Uchiko-za (内子座) is a fully operational kabuki theater in the center of town, and a distinguishing feature and point of pride of Uchiko. The beautiful, multi-story building was built in 1916 and continues to occasionally host various events, including kabuki and bunraku performances.
Visitors can enter Uchiko-za and explore the many trap doors and hidden passageways around the stage. Kabuki stages are known for their elaborate design, allowing for sudden disappearances, dramatic entrances and the like. At Uchiko-za, visitors have the opportunity to examine the mechanics of such stage choreography.
Uchiko-za is located a 5-10 minute walk from JR Uchiko Station.