Kurashiki Ivy Square (倉敷アイビースクエア) is a collection of brick buildings covered in ivy that include a museum, 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. Before the construction of the mill, the site was used for the offices 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:

  • Kurabo Museum
    Hours: 10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:45)
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: 300 yen
    Typical visit duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
    Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
    Closed: No closing days
    Admission: 600 yen
    Typical visit duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Piggybank Museum
    Hours: 10:30 to 17:00
    Closed: Thursdays
    Admission: 300 yen
    Typical visit duration: 10-15 minutes

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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.

How to get to and around Kurashiki

Hotels around Kurashiki

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    • Nagi Kurashiki Hotel&Lounge
      Luxury
      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. 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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    • Ryori Ryokan Tsurugata
      Luxury
      Located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ryori Ryokan Tsurugata offers Japanese-style accommodations in a historical building from the Edo period. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas and guests can relax in the public baths. JR Kurashiki Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a seating area with low tables and a flat-screen TV. Japanese Yukata robes and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests and the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Massages can be requested for an extra cost and local souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. Photocopying services and luggage storage is offered at the front desk. Guests can look out into the traditional garden and relax. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set menu for breakfast. Meals are served at the guests' room. Tsurugata Ryori Ryokan is a 2-minute walk from Ohara Museum of Art and a 5-minute walk from Kurashiki Ivy Square. Achi Shrine is also a 5-minute walk away.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki
      Mid-range
      Boasting a restaurant, Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki is situated in Kurashiki in the Okayama region, 800 metres from Shinkeien Garden and 9 km from Tanematsuyama Park. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, and some rooms at Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki have a city view. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. The daily breakfast offers buffet, Italian or Asian options. The accommodation offers a sauna. You can play billiards at Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki, and bike hire is available. Staff at the 24-hour front desk speak English, Japanese and Chinese. Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park is 9.4 km from the hotel, while Rian Bunko Art Museum is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 23 km from Royal Park Hotel Kurashiki.
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    • Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki
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      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. Saijo Inari Temple is 17 km from Hotel Grand Cocoe Kurashiki, while AEON Mall Okayama is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo
      Mid-range
      Situated within 500 metres of Shinkeien Garden and 8.8 km of Tanematsuyama Park, GRAND BASE Kurashiki Chuo features rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Kurashiki. Among the facilities at this property are a lift and full-day security, along with free WiFi throughout the property. This 3-star aparthotel offers private entrance. Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchen, and a private bathroom with slippers. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. All units will provide guests with kitchenware. 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.
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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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    • Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima
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      Situated within 3.1 km of Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park and 6.4 km of Tanematsuyama Park, Tabino Hotel Kurashiki Mizushima offers rooms in Kurashiki. Featuring 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. A buffet breakfast is 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.
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    • Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel
      Luxury
      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.
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    • Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated 200 metres from Shinkeien Garden, Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel offers 4-star accommodation in Kurashiki and has a garden, a restaurant and a bar. Located around 8.5 km from Tanematsuyama Park, the hotel with free WiFi is also 8.6 km away from Mizushima Ryokuchi Fukuda Park. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Rian Bunko Art Museum is 17 km from Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel, while Kuni Shrine is 17 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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