Uchiko's name became synonymous with high quality white wax production in the late 19th century. At that time, wealthy local merchants built new homes or added to their own, resulting in beautiful streets lined with large, stylish Meiji Period houses. The Yokaichi district has since been restored to preserve these buildings.

Yokaichi (s, Yōkaichi) is comprised of about 90 buildings along a single street. Two of these buildings are open to the public as museums, the largest and most impressive of which is the Kamihaga Residence. A combination ticket for Kamihaga Residence, the Uchiko-za kabuki theater and the Uchiko History Museum is sold for 900 yen from any of those locations.

Kamihaga Residence

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30
Admission: 500 yen

Machiya Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 16:30
Admission: Free

Honhaga Residence

No Admission

Omura Residence

No Admission

Koshoji Temple

Hours: 8:30 to 17:00
Admission: Free

Getting there and around

Uchiko's Old Town is located about one kilometer or a 15 minute walk from JR Uchiko Station. The preserved section of the town is about 600 meters long and consists of about 90 historical houses.

How to get to and around Uchiko