Kurashiki (倉敷) used to be an old merchant town and its canal is still beautifully preserved to this day. Perfect for a day trip, the tourist spots are all within walkable distance from Kurashiki train station. There’s a tourist information counter just nearby the station where you can get a map of this little city in Okayama and even ask the staff to draw you a nice walking route to enjoy all the main sights. The staff are also more than happy to recommend you restaurants that serve the famous local delicacies.
Ivy Square is a complex of buildings covered in ivy. I went in early spring so the ivy were still wilted but that itself is also another sight to behold. You can find museums as well as restaurant here.
The candle-making experience offered by this darling candle shop inside Ivy Square is something fun and memorable to rejuvenate your creativity juice. The themes are always changing according to the season and occasion.
If you are craving for a slow, relaxing trip, Kurashiki might just do the trick for you. Enjoy~