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asia Hip & Traditional Japan JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION Kurashiki offers a glimpse into Japan's past. Japan is filled with history, as much as it's an innovator in modern culture, so here are our top city picks for exploring this unique destination. michelle marie arean kurashiki Why We Chose It: Filled with ancient tradition, history, culture, and impressive architecture, Kurashiki, located in southern Okayama Prefecture, is an idyllic stop while traveling through Japan. In the historical area of Bikan Chiku, visitors can board one of two small boats that traverse the Kurashiki-gawa River to take in views of the city's riverbanks-this gondola-like boat ride is called "Kurashiki Kawabune Nagashi." Only a short walk from the river, visitors can stroll Kurashiki's streets to view its traditional, colorful buildings that have been remodeled and now house cafes, inns, and bars. The Ohara Museum of Art, located in the Bikan Chiku area, houses modern and contemporary pieces by Western and Japanese artists. Why We Wouldn't Leave: It feels like you've been transported back in time to the era between the 1600s and 1800s-all thanks to the city's architecture and intricate canal system. The small wooden buildings that capture traditional Japan are definitely a sight to behold. The Hotel(s): Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel is located about a 3-minute walk from the Bikan Chiku district. The property features fine dining restaurants such as Hachikengura, which 88 january 2015 88-91 AS Japan.indd 88 was a storehouse during the Edo period; and Kurashiki, which specializes in Japanese fare. Guestroom amenities include a deep-soaking tub in a marble bathroom and a glass-enclosed shower. Rates start at $192 per night for a single room, and $268 per night for a twin room. We're There: When traveling from Tokyo to Kurashiki by air, travel time is about an hour (give or take 15 minutes) from Haneda Airport to Okayama Airport, and 30 minutes from the airport to the Okayama Station by bus. For those traveling by rail, it's a 3.5-hour trip to Okayama Station via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. sapporo Why We Chose It: It's a city with a beer named after it, so of course it piqued our interest-add its trendy underground shopping mall and its famous snow festival, and you've got a must-visit destination. Sapporo is the largest city on Hokkaido, and its Odori Park, located in the city-center, is filled with beer gardens in the summer and is host to the snow festival in the winter where snow sculptures and ice statues are on display. 12/18/14 9:58 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2015

Editor’s Notes
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Tour Talk Journeys by CH
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Hip & Traditional Japan
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