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Uchiko Tour from Matsuyama by Kaz


Ehime
7:30 hours
up to 7 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Uchiko used to prosper thanks to the production of Japanese vegetable wax until the days of the Taisho period (1912-1926).The Yokaichi and Gokoku Quarter is now the Historic District Preservation Zone.On both sides of approx. 600 street, about 100 houses are traditional residences. Visitors to Uchiko from noisy cities will find themselves remembering with nostalgia how all of Japan used to be.

Itinerary

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  • Kosho-ji Temple
  • The Yokaichi & Gokoku Historic Preservation Zone (where you walk therough the zone, exploring the shops along the way)
  • Shimo-haga Residence
  • Museum of Commerce & Domestic Life
  • Uchiko-za Theater
  • Uchiko Fresh Park of Karari (where you have lunch)
  • Tenjin Japanese Paper Factory ( wher you are expected to make paper yourself )
  • IKazaki Kite Museum

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What to Expect

Uchiko is a small town located 40km southwest of Matsuyama, the prefectural capital. It used to prosper thanks to Japanese wax production. Visting this small town makes you understand how old Japan used to be. There are many traditional residences built in old days, still inhabited, and preserved as it were. People liviing there will welcome you.

Along the street in the Historic District Preservation Zone, there are many shops, which are unique and interesting to get in. Exploring such attractive shops must be fun.

This town has been also well-known for producing high quality Japanese paper. You can challenge to make paper yourself and bring your-own-made product back to your home as a token of good memory here.

Kite flying is a traditional Japanese activity. Here in Uchiko also, to be more exact, in Ikazaki, people are fond of showing off their handmade, favorite kites by flying them in the sky. Through the kites, you can get a glimpse into an aspect of Japanese culture.

Most of Uchiko is covered with forests. There is a world famous figure born in this town, who are Oe Kenzaburo, the Nobel Prize Winner in Literature in 1994. He was born in Uchiko in 1935 and the prize motivation is that he is the man who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.

Anyway, Uchiko is a good place. You surely will feel as if time were passing slowly here. Visting this town makes you reflect on your past and give you a chance to think of the future in your life.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At JR Matsuyama Station
Ending Point At JR Matsuyama Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
guide travel expenses ( train expenses both from JR Matsuyama to JR Uchiko and from JR Uchiko to JR Matsuyama)
guide's lunch bill

What‘s not included

travel expenses ( If you have Japan Rail Pass, there is no extra expenses for you. But if you haven't, train expenses both from JR Matsuyama to JR Uchiko and from JR Uchiko to JR Matsuyama. )

taxi fare in Uchiko
from JR Uchiko Station to Kosho-ji Temple : 700 yen / car
from Uchiko-za Theater to Fresh Park of Karari : 800 yen /car
from Fresh Park of Karari to Tenjin Japanese Paper Factory : 900 yen/ car
from Japanese Paper Factory to IKazaki Kite Museum : 600 yen /car
from Ikazaki Kite museum to JR Uchiko Station : 600 yen /car

entance fee and others ( a guide can pass free )
Kamihaga Residence : 500 yen / adult (250 yen /child)
Museum of Commerce & Domestic Life : 200 yen / adult ( 100 yen /child)
Uchiko-za Theater : 400 yen / adult (200 yen /child)
Tenjin Japanese Paper Factory : ( if you want to make paper here ) 500 yen /person
Ikazaki Kite Museum : 300 yen / adult ( 150 yen /child )

lunch bill

Important

I can guide you at other areas in Shikoku, if you would burden my travel expenses. The expenses are, for example, 8,000 yen at Kochi.

Gathering time is set at 9:00 in the morning at the JR Matsuyama Station. You should be punctual. If you have Japan Rail Pass, you don't have to pay an extra charge to travel to Uchiko. But there is a procedure in the station for you to do.

The taxi car holds up to 4 passengers Including me, a guide. So when you are 3 members, all of us can get in a car. But when you are 4 to 7 members, you should need another car and have to take 2 cars in total.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Simon Simon Canada ( Family )
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7 months ago

“ Historical View of Matsuyama ”

We had a great guided tour given by Kaz in Matsuyama. He had a challenge of making the tour interesting for teenagers all the way up to a 79 year old!.. He met the challenge with great enthusiasm, and as a result we saw parts of Matsuyama that we would not have seen on our own, I believe not even some locals know what we experienced. Thanks Kaz!

Kaz:

Thank you for your message to me, Simon. I also had a good time with you and your family members. What you were interested in led to us to a local sake brewer, which began its operation 1bout 120 years ago, and to a cozy garden of the most prestigios inn hotel in Matsuyama with a history of about 400 years. These are the spots they don't visit in a usual tour. As you said, among local people there are few who are so aware of these as you are. I hope you will come to Japan again some day in the future. Finally, please send my regards to your family. Thank you very much again, Simon !

Bob Bob Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Matsuyama & surrounds ”

Kaz was very helpful, reliable, well informed and responsive. A pleasure to have as a personal guide in unknown territory.

Kaz:

Thank you very much, Bob. I think you could stay in Ehime at a good time becuase it was just around the autumn festival day in Matsuyama. I hope you will visit Shikoku again in the future.

Chelsea Chelsea United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Kochi Castle, Buddhist temple, beach ”

We had an awesome time with Kaz. We were able to see quite a lot and Kaz was very informative about the places we visited. Highly recommend!

Kaz:

Thank you very much for your message, Chelsea. The tour was not a long one,a half-day tour, but I think you could experience good places in Kochi. Now a big typhoon is attacking Japan. It is lucky for you that you could avoid it. The T-shirt your mother gave me at the pier suits very well. Please send my best regards to her. I would like to say again, thank you very much for having a good time with me.

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