Udatsu Old Street


55 Wakimachi Ōaza Wakimachi, Mima-shi, Tokushima-ken 779-3610
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About this sight

An old and traditional street located in Mima City, taking a stroll down Udatsu Old Street feels like taking a step back in time. One distinct aspect of this old street and the reason for the name “Udatsu Old Street” is from the clay and bamboo “udatsu” or structures that were created in order to prevent fires from neighboring houses that were made of wood. The larger the “udatsu”, the wealthier the resident due to the high expense of making them.

Lined with stores, museums, satellite office spaces and country homes, Udatsu Old Street is a must if venturing out to the Nishi Awa area. Some of these buildings date back 300 years, from when this old street was the bustling hub for the indigo dyeing trade in Japan. There is also an awesome tour of the Yoshida family residence for 500 yen, where you can experience how a very wealthy merchant family used to live.