Kurashiki City, Okayama

In Kurashiki City, there are three ports at the tip of the Kojima Peninsula overlooking the Seto Inland Sea: Shimotsui prospered as the outer port of the Okayama clan, Tamashima prospered through cultivation and shipment of cotton through large-scale reclamation, and Kojima produced and exported salt from salt fields. In Shimotsui and Tamashima, cotton cultivation was actively carried out, and so they needed herring porridge, which was a fertilizer that Kitamae-bune carried. Tamashima was a trading area for cotton and herring, and Kojima salt and cotton was loaded as return cargo in Shimotsui.

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Cultural Properties of Kurashiki City

  • Townscape Preservation District in Shimotsui

    A port town that prospered through the trading of cotton and herring by Kitamae-bune.

  • Former Ogino Family's main house / Nishin-gura warehouse (Mukashi-Shimotsui small- cargo vessel wholesaler)

    This is a house of the Ogino family who made their wealth through Kitamae-bune.
    Now, materials related to Kitamae-bune are exhibited.

  • Shimotsui-bushi

    This is a folk song representing Okayama Prefecture, which originates from the harbor town Shimotsui. It was widely spread and handed down by the boatmen of Kitamae-bune.

  • Votive goods of Gion Shrine

    Tamagaki that were donated by Kitamae-bune’s merchants. This is located on the cape overlooking Shimotsui Port.

  • Documents of Shimotsui Gion

    Documents showing the prosperity of the commercial port that served as a port of call for Kitamae-bune.

  • Former Nozaki Family House

    A house of Buzaemon Nozaki, a Kitamae-bune shipowner, who was called the king of salt farms.

  • Former Nozaki Hamatomyodai

    A lighthouse to protect the safety of Kitamae-bune entering and exiting Nozakihama.

  • Townscape Preservation District in Tamashima

    A port city that served as a base for buying and selling Bicchu cotton carried in by the water routes of Kitamae-bune and Takase boats. It prospered to the extent that it is was called the "Naniwa (now Osaka) of the West".

  • Former Yunoki Family house (Saisotei)

    The house of the Yunoki Family who was a Kitamae-bune shipowner. Documentation relating to Kitamae-bune remains, and you can read about the prosperity of the port city in its past.

  • Votive goods of Haguro Shrine

    Funa-ema and tamagaki dedicated by Kitamae-bune merchants to pray for maritime safety.