Udatsu Historical District

Udatsu Historicai District

During the Edo period, the production of indigo promoted by the domain government grew to become one of Awa province’s top industries. The town of wakimachi, which benefited from water transportation on the Yoshino River, flourished as a central hub for indigo. The extravagant merchant house in this town were built with stylish fire-prevention walls called udatsu. A historical neighborhood with udatsu decorated with family crests and other ornamentation as well as ornate roof tiles remains in the town today, and it is a sight worth seeing .Why not come and let a volunteer tour guide take you for a walk around the town that put up its udatsu?

55 Wakimachi, Oaza, wakimachi, Mima City
TEL:0883-53-8599(Mima tourism Association)


The Udatsu are the wing walls (protruding walls) on both sides of the second floor.
They were built to prevent the spread of fires.
They are fire-prevention walls.


Most of the house have Onigawara(tiles with ogres'faces).
They are the guardian spirits of houses.

Tour Guides for Walking the Udatsu Historical District

A volunteer toureguide who knows all about the town can take about one hour to show you the histoy and buildings of the historical district. Appointments are required.
English guides are also available.

Fee  : 500(JPY) / 1 person
Time : 1 Houre

Yoshida Family Residence

This was the house of Naobe Yoshida, Who founded an indigo business in 1792. The shop was called Sanao, and Yoshida was one of the wealthiest merchants in wakimachi. The estate consisits of five buildings, including the main house, storehouse for pawned goods, and indigo storehouse surrounding a courtyard, built on a property about half an acre in size during the mid- to-late Edo period. Today, it is open to the public as a municipal designated cultuarl property, and visitors can see boh the spectacular architectural style and the liestyle of an indigo merchant from long ago.

Fee :  Adult  510(JPY)
          Dwarf 250(JPY)

Time : AM9:00~PM5:00(Final entry PM4:30)

53 Wakimachi, Oaza, Wakimachi, Mima City
Indigo - dyeing

Visitors can try their hand at handkerchief indigo-dyeing with dye made using natural indigo.

Medium handkerchiefs 1,220(JPY)
Large handkerchefs 1,520(JPY)
Stall 5,090(JPY)
Please make a reservation by phone

45-1 Wakimachi, Oaza, Wakimachi, Mima City

Jananese umbrella - making

The process of applying washi paper to a framed Japanese umbrella takes about an hour. It takes another hour after that to finish it.

Lamp shade 3,500(JPY)~
mini Japanese Umbrella 5,000(JPY)~
Japanese umbrella 15,000(JPY)~

92 Wakimachi, Oaza, Wakimachi, Mima City

Wakimachi Theater Odeon

This theater was constructed in 1934 as a full-fledged playhouse with a revolving stage, theater basement, and a modern Western-style exterior, and it grew in popularity through kabuki and rokyoku performances. After the war, it became an entertainment hall for popular music performances and movie screenings, but the decline of the film industry and the age-related deterioration of the building let to its closure. The use of the building as a location for Niji wo Tsukamu Otoko by director Yoji Yamada let to renovations in 1999, and today, it is used not only for theatrical performances and film screenings, but also as a place for culture and performing arts by citizens.

Fee :  Adult 200(JPY)
Time : AM9:00~PM5:00(Final entry PM4:30) 

140-1 Nishibun, Inoshiri, Wakimachi, Mima city