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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


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


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


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.