Located in northwestern Shikoku and bordering the Seto Inland Sea, Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken) is surrounded by nature - visitors can enjoy great views of the Inland Sea coast and the Seto Inland Sea National Park.
Many tourists also flock to Ehime to visit Dogo Onsen, arguably the most storied hot springs in Japan, as well as the historical Matsuyama and Uwajima castles. In fact, Ehime has five of Japan’s “Top 100 Castles,” the most of any prefecture (tied with Hyogo and Nagano).
The capital city of Matsuyama is perhaps most famous for being the scene of Natsume Soseki’s Botchan, one of Japan’s most beloved novels. As a result, many attractions in the city bear its name, such as the Botchan Train.
Each year from around late January through to early March, Ehime's Nanrakuen Garden is home to a plum festival which showcases..
Every March, Dogo Onsen is dressed up in lanterns and red pinstripes to celebrate its cultural history and provide a platform for..
The Matsuyama Spring Festival is held during the first weekend in April when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. There’s a parad..
Matsuyama and Ehime offer a variety of culinary specialties reflecting the geographic diversity of the region. The best advice is..
The people of Imabari are often said to be impatient, and this is reflected in the way they cook. Consequently, the region has produced..
Spa Ryokan Dougoya offers a ryokan-like experience in a stylish 1930s building in Dogo for travelers on a budget.