About the Kurabo Memorial Hall

Kurabo was founded in Kurashiki in 1888 and has grown and developed alongside the city for more than 130 years. Kurabo Memorial Hall is where this history comes alive. The building housing the Memorial Hall is the raw cotton warehouse used at the time of Kurabo’s founding, which makes it a historical resource in and of itself, preserving the face of the past to show to people today. Inside, visitors will find valuable documents, photographs, videos, models, and more, which tell the history of opportunities and challenges that have brought Kurabo to where it is today.

Kurashiki during the Meiji era (late 19th century)
Kurabo Memorial Hall at the time of its establishment

The raw cotton warehouse building, built when Kurabo was founded, has been turned into a museum.

Originally an educational facility for employees, it was later opened to the general public in response to strong demand from the local community.

The building, which has also been designated a cultural property, serves as a historical resource showing a bygone era.

Raw cotton warehouse building structure

The raw cotton warehouse building structure has thick floorboards to withstand the heavy weight of raw cotton, as well as crosspieces to protect the raw cotton from coming into contact with the condensation on the walls.

Recognition

The historical and cultural importance of the Kurabo Memorial Hall has been recognized by the Japanese government on three occasions.

Registered Tangible Cultural Property

1998: Designated a valuable national cultural resource by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Heritage of Industrial Modernization

2007: Designated a heritage resource contributing to regional revitalization
by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Japan Heritage

2017: Designated a cultural resource regarding textile industry development in Kurashiki,
which was named a Japan Heritage
by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Important exhibits showing the changing eras

Meiji era (1888–1912)

Kurabo steadily replaced the spinning machines prevalent at the time of its founding with better machinery imported from the U.K. as part of a trend towards large-scale mechanization and streamlining.

Taisho era (1912–1926)

Kurabo’s second president, Magosaburo Ohara was an advocate of labor idealism who established housing for workers, a hospital, and other facilities. He also established an art museum and a research institute dedicated to the improvement of working conditions.

Showa era (1926–1945)

This was an era of great difficulties, with wartime damage reducing the number of operational factories by half. At the same time, however, Kurabo made a major push to promote arts and culture, and there was greater interaction and exchange with artists.

Showa–Reiwa era (1945 onward)

Kurabo continues to diversify into chemical products, electronics, and other business, while maintaining textiles as its central focus. It has also been quick to take its business overseas.

Around 500 valuable machines, documents, photographs, videos, models, and more are on display.

Floor Guide

The Kurabo Memorial Hall comprises five exhibition rooms. Rooms No.
1 through No. 4 provide a chronological history of Kurabo and the textile industry. In Room No. 5, visitors can see a timeline of Kurabo since its founding and also access an archive of Kurabo’s in-house magazines over the past century.

Floor Guide

Facility Access Guide

Opening hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(enter by 4:45 p.m.)

Closures

Open year-round (Closed during renovations and repairs)

Admission
  • • Individuals—General: 300 yen / Students: 250 yen
  • • Groups—General: 250 yen / Students: 200 yen

• Pre-elementary school—Free

• Visitors who have booked accommodation at Kurashiki Ivy Square will receive free passes to the Memorial Hall.

• Admission is free to people who have been issued a disability certificate.
(Disability certificates must be presented.)

• Groups must be at least 30 people.

Address

7-1 Honmachi, Kurashiki, Okayama 710-0054, Japan
(on the Kurashiki Ivy Square premises)

Access

By train
15 min. walk from JR Kurashiki Station
to Kurashiki Ivy Square

By car
15 min. ride from the Kurashiki Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway
15 min. ride from the Hayashima Interchange on the Seto-Chuo Expressway

Parking

Please use the Kurashiki Ivy Square parking area(paid parking).

Inquiries

Kurashiki Ivy Square (Kurashiki Memorial Hall management company) TEL:+81-86-422-0011

Nearby Points of Interest

In the vicinity of the Kurabo Memorial Hall are many facilities that Magosaburo Ohara, Kurabo’s second president, founded to give back to the local community.
By all means pay them a visit.

Kurashiki Ivy Square

Ohara Museum of Art

Ohara House Katalyzer

Kurashiki Central Hospital

Okayama University
Institute of Plant Science and Resources

Biography of Magosaburo Ohara