Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

This is another off the bitten track destination in Japan that I wanted to share with you.

The city of Kurashiki is located in the Okayama prefecture, in the south of Japan. It was the first town in Japan to have a museum showcasing western art .

Its architecture is very characteristic when compared to other areas. White stone buildings decorated with white tiles and dark roofs used as warehouses in a former life, when the town was an important distribution point for rice, the ultimate commodity in Japan.

Canals , used originally as distribution routes, populate the streets and link the various little cafes, restaurants, galleries etc, giving the town a familiar almost European feeling.

Photography by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate

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