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Yokaichi Old Town

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Yokaichi Old Town

Yokaichi Old Town

The Yokaichi Old Town features historic buildings among a 600 meter stretch filled with personal residences and warehouses of the wealthy merchants. The Kamihaga Residence is among the 90 buildings on this one way street which is opened to the public as a unique wax museum. Besides the information about the wax industry in Uchiko, the residence itself has been maintained perfectly and visitors can still get the perspective of the family’s wealth with rooms filled with tatami mats, painted screens, and varies decorative objects. While at the Honhaga Residence, visitors can view this property of the first wax producers in the area from the outside. At the Omura Residence, travelers can experience the architectural traits from one of the oldest buildings in Uchiko, also a location that can only be viewed from afar. Another famous venue at Uchiko, which also stands as a symbol of the wealth accumulated by the wax trade, is the Uchiko-za Theater. This multi-story historic building was constructed in 1916 and still stands as a fully functional venue for both the Kabuki and Bunraku traditional performances. Be sure to check out some of the specialty candle shops in the area, at times the master will perform the art of candle making right on the spot.