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  • The Towel Museum
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    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
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    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...

  • Uwajima City Date Museum
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    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
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    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.
  • Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life
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    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...

  • Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum
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    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.
  • Club Bibros
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Sambanchou 2-10-10 Sky Tower Building 7F
    This is the oldest club on the island of Shikoku and the only one to have maintained its popularity for the ten years since it first opened. Among the attractions are regularly scheduled events featuring DJs, dancers, and artists in every musical genre. Patrons can enjoy a wide range of music, including hip hop, techno, disco, and reggae.
  • Oto-doke
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Sambanchou 2-chome 10-9 3rd Clean Building 3F
    The owner and staff built this club themselves, and the simple but elegant wood interior creates a warm, inviting atmosphere. An unusual feature of this club is that it functions as a music bar on weekdays, but on weekends it turns into a club where patrons can enjoy club music and performances by DJs. This versatility has given it cross-generational appeal.
  • Kirosan Observation Park
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Yoshiumichouminamiura 487-4
    A scenic observation park situated on top of Mt. Kiro in Yoshiumi Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. The park is one of the best view spots on the Shimanami Kaido Expressway, and offers a sweeping view of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s first three tower suspension bridge; the Kurushima Strait, one of Japan’s three most majestic rapid tides; and the city of Imabari. Another highlight of the park is that visitors can enjoy excitingly different scenery depending on the time of day—in addition to the invigorating scenery during daylight hours, there’s also the beauty of the sun setting into the sea as well as the impressive sight of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge lit up at night. The road leading to the park is steep and full of curves, so particular care needs to be taken by visitors seeking to reach it by bicycle.
  • Murakami Navy Museum
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Miyakubochoumiyakubo 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.
  • Tokoro Museum Omishima
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachourado 2362-3
    This modern art museum can be found on Omishima Island, which is located along the Shimanami Kaido Expressway in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. It opened in 2004 thanks to the contributions of businessman Atsuo Tokoro. Inside you’ll find an exhibit of approximately 30 three-dimensional works by Giacomo Manzu, known for creating the gate of St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as Noe Katz, Norichika Hayashi, and Takashi Fukai. The building is located on a plateau on the island, which affords the terrace a splendid view of the Seto Inland Sea.

    小さな個人美術館です。 斜面を活かして、構成したギャラリーを海風が通り抜けます。気候の良いときが、楽しめますね。美術館ですが、喫茶、空調はありません。

  • Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum, Imabari City
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachoumunagata 5208-2
    The Sculpture Museum in Omishima in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture exhibits 44 works of Ken Iwata, known for his works with warmth of style work and the theme of Mother and Child. The building is cylindrical made of concrete walls on the site of the schoolyard of the former Munakata elementary school. The works are placed on the lawn of the semi-outdoor space with almost no roof. Visitors can sit on a bench while feeling the sea breeze and enjoy the works leisurely. The adjacent building is a refurbished old wooden school building now used as an accommodation facility.
  • Imabari Ohmishima Art Museum
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    14 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachoumiyaura 9099-1
    This art museum is located on Omishima Island, near the middle of Shimanami Kaido Expressway. The walls of the museum are covered in washi paper, evoking a sense of relaxation. The works of modern Japanese artists—from Toshio Tabuchi to Chinami Nakajima—are on display.

    Skipped the Oyamazumi Shrine National Treasure museum for this one as the brochure showed some famous paintings, including the famous Hiroshige woodblock of people crossing a bridge in the rain...

  • Ehime Prefectual Museum of Art
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Horinouchi
    The art museum was opened in 1998 in Horinouchi, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture based on the themes of see, create, and learn. The museum is home to a collection of about 11,900 art works including the collection of the former Ehime Prefectural Art Museum, works of art from local artists and well known contemporary Japanese artists, as well as pieces of work from international artists such as Monet and Cézanne. The museum’s permanent collection changes about five to six times each year. Their temporary exhibitions on various themes are also very popular. There is also a restaurant where visitors can enjoy a meal or cup of tea with views of Matsuyama Castle.
  • Akasaka-Izumi Park
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    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Shigemitsu 135
    Akasaka-Izumi is a bubbling spring fed by underground water from the Shigenobu River. There are benches and tables in the park where visitors can enjoy the peaceful surroundings. 160 cherry trees have been planted around the park and it is full of people coming to see the cherry blossoms in the spring.
  • Ehime Prefectural Science Museum
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    38 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Nihamashi Ojouin 2133-2
    The science museum has three permanent exhibition halls (the nature hall, the science and technology hall and the industry hall) and a huge planetarium 30 meters in diameter which has featured in the Guinness Book of Records. The centerpiece of the museum is a real dinosaur robot that moves. The museum plays host to many temporary exhibitions and hands-on events making it a great place to come for the whole family.

    I loved this museum. We took our 5 year old daughter here and spent at least 4 hours exploring the 4 levels and surroundings. The building itself is a great architectural work. There are many...

  • Texport Imabari
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    51 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Higashimonchou 5-14-3
    Imabari is Japan’s leading producer of towels in terms of volume. At Texport Imabari, visitors can observe Imabari’s towel manufacturing process, try making their own towel, and so on. The headquarters also has a wide variety of Imabari-brand towel products for sale.

    We heard a lot about Imabari towels and wanted to find out why they are so special. We didn't really learn from this museum because the main display area was closed for repairs. Too bad. So we had to...

  • AEL MATSUYAMA
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Okaidou 2-5-12
    This 13-floor commercial complex is located at the entrance to the Okaido Shopping Street in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture. It was built on the site of the “Laforet Harajuku Matsuyama” store that closed in 2008. The lower floors are a commercial zone featuring the flagship boutique for the overseas brand “PARIGOT” as well as restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and more. You’ll find many new types of stores and shops that are the first of their kind in Shikoku, all aimed primarily at tasteful adults in their 30s. The third and fourth floors are wedding venues, and the fifth floor and above are hotel space.
  • Nanraku Park
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    21 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Tsushimachouchikaie A 1813
    This Japanese garden opened in 1985 in Tsushima Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture and has been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 urban gardens. Two large ponds sit at the center of the park, which features approximately 150 kinds of trees and around 200,000 specimens. The flowers that grow in the various seasons are a sight to behold. The park grounds are dotted with sights such as a farmhouse from the mid-Edo period, a teahouse near a ridge, a rest area modeled after a fisherman’s house, a teahouse in the Sukiya style, and more. There are several events as well, such as the Plum Festival in February, the Nanraku Park Outer Moat Cherry Blossom Festival from late March until April, and the Nanraku Park Moon Viewing Festival in September.

    My friend who is a bird watcher brought me here. She really enjoys the variety of birds in the garden. This is a beautiful and spacious Japanese garden. It also has a nice bridge and a small cafe...

  • Traditional Tobe-yaki Pottery Industrial Hall
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    22 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Ominami 335
    This museum in Tobe Town, Iyo County, Ehime Prefecture provides information on the history of “Tobe-yaki,” one of Japan’s traditional forms of pottery. Tobe-yaki was created in 1775 under the directive of Kato Yasutoki, the feudal lord of the Ozu Domain at the time. The museum exhibits materials on Tobe-yaki’s history, unique features, and production process. In addition to precious Tobe-yaki samples, there are exhibits on other forms of pottery as well. On the second floor you’ll find individual exhibits, group exhibits, and a variety of other planned exhibits. There’s also an area where visitors can purchase their own Tobe-yaki potteries.

    They have a good selection of local pottery. Dates back many years to the modern work. Bought some rice bowls and Japanese tea cups. Price was reasonable and quality was high. Worth a visit, the...

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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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