One of the most famous sights in Kurashiki is the Bikan Historical Quarter.
The Bikan Historical Quarter is a townscape with a uniquely Japanese atmosphere, and is home to cafes, temples, and shrines.
The Ohara Museum of Art, famous for the “Annunciation,” is also located in the Bikan Historical Quarter.
If you have time, I recommend you go there. I was there once myself.
Ohara Museum of Art
You can also enjoy a boat ride or a rickshaw ride around the Bikan Historical Quarter.
It is an old town, but there are many places for tourists to enjoy.
There are also guesthouses and hotels, and you can find taverns in the Bikan Historical Quarter.
Recommended souvenirs to buy around Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area
In this page, we will introduce recommended souvenirs for sightseeing in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, from the Bikan Historical Quarter to the area around Kurashiki Station, as the “Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Area.
- Traditional Confectionery with Strong Local Roots
- Sweets loved by local residents
- Souvenirs using local fruits and seafood
- Western-style confections with a touch of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
- Souvenirs from nearby areas available in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter area
We have selected them in these categories.
We hope you will find them useful in selecting souvenirs!
Murasuzume” is often mentioned as a representative of Kurashiki’s famous sweets.
It is one of the most popular Kurashiki souvenirs.
Murasuzume is said to have been first sold in the early Meiji period by Kikkodo, which still exists today.
In the past, it was customary in the Kurashiki area to wear woven hats in the summer and perform a dance to pray for a good harvest.
The sight of sparrows flocking around the rice plants reminded people of sparrows, so they called it “murasuzume” (meaning “flocking sparrows”).
The name “murasuzume” comes from the fact that it looks like this woven hat.
Murasuzume is a dough made by mixing flour and eggs, stretching it into a thin layer, baking it, filling it with sweet bean paste, folding it in half and wrapping it.
The dough is characterized by numerous holes in the surface caused by air bubbles.
Today, many companies in and outside of Kurashiki City make murasuzume.
Murasuzume is sold at several souvenir shops in the Bikan Historical Quarter, so it is easy to pick one up.
Kibidango is a famous specialty of Okayama.
Kibidango is a standard souvenir of Okayama Prefecture, but originally, Kibidango is a famous confection of Okayama City.
This is because Okayama City is home to the Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto Shrine, which enshrines Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, the model for Momotaro, and the legend of the battle between Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura, the model for ogres.
Nowadays, it is sold in various places in Okayama Prefecture, and many shops in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area also sell it.
However, since Kibidango is a famous confectionery of Okayama City, people in Kurashiki are said to be reluctant to buy it as a souvenir.
In fact, Kurashiki is also associated with kibidango.
The Koigui Shrine and the Tatetsuki Isseki Ruins, located in the Yabe and Nippata areas in the northeastern suburbs of Kurashiki City, appear in folklore as one of the sites of the battle between Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura.
Kibidango also have a good basis as a Kurashiki souvenir.
Kibidango are made by more companies than murasuzume, and quite a few companies sell their products in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area alone.
In addition, since Okayama Prefecture is known as the fruit kingdom and fruit farming is flourishing, there are also fruit-flavored varieties, such as white peach and muscatel flavors.
Kajiya’s biscuits in a can, white wall package
Kajitani’s canned biscuits in a white wall package are sold at a store called “Biscuit” located by the Kurashiki River in the Bikan Historical Quarter.
Biscuit is directly managed by a candy manufacturer called Kajitani Foods, located on the outskirts of Kurashiki City.
Many of Kajitani’s sweets are sold there.
Kajitani’s Biscuits in a Can, White Wall Package is an assortment of three of Kajitani’s long-selling biscuits, “Cigar Fries,” “Congari Crunchy,” and “Butter Crackers,” packaged as a Kurashiki souvenir.
Cigar Fries in particular have long been a popular snack in Okayama Prefecture.
Cigar Fries are long, thin biscuits in the shape of a stick.
Congari Crunchy is a bite-sized disc-shaped cookie, and Butter Cracker is a bite-sized oval-shaped cookie.
- Biscuit (Kurashiki riverside, Bikan Historical Quarter)
Ohara Museum of Art Original Cookies
The Ohara Museum of Art is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bikan Historic Quarter.
Located on the Kurashiki River, the museum’s huge Western-style building is an eye-catcher.
The museum’s collection includes works by local artist Torajiro Kojima and El Greco’s The Annunciation.
The Ohara Museum of Art sells original souvenirs, and original cookies are one of them.
The cookies are packaged in a book-shaped box with a number of famous paintings on it, making it easy to tell that you have been to the Ohara Museum of Art.
The cookies come in two flavors, honey and café au lait, and each box contains 8 cookies.
- Ohara Museum of Art Museum Shop (Kurashiki River side, Bikan Historical Area)
Heisuiken Ginjoshu Cake
Heisuiken is a subsidiary of Morita Sake Brewery, a sake brewery that has been operating in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area since the Meiji era.
Heisuiken’s “Ginjo-shu Cake” is a pound cake made with Morita Brewery’s signature brand of ginjo-shu, “Mannen Yuki” (Mannen Snow).
The dough is infused with sake, so you can smell the delicious aroma of sake even before you eat it.
The sake soaks into the dough, making it very moist.
Morita sake is a staple of Kurashiki residents and has long been loved by the locals.
Sweets made with this sake would make a perfect Kurashiki souvenir.
- Heisuiken (Honmachi-dori, Bikan Historical Quarter)
Nakayoshi is made by Tachibanakado, known as the originator of Kurashiki’s famous Murasuzume candy.
It is a bite-sized dried candy.
It is made of Wasanbon sugar produced in Shikoku and shaped like a dimple.
The beautiful and fashionable packaging is also a feature of this product.
They are also used as elegant souvenirs by local people.
- Tachibana Kodo Main Store, Bikan Historical Area Store
About Souvenir Shops in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area
There are several souvenir shops in the Kurashiki Bikan historic district.
You may be wondering where to buy them.
In the end, it does not matter where you buy them, but I will introduce some of the places I have seen that I thought were good.
Ivy Square is well stocked with souvenirs.
If you want to buy souvenirs in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area, there is a well-stocked souvenir shop in Ivy Square.
There is a hotel in Ivy Square, which was upscale and suited the landscape.
It is a relaxing place.
Souvenir shops are everywhere.
In addition to Ivy Square, there are many souvenir shops in the Bikan Historical Quarter.
There is no need to look for a specific souvenir shop; you can easily find one as you walk around.
There are no major differences in the souvenirs sold at each shop, and many are standard items such as “kibidango” and “murasuzume”.
Kyoeido, famous for its kibidango, also had two shops in the Bikan Historical Area.
Various kinds of “Kibidango” and “Chofu” can also be purchased here.
The main store in Hiroeido also has a cafe where you can take a break.