Kurashiki City / Takahashi River Basin Region (Information on Sightseeing / Local Specialties)

Kurashiki City

Kurashiki City is a core city with a population of 480,000 people located in the southern part of Okayama Prefecture in the Chugoku Region that faces the Seto Inland Sea. In the Edo period it was a merchant town, in the Meiji period it was a textile industry town, and recently it has developed into a region for heavy industry along the Seto Inland Sea. The city has grown on the rich bounty brought about by its warm climate and the Takahashi River and Seto Inland Sea, and also has thriving agricultural and fishing industries. It features plenty of charms that differ depending on the region, such as the Kurashiki Area, with the Bikan Historical Area featuring rows of white-walled buildings and willow trees. There is also the Mizushima Area, which is one of Japan’s foremost industrial areas, the Kojima Area in which beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea extends out from Setonaikai National Park, the Tamashima Area where nostalgia-inducing townscapes from its glory-days as a port town still remain, the Funao Area, which is a massive production region for Muscat grapes and sweet peas, and the Mabi Area and its peaceful town with beautiful bamboo forests.

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Takahashi River Basin Region

On March 27, 2015, Kurashiki City concluded an agreement with nine neighboring cities and towns in the river basin region that share the benefits of the Takahashi River (Niimi City, Takahashi City, Soja City, Hayashima Town, Yakage Town, Ibara City, Asakuchi City, Satosho Town, and Kasaoka City) to form a metropolitan region extending over a broad area (a consolidated core city metropolitan region). This region has considered the Takahashi River to be a “predestined common possession” for the entire community joined by the river since more than 60 years ago. As such, initiatives have been promoted to deepen the mutual understanding of the people living there and foster a sense of solidarity. The total area of this metropolitan region which extends north to south is approximately 2,500 km2. The region features varying climates and topographical features, as well as a diverse array of industries and tourist attractions.
The Seven Cities and Three Towns of the Takahashi River Basin Region
Niimi City
Takahashi City
Soja City
Hayashima Town
Kurashiki City
Yakage Town
Ibara City
Asakuchi City
Satosho Town
Kasaoka City