bottom. That the Ohashi family was able to use architectural designs usually reserved for samurai, was indicative of their local importance.

Getting there and around

The Ohashi House is a couple minutes walk from the northern end of the preserved canal area, on the opposite side of Motomachi-dori, the main road.

To reach the Ohashi House from the station, follow the main road leading south (Motomachi-dori) and turn right at the second set of traffic lights. The Ohashi House is about a minute away on the left side.

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    • Nagi Kurashiki Hotel&Lounge
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      Located in Kurashiki and with Shinkeien Garden reachable within 1 km, Nagi Kurashiki Hotel&Lounge provides concierge services, non-smoking rooms, free bikes, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. The property is situated 10 km from Tanematsuyama Park, 10 km from Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 25 km from Daitsu-ji Temple. The hotel features family rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. The rooms include a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Guests at the hotel can enjoy snacks. With staff speaking English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean, guidance is available at the reception. Popular points of interest near Nagi Kurashiki Hotel&Lounge include Kanryuji Temple, Yumiko Igarashi Museum and Ohara Museum of Art. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 28 km from the accommodation.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki
      Mid-range
      Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki is situated in Kurashiki, 800 metres from Shinkeien Garden and 9 km from Tanematsuyama Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American or an Asian breakfast. You can play billiards at Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki, and bike hire is available. Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 9.4 km from the accommodation, while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 24 km from Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki.
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    • GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo
      Mid-range
      Situated within 500 metres of Shinkeien Garden and 8.8 km of Tanematsuyama Park in Kurashiki, GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo features accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 8.8 km from the aparthotel, while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 25 km from GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo.
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    • Kurashiki Ivy Square
      Mid-range
      Originally built in 1889 as a red-brick cotton mill, this historical hotel is just 300 metres from the Bikan Historical Quarter. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and gift shop. The air-conditioned rooms at Kurashiki Ivy Square feature cherry-wood furniture and a flat-screen cable TV. Ohara Museum, Yurinso Villa and Kyodo Gangukan (Japanese Folk Toy Museum) are all about a 5-minute walk from the hotel. JR Kurashiki Train Station is a 20-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride away. Kurashiki Ivy Square Hotel is an official Heritage of Industrial Modernisation site. The hotel features an art gallery. Tsuta Restaurant serves Japanese dishes in Japanese decor. Restaurant Ivy offers Western foods. Bar Akarenga pours drinks in a relaxed setting.
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    • Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima
      Mid-range
      Situated in Kurashiki, within 3.1 km of Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 6.4 km of Tanematsuyama Park, Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima features accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is set 8.4 km from Shinkeien Garden, 25 km from Daitsu-ji Temple and 25 km from Saijo Inari Temple. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. At the hotel, rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The rooms at Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima are fitted with a seating area. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Hourseshoe Crab Museum is 26 km from Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima, while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 30 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 41 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki
      Mid-range
      Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki is situated in Kurashiki, within 700 metres of Shinkeien Garden and 9 km of Tanematsuyama Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 16 km from Kuni Shrine and 17 km from Saijo Inari Temple. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a bidet. The rooms have a wardrobe. Guests at Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki can enjoy a buffet breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 10 km from Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki, while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 24 km from the hotel.
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    • Kurashiki Base Inarimachi
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kurashiki, a 6-minute walk from Shinkeien Garden, Kurashiki Base Inarimachi offers accommodation with free bikes. This guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Kanryuji Temple is 700 metres from the guest house. The units at the guest house are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. The rooms will provide guests with a microwave. A rental bicycle is available free of charge. Yumiko Igarashi Museum is a 10-minute walk from Kurashiki Base Inarimachi, while Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is 27 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 20 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Route-Inn Kurashiki Mizushima
      Mid-range
      Set in Kurashiki, within 2.9 km of Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 5.5 km of Tanematsuyama Park, Hotel Route-Inn Kurashiki Mizushima offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is located 26 km from Hourseshoe Crab Museum and 30 km from Rian Bunko Art Museum. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Shinkeien Garden is 8.6 km from Hotel Route-Inn Kurashiki Mizushima, while Daitsu-ji Temple is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 41 km from the accommodation.
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    • Dormy Inn Kurashiki Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Kurashiki is a 6-minute walk from Kurashiki Train Station and a 40-minute drive from Okayama Airport. It features a restaurant, free wired internet and a public bath with hot spring water. Air-conditioned guestrooms are fitted with a fridge and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Communal bath facilities are available. The hotel features a large open-air bath and an indoor public bath on the top floor. A coin launderette, massage services and sauna facilities are also available. English speaking staff can be found at the front desk. Kurashiki Dormy Inn is within 500 metres from Kanryuji Temple and Yumiko Igarashi Museum.
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    • Green Rich Hotel Kurashiki Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana)
      Mid-range
      Green Rich Hotel Kurashiki Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana) is located in Kurashiki, 500 metres from Shinkeien Garden and 8.8 km from Tanematsuyama Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. All guest rooms include a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 9.3 km from Green Rich Hotel Kurashiki Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana), while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 16 km away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 25 km from the accommodation.
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