UCHIKO, Ehime Prefecture
Uchiko is a pleasant little town located within an hour’s drive or 40km away from Matsuyama in Ehime prefecture. Now a beacon of traditional rural Japan, Uchiko was once from the 1720s to 1930s a prosperous center of traditional vegetal wax and paper production. Proud of its heritage Uchiko city is bringing its best effort to maintain some of the town most iconic buildings mostly located in a 600-meter street, designated as an important preservation district by the authorities also known as the Yokaichi Old Town.
But Uchiko cannot be resume to the Yokaichi Old Town, as the city offer many other point of interest like its magnificent Za-Theater but also its thriving food, many traditional ryokan and its magical many rural attractions including some of the prefecture best terraced rice fields and other small temples.
An hour and half away by plane from Tokyo, Uchiko City, located in Ehime prefecture is a hidden gem that can only be found in Japan. While we have a lot coming up for you about Uchiko in the coming few weeks, we wanted to start this video tour of this wonderful city with […]
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Yuge Shrine is located in the mountains of Uchiko in Ehime which attracts many tourists from around the world thanks to its uniquely shaped covered wooden Taiko bridge. Built during the Muromachi era (1336-1573) the Yuge Shrine was dedicated to the Himairi-Shinko custom of villagers living in the surrounding area coming to pray everyday […]
Located in the heart of Uchiko’s historic district, Take Kobo (Take-Kōbō) is a bamboo workshop where you can find some of finest bamboo products such as bags, saucers, chairs and even bamboo made chopsticks. […]
Located in the heart of Uchiko in Ehime, Izumiya is one of those very few places where you can still enjoy the wonder of Japanese old rice terraces. Lost in the mountains, with roads barely larger than your average compact Japanese car, Izumiya is well known all over Japan […]
Built in 1916 during the Taisho period, the Uchiko Za Theater is a kabuki theater located in the center of the city of Uchiko in Ehime (Shikoku). Not maintained for many years, the city of Uchiko and many locals, decided in 1982 to restore the Za Theater and give the place a second chance. […]
Carrying the name of its founder, Mr. Miyabe, Miyabe Geta is one of the last Geta factory in the Ehime region. It all started in 1933 when Mr. Miyabe, only 13 years old at this time, became an apprentice at a local Geta factory and where he developed his […]
Being of Uchiko’s prosperous past, including many natural wax manufacturing industries, Uchiko is still home, beside its Natural Wax Museum, of the latest Natural Wax candle Specialist with the Omori Candle Shop. Belonging to the Omori family with Mr. Taro Omori (6th generation craftsman) and his son, Ryotaro Omori […]
Also known at the Kamihaga residence, the Uchiko Wax museum is the birthplace and former workshop of the Kamihaga family and their Japanese Wax empire. Unlike many other wax manufacturers around the world, the Uchiko Kamihaga family wax was in fact pure vegetal wax coming from sumac tree berries and mainly used in candles, […]
Every year, the lovely city of Uchiko in Ehime holds a unique kite festival where amateurs and schools of the Uchiko area come and show off their skills. The winner here will be the person who was able to let his kite fly as high as possible. [...]
Founded in 1441, Kosho-Ji is Uchiko City's main temple and features many interesting architectural point of interest. Its Sanmon (Main gate) built around 1754 is surrounded by cherry trees, as well as the second entrance gate (Chujyakumon) and its unique corridor connecting both the monastery and the temple […]
The Museum Work & Life of Merchants in central Uchiko (Ehime) shows exhibits from the late Edo era to the Meiji era. There is an authentic reproduction of a drugstore full of medicine and sundry items on the shelves, complete with the old signboard over the shop. In the exhibition visitors can enjoy […]