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Kazahaya Fireworks Festival

Kazahaya Fireworks Festival

In the summer months, local fireworks events are held all over rural Japan. Organized by sundry Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs and Chambers of Commerce, they are typically quite spectacular, reflecting the pride of the local area, and they draw crowds in..

The Murakami Suigun Boat Race

The Murakami Suigun Boat Race

The Seto Inland Sea is a rugged environment of islands separated by channels that are roiled by strong currents when the tide changes. From the 13th to 16th centuries various suigun—feudal navies—arose and developed their unique liveliho..

Uchiko's Sasa Matsuri

Uchiko's Sasa Matsuri

August 6th to 8th may only be three days to those who visit Uchiko's Sasa Matsuri—or bamboo festival—but it's a major part of the town's calendar for months before. Businesses, schools and local officials all get together in their separate groups to..

Areas

Toon City

Toon City

Toon City, pronounced Tō-on, is a city in name only. There’s no built-up center to it at all, which may seem strange to people who are used to the conventional meanings of words. But in Japan, if enough people live in a given area, it’s called a city, even if it has none of the normal ch..

Uchiko

Uchiko

Uchiko is small town that lies to the southwest of Matsuyama. It stands at the bottom of a river valley with rice fields spread out around it. Looking at this quiet, bucolic scene today, it’s hard to imagine that the place was once an economic powerhouse with a flourishing culture producing ..

Kuma Kogen Highland

Kuma Kogen Highland

Kuma Highland—Kuma Kōgen in Japanese—is a large inhabited area at a high elevation in central Ehime bordering Kochi Prefecture. It encompasses an astonishing range of geological features, which makes it a fascinating area to visit. But be warned—once you’ve scratched the su..

Dining

Shikoku Ramen Ryoka

Shikoku Ramen Ryoka

Matsuyama isn't usually known for its ramen. If you ask the locals, they aren't really able to say what Matsuyama’s unique regional spin on the noodle dish is. Considering the relative scarcity of ramen shops, I jump at the op..

Vintage Train Car Restaurant

Vintage Train Car Restaurant

On the banks of the Isshite river sits an unexpected, vintage train car. The bikes parked outside and the cheerful, if somewhat peeling, blue and yellow paint alert the traveler that this is no accident site. Wildflowers, plant pots, and hand painted..

Mitsu's Okonomiyaki Granny

Mitsu's Okonomiyaki Granny

No more than one minute’s walk from Mitsu train station in the North-West of Matsuyama, is a tiny, rustic, no-nonsense okonomiyaki joint with a sassy obaachan chef of local renown. Featured in the Matsuyama 2016 Okonomiyaki rally, this is the r..

Places to stay

Uwajima Daiichi Hotel

Uwajima Daiichi Hotel

This business hotel is located in the vicinity of Uwajima Castle, but can be reached on foot from Uwajima Station as well. It provides everything one needs for a comfortable stay at a reasonable price. I stayed here on the seventh night of my Shikoku..

Furuiwayaso

Furuiwayaso

Shikoku Henro pilgrims looking for a place to stay near remote temples 44 and 45 won’t be presented with many options. Furuiwayaso is about the only hotel in the vicinit. It’s classified as kokumin shukusha, an inexpensive type of lodging..

Imabari Kokusai Hotel

Imabari Kokusai Hotel

Just a few blocks from the seafront castle of Imabari, the Imabari Kokusai Hotel is one of the city's better places to bed down for the night. You can't miss it - the hotel's main tower looms large on the Imabari skyline and it's a ve..

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Dogo Onsen Festival

Dogo Onsen Festival

Every March, Dogo Onsen is dressed up in lanterns and red pinstripes to celebrate its cultural history and provide a platform for the local community to get together. The onsen itself is saturated in folklore and has ties to Studio Ghibli, novelist ..

Cosplay at Matsuyama Castle

Cosplay at Matsuyama Castle

These days, outside of Harajuku, Japan’s cosplayers seem scarcer than they once were in the 1990s. It’s been suggested that this may be due to the rise of “utility” or “normcore” fashion. So these sort of gathering..

Iyo-Kasuri Folk Craft Hall

Iyo-Kasuri Folk Craft Hall

Shikoku is home to many talented craftspeople. Some of Shikoku’s most famous and enduring crafts include Awagami (Tokushima washi paper), Tobeyaki (Tobe’s distinctive blue pottery), and Iyo-Kasuri (hand-woven, blue patterned fabric). The..

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About ehime

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalMatsuyama
Population1,431,493
Area5,676.10 sq. km

Located in northwestern Shikoku and bordering the Seto Inland Sea, Ehime 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.

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