The Yokaichi and Gokoku areas of Uchiko have been painstakingly preserved so that they can be enjoyed to this day. The Preservation Center details this loving yet vigilant process.
Uchiko is easily accessible from Matsuyama city and makes a perfect day trip.
Take a JR Yosan Line Uwakai Limited Express train to Uchiko from Matsuyama JR Station. The Yokaichi Gokoku Preservation Center is a 20 minute walk from Uchiko JR Station. You can also rent a bicycle from a gift shop next to the station or on weekends and holidays take the Chagamaru Retro Bus.
When Uchiko was a flourishing town of wax, paper and raw silk production in the 18th century, many beautiful residences were built in the Yokaichi Gokoku area. These have remained intact, inhabited and largely unchanged in the years since.
It is thanks to the residents and their ongoing maintenance of the area that you can view this unique historic townscape. The preservation centre details the history and origins of the conservation of this area. You can see how the buildings were originally constructed and the tools used to do so.