Tsurugi, Tokushima

10 A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars

Until the mid-1950s, this was a flourishing townscape, home to merchants wealthy from tobacco and raw silk who vied with each other to build of udatsu (short pillars). The udatsu here are unusual compared to others in Japan in that they are two-tiered, with the first half lower than the second, and feature incredible plasterwork of pine trees, hawks, turtles, and more. There are guided town tours as well as Orimotoya, an exemplary building that has retained the appearance of its old udatsu since the Edo Period, which was rebuilt during the early Meiji era as a merchant house for a sake brewer, and is now used as a place for relaxation as well.

A Townscape of Two-Tiered Udatsu Pillars

View Spot

Historic town of Two-Storied Udatsu

Historic town of Two-Storied Udatsu


Access map to View Spot
  • Approx. 10 min. by car from Mima IC
  • Approx. 10 min. walk from JR Sadamitsu Station
  • Approx. 1 hr. by car from Tokushima Awaodori Airport
  • Approx. 1 hr. 15 min. by car from Tokushima Port


Town of Tsurugi Industrial Economy Division

Tel: 0883-62-3114
Address: Sadamitsu Azamachi, Tsurugi-cho, Mima-gun, Tokushima
Hours: 8:30-17:00
Fees: Free of charge
Closed: Open year-round
Parking: 59 spaces (free of charge) Use Former Nagai Residence, Orimotoya, Tsurugi Town Hall, Tsurugi Town Employment Improvement Center parking lots

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