(VR Image) Transporting you back in time to the old romantic town with rich history – Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area -
This is the place where you should visit. A scenic spot in Japan, that you will experience with 360-degree images.
This is the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area, which was prosperous when it was under direct control of the Shogunate government during the Edo period. The area is beautiful with traditional Japanese architectures such as storehouses with white and namako walls, and streets lined with willow trees. At night-time, the whole area is illuminated, that creates fantastic ambience, different from that of the daytime. We will take you through the illuminated historic town with the 360-degree video. You can enjoy the scenery as if you were actually there.
After starting the VR video, the first scene you see is the view from the Imabashi bridge that is located at the most upstream of all bridges crossing over the Kurashiki canal. You can enjoy the illuminated beautiful town with willow trees lined along both sides of the Kurashiki canal. Street lights and willow trees reflected on the canal water create a more romantic atmosphere. It is also a recommended place where you go on a date with your partner. This scenic illumination in the Bikan Historic Area was developed under the direction of Ms. Mikiko Ishii, a world-famous lighting designer, who also created the illuminations at Tokyo Tower and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge by designing. Illuminators are arranged to be out of sight as much as possible.
The fantastically illuminated art museum looks like an ancient Greek temple!?
By scrolling the view from the Imabashi Bridge to the right, an ancient Greek temple style building will appear. It is beautifully illuminated. This is the Ohara Museum of Art, which was established in 1930 by a Kurashiki businessman, Magosaburo Ohara. In the evening twilight, the building looks mysterious in some way. You can enjoy the different look of the museum from that of the daytime.
Now you turn your attention to the Imabashi Bridge. Dragons are engraved on the surface of both sides of the railings. Ohara carried out the construction to replace the bridge prior to a visit by the Emperor Showa to Kurashiki in 1926. Dragon is the zodiac sign of Ohara. The top of the stone pillars are decorated with chrysanthemum, which is the emblem of the Japanese imperial family. You can observe these detailed designs without visiting the site. The VR images enable you to have the real pleasure of the travelling as if you were actually there. The bridge was designed by Torajiro Kojima, who was intimate with Ohara.
Alley lined with nostalgic namako walls
38 seconds after the video is on, the image is switched to a townscape in which storehouses with namako walls line both sides of an alley. “Namako walls”, which are seen throughout the Bikan Historical Area, are exterior walls of storehouses and others with a special finishing touch. They have high resistance to fire and water. Namako walls are in beautiful contrast with white walls. Because the cross section of the raised plaster reminded people of namako, that is a sea cucumber in English, walls are called with this name. When the storehouses are illuminated, only the white walls are illuminated. Because the roofs are black, only the white walls appear in the darkness.
We wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who suffered from damages caused by the heavy rain, which hit the western Japan in July 2018. If you are planning to visit Okayama and Hiroshima, please check the most updated information before your journey.