Spots in Ehime Area

  • Imabari Castle
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    4.0
    313 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Torichou 3-1-3 Imabari castle management office
    Imabari Castle was built in 1602 by Takatora Todo, a military commander who did well in the famous Battle of Sekigahara and consequently controlled a large territory in the province of Iyo. The castle sitting on the coast is unique in Japan with its seawater moat and entrance for ships. Most of the buildings were destroyed after the Meiji Restoration with only the inner moat and the stone wall of the castle remaining, but the castle tower and the iron gates were reconstructed after 1980 restoring the castle to its former glory. Inside the castle itself visitors will find many important artifacts on display including armor worn by the feudal lords and pictures and writings, etc.

    We visited Imabari castle after visiting many other iconic historical buildings. If you are looking for genuine history , this is not the place. If however , you are looking at insights into how such...

  • Oyamazumi Shrine
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    4.5
    244 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachoumiyaura 3327
    Oyamazumi Shrine is the head shrine overseeing the nationwide Yamazumi Shrine and Mishima Shrine dedicated to the god, Oyamatsumi. The shrine is located in Mishima Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. Since ancient times the shrine has been used as a place of worship for the gods of the mountains, sea and war. It has been visited by naval commanders, Japan’s first Prime Minister, Hirobumi Ito, Isoroku Yamamoto of the former Imperial Navy, as well as leaders from the Maritime Self Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard. As well as the sacred camphor tree said to be 2,600 years old in the grounds of the shrine, visitors can also see a group of ancient trees, the oldest in Japan and designated as a National Natural Treasure. The main shrine building, worship hall and Hokyoin pagoda have been designated as national important cultural properties. There are also many important cultural properties including some national treasures stored and on display in the treasure hall.

    I was struck with awe to find such a solemn shrine on a small island in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea. It has 3 museums and 2 of them have kept a lot of historical materials including swords and...

  • Ishite-ji Temple
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    4.0
    282 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ishite 2-9-21
    Located in the Ishite district of Matsuyama City, the Ishite-ji Temple is a Buzan sect Shingon Buddhist temple. The temple’s formal name is Kumano-san Kokuzo-in; it is the 51st temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Ishite-ji Temple is famous for its association with Emon Saburo, a renowned early pilgrim who according to legend was reborn so that he could help restore the temple. The temple was first built in 728 by Ochino Tamazumi, the lord of Iyo Province. Initially, it was a Hosso school Buddhist temple, named the Anyo-ji Temple. However, following a visit by the monk Kukai in 813, it was transformed into a Shingon Buddhist temple. Besides the Niomon gate (a designated National Treasure), the Ishite-ji Temple also has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do (main hall) and a three-storey pagoda.

    I came in from the east side and came across lots of stone statues. It’s a bit of a mess in that end with cardboard boxes and everything looking a bit ill-kept. Lots of caves and strong smell of...

  • Dogo-Kan hot spring ryokan hotel
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    4.5
    208 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougotakouchou 7-26
    Dogo-Kan is a famous hot spring ryokan hotel designed by the architect Kurokawa Kisho. Situated on a small plateau in the hot springs district, it has a fine view over Matsuyama Castle. The main bath area has a comprehensive range of facilities, including water cascades, reclining baths, open-air baths, saunas, etc.; day visitors are welcome. The decor of the hotel interior is based on Edo-period street scenes, and is very impressive.

    It was my first time travel to Dogo, although I visited Japan more than 30 times. I reserved a non-smoking room at Dogokan for 3 days in Nov, 2019. On the evening of the second day, I smelt...

  • Bansuisou
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    4.0
    256 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ichibanchou 3-3-7
    Bansuisou located in the southern foothills of Shiroyama around Matsuyama Castle in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture is an European-style residence with an authentic French design built in 1922 as a second house for Sadakoto Hisamatsu Earl, a descendant of a former landlord in Matsuyama Province. The marvelous building employed a design of the French renaissance style with a Mansard roof and a continuous arching balcony, and was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 2011. It was used as a gorgeous socializing place where celebrities from every walk of life gathered and royal family members who visited the prefecture stopped over. At present, it holds events and exhibitions as Ehime Prefectural Art Museum Annex.

    The villa is a very handsome building, located just below Matsuyama castle and very close to one of the main streets through town. English signage is minimal inside, but entrance is only ¥300 and the...

  • Dogo Park
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogo Park
    This park in Dogokoen, Matsuyama City was developed around the Yuzuki Castle Ruins, a national historic site. The park, which is surrounded by the castle’s outer moat, retains archeological features such as earthwork fortifications and allotment of land. It also features recreations of samurai houses and a history museum that exhibits artifacts unearthed during archeological surveys, among other items. Many people also visit the park in the spring to see its famous cherry blossoms.

    It is close to Dogo station, just a short walking distance. It is not a big park but a nice park to walk around and take some pictures.

  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Kamiharamachi 240
    This prefectural zoo, located within the Ehime Prefectural Sports Complex in Tobe Town, Iyo County, Ehime Prefecture, has the largest site area of any zoo in Western Japan. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views without the hindrance of cages and fences due to the use of natural features around the site. Visitors can see about 180 species and 1,000 animals in the zoo including Peace, the first successfully hand-reared polar bear in Japan, African elephants, and some clever chimpanzees. The zoo also holds events throughout the year including the Night Zoo, where visitors can observe the animals at night.

    I visited this small/medium sized zoo with a friend. It was off season on a weekday. So we almost had the zoo for ourselves. There is a good variety of animals from all around the world. The zoo is...

  • Ozu Castle
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 903
    This is a castle which is said to have been constructed at the end of the Kamakura period by Utsunomiya Toyofusa who entered the domain as a protector. Thereafter, the castle was restored by the castle fortification expert, Todo Takatora, and the castle town was prosperous as the center of politics and economy of the Iyo Ozu feudal clan. Due to deterioration, the castle keep was demolished in 1888, but thereafter it was restored in 2004. It is a wooden keep reconstruction which was faithfully reproduced based on historical facts. Four turrets such as the kitchen turret and the southern corner turret have been designated as an Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    Arriving at JR Iyo-Ozu Station after spending some 6-hrs walking around nearby Uchiko, I was weary, behind schedule and it had now started a persistent drizzle. Not facing a 30-minute walk given the...

  • OKUDOGO ICHIYU NO MORI
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    3.5
    221 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Suemachi 267
    Come enjoy the renowned free flowing natural hot-spring of Okudogo Onsen which is said to be great for the skin. It's an alkaline simple sulfur hot spring that makes the skin soft to the touch and is said to help with nerve pain, muscle soreness, recovering from exhaustion, and chronic women's diseases. Some of the appeal is the multitude of plans such as the Family Plan, perfect for those with children looking for peace of mind, or the Luxury Plan, which lets you enjoy a stay one rank higher than the best. From one of the best large open-air baths in west Japan you'll get an amazing 360-degree view of beautiful mountain scenery.

    Youve found the right hotel, everything screams at you 1970s and while you might say thats not a bad thing in this case it pretty much is. 1st off the modern thing they call wifi only gets a...

  • Uchiko-za Kabuki Theatre
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    4.5
    114 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2102
    This is a two-story theatre building with a gabled and tiled roof which was built in 1916, and its wooden architectural structure is representative of Aichi Prefecture. It was temporarily remodelled into a cinema, and there were also plans to demolish the building due to its deterioration, but in 1985 due to the zeal of the townspeople, the building was restored to its original condition at the time of being initially constructed. Public performances are done making best use of such things as “hanamichi” (stage–passages), “mawari-butai” (revolving stage), “masu-seki” (box seats) and Japanese musical accompaniment behind black bamboo screen. Again it is also possible to participate in a tour of the interior of the theatre when there are no events being held.

    We spent a night in Uchiko and bought the pass to the main three attractions. This old theatre was beautifully restored. The guide used his iPad to translate basic information. Worth a trip!

  • Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-no-Yu
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 19-22
    A hot spring bathhouse in Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama City. This day-trip bathhouse was built for the opening of the 1953 National Athletic Meet. Come relax in baths fed by hot spring cisterns from a free-flowing spring that can't be had anywhere but Dogo Onsen.

    This is a very satisfactory bath though not up to the level of the honkan. In any other place, this would be a premium bath. However, do note that you must bring or buy soap and shampoo (towels are...

  • Garyu Sanso (Mountain Villa)
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    4.5
    123 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 411-2
    This is a mountain villa of 9,930 square meters which commands a view of the picturesque landscape around the Hiji River, the “Garyu depths”, the villa was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 2016. This is the villa which the wealthy merchant, Kouchi Torajiro constructed during the Meiji period to spend his final years; the Sukiya-zukuri style (Japanese traditional architectural style) of the building and the traditional Japanese landscape garden are wonderful. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery at your ease with green tea at “Furoan”. This site gained one star from “Michelin Green Guide Japan” in 2011, attracting attention.

    Loved the quietness and history of this old Japanese home and garden. Lovely walk around the house and garden. Staff were very helpful with imparting their knowledge and keen to answer questions.

  • Matsuyama Castle Ninomaru Historical Garden
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    3.5
    133 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi 5
    A historic garden which sits at the base of Matsuyama Castle, one of the Japan's Top 100 Castles? in the center of Matsuyama. Built on the site of the residence of Gamo Tadatomo, the second lord of the Iyo-Matsuyama Domain, the omotegoten palace remains are now covered in flowers while the former noble private quarters are covered in ponds and lawn that show the former room layout. Also excavated on the site, whose size is nearly 1.6 hectares, is Japan's largest ancient water well. Recognized in 2013 as a Couple's Holy Land, nearly 500 pre-wedding photo shoots are staged here annually. There are also three pavilions on the grounds, the Katsuyama-tei, Juraku-tei, and Kanko-tei, that are used for cultural events including tea ceremonies and haiku poetry gatherings.

    To get to the castle you first have a ride in a cable car or chairlift up the mountain. There is still a rather energetic up hill walk required to access the castle itself. Having made it up to the...

  • Imabari City Murakami Pirate Museum
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Imabari-shi Miyakubocho Miyakubo 1285
    This museum, located in Miyakubo Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, preserves and displays artifacts related to Noshima Murakami, one of the Murakami pirates who was called “Daimyo of the seas” and who controlled Setouchi during the Sengoku, or warring states, period. The museum displays important artifacts and related works on the Noshima Murakami clan, as well as old documents, reconstructed models, and pieces unearthed during excavations. The restored Japanese armor and battle surcoat (a sleeveless campaign jacket worn over armor), said to have been actually worn, are must-see exhibits. The observation room with views overlooking the ruins of Noshima Castle, and the area where visitors can try on for themselves some armor and garments are also popular.

    I was on a tour so didnt plan on stopping here but is was so interesting. The artifacts of the museum was okay but the story and history of these pirates made the stop worthwhile. Especially if...

  • Dogo Haikara Dori
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    4.0
    113 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 15-23
    "An L-shaped shopping arcade which connects Dogo Onsen Station on the Iyotetsu Jonan Line and the Dogo Onsen Honkan. Having flourished as a temple market from the Meiji period, visitors can take in the ""Meiji romance"" atmosphere the arcade still exudes. The arcade is filled with establishments offering up the charms of Dogo Onsen, such as Shirasagido, a shop famous for its bocchan dango sweet dumplings; and the Dogo Bakushukan beer hall, where you can enjoy local Ehime alcoholic beverages. The arcade is dedicated to the concept of warm and welcoming hospitality, and there are around 60 shops here ready and waiting to give a friendly welcome to customers. The bustling arcade was also selected in 2017 as one of HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 due to their contribution to the revitalization and development of local communities through supporting the lives of local residents."

    I think this is quite normal around Japan, nothing special, except shops selling towel I think and some locally made ceramics. Other than that, I do not find anything special here but some how to...

  • Roadside Station Minato Oasis Uwajima Kisaiya Plaza
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Bentenchou 1-318-16
    This rest stop is located in Benten Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture, and serves as a base for sightseeing and exchange that showcases the appeal of Uwajima. The shops on-site feature well-known sweets such as oban and tomanju as well as marine products from the Seto Inland Sea, locally produced rice and sake, and many other specialty items. You’ll also find Royce-brand chocolate from Hokkaido and items from other sister cities. The food court offers local specialties such as Uwajima sea bream rice and Uwajima satsuma rice, which features a combination of fried fish and barley soup over rice.

    As mentioned by the previous reviewer, its rare to see one in the city. We noticed also that its frequented by locals, so it must be good here. Theres an information counter, a local produce shop...

  • Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougokouen 1-30
    Located roughly five minutes’ walk from Dogo Onsen Station, the Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum has on display manuscripts and works by Masaoka Shiki, a leading writer of haiku poetry who was born in Matsuyama, as well as letters exchanged with Natsume Soseki and other major literary figures with whom he was friendly. The Museum provides detailed displays on the history of Dogo and Matsuyama, on the times in which Masaoka Shiki lived, and on his friendships and acquaintances. Special events are held on an occasional basis, and the Museum also functions as a community center for the local community.

    There is a 21 description audio guide for 100 yen in English as everything is in Japanese. It doesn’t cover everything but gives you a less detailed look at the exhibits. 25,000 poems and only lived...

  • Birthplace of the Akiyama Brothers
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Kachimachi 2-3-6
    This museum is located in Kachi-machi 2-Chome, Matsuyama City. The building is a recreation of the birthplace of the Akiyama brothers Yoshifuru and Saneyuki, whose military exploits were famously depicted in Shiba Ryotaro’s historical novel “Saka no Ue no Kumo.” The museum exhibits a variety of materials related to the brothers. Bronze statues of the brothers have also been erected on the grounds.
  • Minetopia Besshi
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    3.5
    108 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Niihama Tatsukawacho 707-3
    This theme park located in Tatsukawa-cho, Niihama City was built around the Besshi copper mine, which was once counted amongst Japan’s Three Biggest Copper Mines. It offers hands-on experiences such as gold panning and also features a hot spring bathhouse and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy learning about the history of copper mining from a number of industrial heritages that have been registered as cultural assets are preserved in the park. The park also has a restaurant, a barbecuing facility, and even a shop specializing in nagashi-somen (thin wheat noodles served in flowing cold water).

    This onsen has been recently renovated and it has dramatically improved. It is only 500 yen if you bring your own towel, soap, etc. The balance between indoor and outdoor hot springs is perfect, you...

  • Shikoku Matsuyama Dogo Onsen hotel
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    4.5
    53 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 1-33
    The Shikoku Matsuyama Dogo Onsen hotel is a long-established hot springs hotel located approximately three minutes’ walk from Dogo Onsen Station (on the Iyotetsu Jonan Line tram line). The hotel traces its origins back to a hot springs inn that was opened during the Kan’ei era (1624–1644), and which was famous for being patronized by leading literary figures connected with Matsuyama. Day visitors are welcome to use the hot springs facilities. The cypress-wood bath, where bathers can relax while enjoying the marvelous scent of Hinoki (cypress wood), and the two granite bathtubs (made using the Iyo region’s famous Oshima granite) are open to male bathers at certain times of day and female bathers at other times. Saunas and open-air baths are also available.

    We stayed here for a night and had a set Japanese dinner. I had high expectations of what a top quality Japanese restaurant would be like. Unfortunately while it was nicely presented with very...

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Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country’s oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.

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