If you like art and historic places, then you must visit Kurashiki.
Kurashiki-shi is a historic city located in western Okayama Prefecture. The main attraction is the Bikan historical area, where you can find traditional japanese houses and art museums, such as Ohara Museum of Art, where you can find paitings by Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, etc.
You also need to look for Kurashiki Ivy-Square. In there, you will find a store full of candles. It`s amazing all the types and shapes they make! It`s great for gifts!
Apart from the art and history in Kurashiki, this place is also great for shopping. Near the station (at the back entrance) you will find Ario shopping mall. And if you walk through the mall, you will get to a big outlet with great prices, especially during the summer sale (last week of June and middle of July). There are many international brands, including Adidas, Nike, Lacoste, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.
So, plan shopping trips to Kurashiki and enjoy great discounts. Just be careful, you can end up buying something too big to return home.