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The Ohara Museum of Art (匴p, Ōhara Bijutsukan) was Japan's first museum of Western art. It is a private museum consisting of three adjacent buildings next to the canal and a separate building located in Ivy Square.

The Main Gallery building was constructed when the museum was founded, and features most of the museum's highlights. On display are masterpieces of Western art by Picasso, El Greco, Gauguin, Modigliani, Rodin, Klee, Pollock and Kandinsky among others. The artists in the collection span a wide variety of periods and nationalities.

Beside the Main Gallery are the Annex building and a building housing the Craft Art Gallery and the Asiatic Art Gallery. The Annex features a number of works by Japanese artists, and includes both oil paintings and sculptures. The Craft Art Gallery displays ceramics, woodblock prints, stencil dyeing, and other crafts. The Asiatic Art Gallery includes artefacts from Egypt and antiques from China.

The final building, the Kojima Museum, is located a five minute walk away in Ivy Square and is included in the admission fee. It is a gallery for Kojima Torajiro, a Japanese artist who painted in the Western style. Kojima purchased much of the art on display at the Main Gallery on behalf of Ohara Magosaburo, the owner of the Kurabo textile company and founder of the Ohara Museum. In fact, the Ohara Museum was built by Ohara in 1930 to commemorate Kojima, who had died the year before.

Getting there and around

The main buildings of the Ohara Museum are located at the northern end of Kurashiki's historic canal area. The Kojima Museum is located about 200 meters away from the other buildings, just across the canal within Ivy Square.

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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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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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    • The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima
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      Providing free WiFi and free bikes, The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima offers rooms in Kurashiki, 3.1 km from Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 6.4 km from Tanematsuyama Park. The property is around 8.5 km from Shinkeien Garden, 25 km from Daitsu-ji Temple and 26 km from Hourseshoe Crab Museum. The property is 30 km from AEON Mall Okayama and 35 km from Saijo Inari Temple. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower, slippers and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is available daily at The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima. Rian Bunko Art Museum is 30 km from the accommodation, while Kuni Shrine is 30 km away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 41 km from The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima.
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    • Hotel Route-Inn Kurashiki Mizushima
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      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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    • Kurashiki Base Inarimachi
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      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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    • Dormy Inn Kurashiki Natural Hot Spring
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      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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