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Dusk in the Kurashiki Bikan Quarter

Exploring Okayama's most beautiful historic district

The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, located in Okayama Prefecture, is perfect for experiencing the Japan of old. Centuries ago this was a merchant quarter which used the central canal for delivering goods. Today many modern shops still line the narrow canal, yet the air of old Japan has been preserved at great effort. With no visible electrical lines and well kept grounds and buildings, it's easy to see why it's such a popular tourist spot. Yet as the sun goes down, you will often find the area nearly empty, making it a perfect place to explore with a camera or just relax.

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