Located in a small valley where the Oda River splits into three branches, the town of Uchiko is famous for its historic Kabuki theater, the Uchikoza, and its sloping street of two-story wooden buildings with whitewashed walls, tiled roofs, and broad fronts.
In 1982 the government moved to ensure the preservation of these structures, which date from the mid-19th century. Several are open to the public, and others function as craft shops and restaurants. The area is often used for location shooting of historical dramas for film and television. A quaint touch is the steam A locomotive preserved in front of the station.