Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Uchiko

Yōkaichi Historic District

Uchiko's picturesque and protected main street has a number of interesting buildings, many of which now serve as museums, souvenir stalls, craft shops, accommodation and charming teahouses. The old buildings...

Museum in Uchiko

Museum of Commerce & Domestic Life

A few minutes' walk north along the main road from the visitors' centre is the Museum of Commerce & Domestic Life, which exhibits historical materials and wax figures portraying a typical merchant's home of...

Theatre in Uchiko

Uchiko-za

About halfway between the station and Yōkaichi is Uchiko-za, a magnificent traditional kabuki theatre. Originally constructed in 1916, the theatre was completely restored in 1985, complete with a revolving stage....

Factory in Uchiko

Ōmori Wa-rōsoku

Here at Uchiko's last remaining candle manufacturer the candles are still made by hand, according to traditional methods; you can watch the candle makers at work.

Buddhist Temple in Uchiko

Kōshō-ji

At the northern end of the historic district, you'll see signs pointing to this temple up the hill. It's just a few minutes' walk up to the giant reclining Buddha in front of the temple.

Museum in Uchiko

Japanese Wax Museum

Within the Kamihaga-tei complex toward the northern end of Yōkaichi, the Japanese Wax Museum has excellent English explanations on the wax-making process and the town's prosperous past.