The town has been a center of business and trade for a long time. It is on a canal near Mt. Tsurugata. Kurashiki was not badly damaged during World War II. Many old storehouses, or kura, are here in their original condition. Kurashiki is a popular tourist spot.
There are several museums in the historic Bikan neighborhood of the city.
- The City Art Museum was designed by influential Japanese architect, Kenzō Tange.
- The Ohara Museum of Art shows European art and Japanese art. It features statues by Rodin, and pottery by Shōji Hamada and others. Torajiro Kojima built the original collection.
- Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall shows paintings by this artist.
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