Uchiko Antique Street

Uchiko and Ozu in Ehime offer a trip through time to the Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), and early Showa (1926-1989) . Although these towns both existed before the Meiji period, rapid industrial growth put them on the map as culturally and socially rich landmarks. The primary industries of these towns were Japanese wax and silk. The wax, became popular in the mid-18th century, and was traded internationally. During the Meiji and Taisho periods, these industries brought the area unprecedented wealth, which was used to enrich the city with architecture and infrastructure.

Garyu Sanao

In Ozu, you can walk to the town center from the villa "Garyu Sanso", which was designed using a traditional architectural method in Japan. This area has structures form the industrial Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Eras. This small part town is composed of only twenty or so blocks of older homes and stores. The wooden, paper, bamboo, brick, and mortar structures, as well as signage seem to have been preserved from another century. It is hard to identify what era you are in. Come experience a time trip through the quiet alleys of historical Japan.


Canyoning is an activity in which participants traverse canyons by sliding down natural chutes, jumping into waterfalls and descending gorges by rope. Nametoko Gorge is located at Mt. Onigajo in the southwest of Shikoku, a scenic place along the Shimanto River. The gorge is one of the best canyoning spots in Japan, with lots of slides and smooth granite rock. There is no experience more thrilling experience than sliding down Yukiwa Falls, designated as one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan. Friendly instructors are on hand to offer advice so that even beginners can enjoy this natural adventure sport.

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