Kurashiki Ivy Square (倉敷アイビースクエア) is a complex of brick buildings covered in ivy that include museums, restaurants and a hotel. The area was the site of the first modern cotton mill in Japan, and the brick buildings were originally built as part of the mill in 1889. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), before the construction of the mill, the site was used as the office of the local magistrate, who exercised control over Kurashiki as the direct representative of the shogun.
In building Japan's first modern cotton mill, the Kurashiki Bosekijo (Kurashiki spinning mill) company, also known as Kurabo, reaped the profits of introducing new industrial techniques to the country. The company is still active today in the textile and various other industries. Kurabo has built a memorial hall in one of the former cotton warehouses which traces the company's history. A number of other museums are located within and around Ivy Square:
Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:45) Closed: No closing days Admission: 300 yen Typical visit duration: 15-30 minutes
The Kurabo Museum illustrates the history of the Kurashiki Bosekijo (Kurashiki spinning mill) company. There are five rooms each devoted to a different time period, from the company's foundation in 1888 to the present day. Artefacts are displayed for each time period.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays Admission: 1500 yen (also includes Ohara Museum) Typical visit duration: 15-25 minutes
This museum is dedicated to the artist Kojima Torajiro (1881-1929), who painted in the Western style. A number of his works are on display, as well as works of Egyptian and Islamic art from his own collection. The museum is part of the Ohara Museum, which houses many European works Kojima purchased on behalf of the owner.
Momotaro Karakuri Museum
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: 600 yen Typical visit duration: 20-30 minutes
The story of Momotaro (Peach Boy) is one of the most famous legends in Japan, and it takes place in the region around Kurashiki. This small museum just outside Ivy Square displays a number of fun devices that all have the legend of Momotaro as a theme.
Hours: 10:30 to 17:00 Closed: Thursdays Admission: 300 yen Typical visit duration: 10-15 minutes
This small museum displays a large collection of piggy banks that were all made in Japan. There are hundreds of piggy banks, ranging from those produced for the 1970 Osaka Expo to those of popular comic book characters. Located outside Ivy Square, the museum is recognizable by the many dog statues perched on its roof.
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Getting there and around
Ivy Square is just a few steps away from the southern half of Kurashiki's preserved canal area.
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.
Situated 800 metres from Shinkeien Garden, Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki offers 3-star accommodation in Kurashiki and has a restaurant. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All rooms at Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. The daily breakfast offers buffet, American or Asian options. You can play billiards at this 3-star hotel, and bike hire is available. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Tanematsuyama Park is 9 km from the accommodation, while Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 9.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 23 km from Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki.
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, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave 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, 23 km from GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo.
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.
Boasting a restaurant, Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki is situated in Kurashiki in the Okayama region, 700 metres from Shinkeien Garden and 9 km from Tanematsuyama Park. The property is located 10 km from Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park, 16 km from Rian Bunko Art Museum and 16 km from Kuni Shrine. The hotel has a sauna, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. 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. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki. Saijo Inari Temple is 17 km from the accommodation, while AEON Mall Okayama is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 23 km from Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki.
Featuring 3-star accommodation, Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima is situated in Kurashiki, 3.1 km from Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 6.4 km from Tanematsuyama Park. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima rooms have bed linen and towels. Buffet and Asian breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation. Shinkeien Garden is 8.4 km from Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima, while Daitsu-ji Temple is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 41 km from the hotel.
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.
Boasting in 4 dining options, Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel features accommodations with free wired internet access. JR Kurashiki Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Guests can watch video-on-demand movies on the flat-screen TV. The spacious private bathroom comes with marbled floors and slippers. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. Dry cleaning services are provided. Japanese dishes are served at Kurashiki and French cuisines at Hachikengura. A breakfast buffet is available at Cafe Ravenna, and drinks at Heisha Bar. Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Ohashi House and the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Ohara Museum is a 10-minute walk away.
Featuring 3-star accommodation, 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, a hairdryer and a desk. All guest rooms include a private bathroom, slippers 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, 23 km from the accommodation.
Located in Kurashiki and within 3.1 km of Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park, The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima features free bikes, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Tanematsuyama Park is 6.4 km away and Shinkeien Garden is 8.5 km from the hotel. 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 private bathroom with a bidet. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests at The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Daitsu-ji Temple is 25 km from the accommodation, while Hourseshoe Crab Museum is 26 km away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 41 km from The Celecton Kurashiki Mizushima.