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Kurashiki is an historic town to the west of Okayama[?], in Okayama prefecture in Japan. It sits on the Takahashi River[?], on the coast of the Inland Sea[?].

Kurashiki is famous within Japan for a number of reasons:

  • Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts;

  • the ancient merchant quarter, called the Bikan historical area. This area of the city is surrounded by almost unique examples of 17th century wooden warehouses painted white with traditional black tiles, and sits on a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. The area is extraordinarily picturesque, and is a popular tourist destination. The city's town hall is located in Kurashiki Kan, an impressive European style building constructed in 1917.

A Tivoli theme park was built in 1998, based on the theme park of the same name in Copenhagen, and is popular with local Japanese.

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