This historic town of Wakimachi dates back to the Edo Period and is renowned for udatsu, the high-winged walls that adorn the roofs of houses. Made from earth rich in clay, udatsu were originally built to prevent the spreading of fire, but soon became a symbol of the wealth and refinement of the competing merchants who once resided there. The fine udatsu houses found in Wakimachi have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, and the streets lined with these rare udatsu houses are now counted among the top 100 streets in Japan.
Address: Oaza-inoshiri, Wakimachi, Mima City
Airport: Tokushima Airport
Take the Tokushima Seibu Kotsu Bus from JR Anabuki Station and get off at Michi-no-Eki Bus Stop. From there, it is about 10 minutes on foot