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Ehime

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Imabari

Imabari

Near the port in Imabari is a huge, beautifully made ship’s propeller displayed as sculpture. It looks like a giant flower. In front of it are the words “Zo-sen no machi, Imabari” or “Shipbuilding town, Imabari”. This is the theme of the city, and even in the swanky Ima..

Tobe

Tobe

To most Japanese people, Tobe calls to mind Tobe-yaki, a type of ceramic known throughout Japan. People tend to imagine it as a picturesque, arty sort of town, visibly full of potter’s ateliers, known as kama meaning ‘kiln’. Actually, your first impression may be of a nondescript..

Saijo

Saijo

The city of Saijo sits on a plain facing the Seto Inland Sea, with the imposing Mt. Ishizuchi behind it. Saijo is sandwiched between Imabari and Niihama along the coast of the Inland Sea. Like it’s neighbor Imabari, Saijo is basically an industrial city that has experienced hollowing out rec..

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

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..

Accommodation at Seapa Makoto Onsen

Accommodation at Seapa Makoto Onsen

Seapa Makoto onsen and restaurant is located next to picturesque Kashima port overlooking the island of Kashima, a big blob of mountain just off the coast in the Seto Inland Sea. The onsen sits on the seawall just above the beach at Hojo, offering a ..

Spa Ryokan Dougoya

Spa Ryokan Dougoya

Spa Ryokan Dougoya is a budget guesthouse but with classic ryokan styling located in Dogo, Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku. It is located close to the station, as well as to the Shopping Arcade and Dogo Onsen! The traditional Japanese house is bui..

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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..

Taga Fertility Shrine & Sex Museum

Taga Fertility Shrine & Sex Museum

The sex museum next to the Taga fertility shrine in Uwajima is one of the weirdest places on Shikoku, if not Japan. Over the years the shrine has become more of a preface to the visual overload of the adjoining sex museum. The sh..

Tsubaki Matsuri

Tsubaki Matsuri

The Tsubaki Matsuri is a popular annual festival unique to Matsuyama. The atmosphere is electric, vivacious, and merry, especially when beer starts flowing and the mikoshi (portable shrine) processions are happening. It is held every year on Setsubun..

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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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