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From the Edo period through Meiji period, Wakimachi flourished with merchants who dealt with indigo and silk cocoons. The houses are installed with distinct fire walls called Udatsu between them. This area is called Udatsu-no-Machinami (Town of Udatsu Walls) for this characteristic. From mid-Edo period through the early Showa period, 85 historical buildings were constructed, and the townscape remains the same as that time. You will feel as if you have traveled back to this era. There are many cafes and gift shops in a rather small area, so you can enjoy the whole town in a short time.
- Minamimachi, Wakimachi, Mima-shi, Tokushima
- Contact No.
- 7-min car ride from Anabuki Station on JR Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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Beautiful When Lit Up
After sunset, a gentle orange glow from lamps illuminate the town. The magical and romantic atmosphere is different from the chic impression of that during the day. The lamps are placed 80 cm high and at 15 m intervals.
Michi-no-eki - Ai-Land Udatsu
The Michi-no-eki is a shop that is a base for sightseeing in Wakimachi. It is located next to a park that is a recreation of an old wharf. There is a specialty store of the area on the first floor and a cafe on the second floor.
Wakimachi Sensuikyo is a bridge that is located near Wakimachi Udatsuno Machi. The bridge is only 1-2 meters over the river, and it submerges when the river rises. It creates a unique and nostalgic atmosphere. The bridge is also known for a beautiful sunset viewing spot.
This theater has been cherished by the locals for a long time. After closing in 1995, the theater drew people's attention because it was used as a set in the movie "Niji o Tsukamu Otoko (The Man Who Caught a Rainbow)" directed by Yoji Yamada. After being famous, it was open to the public, and the retro ambiance draws many visitors (Admission: 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students).