Where to stay in Kurashiki
While Kurashiki offers many different types of accommodation, we think that the traditional atmosphere of this city deserves to be reflected in your choice of stay. Here are two different options for different wallets that both come highly recommended.
If you want to splurge while staying in Kurashiki, this upscale Ryokan, located in the middle of the Bikan Historical Quarter is your best bet. Once a storehouse or “kura”, the building has been tastefully renovated in a style that maintains the beauty of the original structure, yet makes it a very comfortable place to stay.
Ryokan Kurashiki offers five different guest rooms, all with a slightly different style and character. The largest one can accommodate up to six guests, with some of the rooms offering traditional futon, while others offering regular king size beds.
All rooms also have private ensuite bathrooms, some with bathtubs made of wood, from which you can enjoy the view of the ryokan’s tasteful garden. There’s a small restaurant and café inside the ryokan, which is open also for non-staying guests. Prices start at 33,000 yen per person a night.
If the prices at Ryokan Kurashiki are outside of your range, the guesthouse Yuurin-an might be a better option. This guesthouse is also located in the middle of the Bikan Historical Quarter, in a traditional Japanese wooden house, dating back roughly more than 100 years.
They have four rooms ranging in size from six to eight tatami mats. All are traditional Japanese tatami rooms, and the guests are expected to take care of folding and unfolding of their futon by themselves. Solo travelers are expected to share the room with other guests, but the rooms can also be rented privately if more than two people are travelling together. The biggest room can at most accommodate six people.
The bathroom and toilets are shared among the guests. On the bottom floor, there’s also a café and lounge space where guests can mingle with each other as well as with the friendly staff, mostly consisting of younger Japanese people. During the day, the café is open to the public.
Prices start at 3,780 yen per person per night, with discounts available for guests staying for two nights or longer.