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Top Choice Historic 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 houses and charming teahouses. The old buildings …
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. Pe…
Market in Uchiko

Uchiko Fresh Park Karari

Above the Oda River, this farmers market offers fresh, locally grown produce, prepared bentō (boxed meals), regional specialities and a restaurant serving good teishoku meals.
Cafe in Uchiko

Nanze

Nice spot out the back of the visitors centre with tons of parking. Offers interesting options including a seasonal set lunch, French toast, spaghetti and Locomoco (everyone's Hawaiian favorite!). Local products are…
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.
Museum in Uchiko

Museum of Commerce & Domestic Life

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

Restaurant Karari

This lovely spot by the walking bridge serves good teishoku meals. Try the Karari set (¥1200) and from the picture menu choose a main, served with bread or rice. Then head up to the salad bar for your fill of hearty…
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.
Cafe in Uchiko

Mother Restaurant

At the turn-off to Yōkaichi is this friendly Japanese diner that prepares a tasty two-choice lunch menu and good, strong coffee.