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  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 5-6
    This is a public bathhouse of the historical Dogo Onsen. The three-tiered wooden building has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It sprung to fame after it was mentioned in Natsume Soseki’s novel, Botchan. The dark interior with its pillars, beams and wooden lockers oozes with antiquated charm. The Honkan has two indoor baths, the Kami no Yu and the Tama no Yu, where visitors can relax and enjoy a pleasant soak. At extra charge guests can use the resting room complete with a hired yukata and some tea and cake. The nearest station is Dogo Onsen Station.
  • Matsuyama Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi
    Matsuyama Castle is the only castle among the surviving 12 castles which now has a keep. It was selected as one of the 100 best castles of Japan in 2006. Kato Yoshiaki started the castle construction in 1602, and it is the last complete castle to have been constructed in Japan, which was completed over the longest length of time (approximately a quarter century) in Japanese architectural history. The inner citadel of the castle is located on the summit of Mt. Katsuyama at an altitude of 132 meters, while an outer citadel and a third citadel are at the base of the mountain; it is a huge castle and is counted as one of the coalition of the three largest flatland mountain castles in Japan. You can see from Mt. Ishizuchi to Iyo-nada with one sweep of the eye from the top floor of the large castle keep—that scenery is magnificent.
  • Imabari Castle
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    4.0
    277 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.

    I think the title of my review sums up our experience quite well. The castle itself is relatively small, and while it is worth a visit if you're in Imabari, it's not the kind of attraction you should...

  • Oyamazumi Shrine
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    4.5
    213 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...

  • Uwajima Castle
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    4.0
    205 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Marunouchi 1
    This castle was constructed by Todo Takatora in 1601. The outer walls of the castle are a pentagon with irregular sides when they are viewed from the sky; it is a castle where Takatora’s ingenuity can be seen everywhere (He was said to be an expert on castle fortification). The white walled castle keep is beautiful against the blue sky and the green mountains, and the castle is also called Tsurushima castle. The castle’s keep is one of 12 keeps in existence and has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    This is a small castle, compared to some of its brothers/sisters, but original, all wood. Little visited, so you have it all for yourself. After our visit we did walk in the neighbourhood and saw...

  • The Towel Museum
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Asakurakami
    This is a specialist towel museum located in Japan’s leading towel production area, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. Housed within a building reminiscent of a European castle there is also a 33,000 square meter European style garden with flowers blooming throughout the year. Inside the museum visitors will find a whole range of items on display made out of towel and cloth by the writer, painter and product designer Atsuko Matano. Visitors can also take a look around the place where towels are made and have their own unique embroidery stitched into a towel they’ve purchased. There is also a shop which sells Shikoku souvenirs with a focus on towel products.

    タオル美術館の4Fにあり、きれいな庭に面していますので、景色を見ながら一服できます。パティオ席もあります。 飲み物にはクッキーが付いて来ます。夏はかき氷が美味しいです。 カレー等の軽食もあります。お値段はリーズナブル。 中庭を眺めながらゆっくりしていると、疲れがふわっとなくなります。 館内を歩き回った後に特におススメです。

  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
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    4.5
    110 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
    83 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.

    It is up a hill by the river. This is a small reconstructed castle. Great view from the top of the surrounding areas.

  • Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Prefecture Onomichi City - Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
    There are three expressways connecting Honshu (the main island of Japan) with Shikoku (the smallest of the four main islands of Japan), and Nishiseto Expressway, also known as Shimanami Kaido, which is one of them. It connects Onomichi in Honshu with Imabari in Shikoku, and covers the west route. As you cross the islands, there are many beautiful scenic locations and tourist spots along the way including temples and historical landmarks. This is also the location of Japan’s first cycling road to cross over the strait, drawing numerous cycling tourists.
  • Taga Shrine
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Fujie 1340
    Taga Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Uwajima City. The shrine has a museum which includes a priceless collection of artifacts, documents etc. from Japan, China, Korea, India, Nepal and other Asian countries, as well as from Europe, South America, etc., relating to the role of sex in religion, and related folk customs and traditions, etc. The Taga Shrine is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from JR Uwajima Station.

    Me and my wife had a short stop in Uwajima during a train day trip through western Shikoku. It seemed intriguing to visit Taga Jinja shrine and fertility museum after Uwajima castle. It was good to...

  • Uwajima City Date Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Gotenmachi 9-14
    This museum is just a 25-minute walk from the Uwajima Station. It exhibits treasured documents of the region the Date family is associated with, as well as cultural items of Uwajima. Although the exhibit has various artifacts on display, from weapons, armor, paintings, writings, earthenware, and clothes, the exhibit of the splendid and luxurious bride's furnishings is extensive.
  • Uwajima City Bullfighting Arena
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Wareichou 496-2
    Uwajima City Bullfighting Arena is a domed stadium in which bullfighting contests are held, with bulls weighing over a ton being pitted against one another. The Arena opened in 1975. Bullfighting contests are held on January 2, the first Sunday in April, July 24 (the date of the Uwajima Ushi-oni Festival), August 14, and the fourth Sunday in October (Bullfights may also be held on other dates by special arrangement). On days when bullfighting does not take place, visitors to the Arena can watch video footage of previous contests.
  • Wabisuke restaurant (Seasonal and local delicacies)
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Ebisumachi 1-2-6
    The Wabisuke restaurant is situated around seven minutes’ walk from Uwajima Station (on the JR Yosan Line). The restaurant prides itself on serving dishes made with locally-sourced food; its outstanding local dishes make extensive use of Uwajima’s fresh seafood and mountain specialties. Wabisuke has a relaxed, casual atmosphere and a comprehensive range of dining options; patrons can eat sitting at the counter, in individual rooms, or around a hori-gotatsu heated table. The restaurant also serves lunches.

    We had a typical Japanese set meal. Appetizers, hot pot, salad, miso soup rice and tempura. The food was ok - service was great which helped the overall rating. Nothing really notable about the...

  • Garyu Sanso (Mountain Villa)
    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.
  • Uchiko-za Kabuki Theatre
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    4.5
    90 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Uchiko Za theatre is a very old Kabuki theatre that has been well-preserved, and still in use. We were there on a Sunday when the theatre was having some performances, and were allowed to visit for...

  • Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 1938
    The Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life is located in Uchiko Town. The building that houses the Museum is itself of great interest, having formerly been an apothecary’s shop that operated during the Edo and Meiji periods. Mannequins and period utensils are used to recreate the scene in the apothecary’s shop as it would have been in years gone by; the unique, highly-realistic mannequins surprise visitors by welcoming them using authentic phrases (researched with experts familiar with the period). The realistic scenes—which include the owners’ family eating together with the apprentices, the housemaid cooking a meal, and little details such as someone talking to himself as he works—are very popular with visitors. Models are used to present information about Uchiko Town’s history and way of life, famous local individuals, etc.

    Another reason to stop by in Uchiko. This gives a general history of what it was like to work in a traditional Japanese shop, and there's a remarkable attention to detail - old rooms, wax dolls that...

  • Omori Japanese Candle shop
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2214
    Omori Japanese Candle is a shop selling traditional Japanese wax candles, located in Uchiko Town, where the wax-making and Washi (traditional Japanese hand-made paper) industries flourished during the Edo and Meiji periods. A section of a wax candle made in the traditional way (which has been handed down for over 200 years) shows a ring-like pattern; with no coloring or decorative motifs, the candles have a simple beauty. These are long-lasting candles that produce little soot and don’t suffer from dripping wax. The candles have attracted a great deal of interest in other countries, and are featured on the website of the British Museum. Omori Japanese Candle is located around 15 minutes’ walk from Uchiko Station.

    Traditional Japanese candles are unique in that they are handmade and the wax comes from a plant, not paraffin. This shop lets you see them being made and you can buy them - they're not cheap, so...

  • Auberge Uchiko
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Ikazaki Otsu 485-2 (in Ryuwa Park)
    Just five minutes from the JR Uchiko Station by car, the conception of this hotel located in Uchiko Town is very modern, yet preserves the Japanese essence. The restaurant preparing delicately flavored French cuisine from local produce and the hot spring bathing, available also to day visitors, is very popular. The open-air bath that channels the spring water directly, and the indoor bath are both available for guests.
  • Ishite-ji Temple
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    4.0
    244 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.

    There are some unusual features to this temple, which is one of the 88 temples on the Shikoku pilgrimage path, in particular the tunnel that cuts through the mountain behind the main temple, ill-lit...

  • Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum
    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.

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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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