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  • Nanatsugama Limestone Caves
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    Nagasaki Pref. Saikaishi Saikaichounakaurakitagou 2541-1
    These limestone caves approximately 25 minutes by car from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station have been designated a National Natural Monument. Created by an uplift of the seabed about 30 million years ago, their age and composition are quite different from ordinary limestone caves. The caves maintain a comfortable year-round temperature of about 15 degrees Celsius, making them particularly popular in summer. They're illuminated a refreshing blue during certain periods too. You can explore parts of the cave generally not open to the public with a guide if you book in advance. A shop offers numerous original items for sale like Nanatsugama Meisui Ramune soda pop.

    I went there during last weekend with my family. The temperature inside the cave was around 14 degrees at that time. You will take around 20 minutes to scroll the cave. It's a bit slippery inside but...

  • Hirakiyama Park
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Hakatachouikata
    This spot in Ehime prefecture is famous for cherry blossoms, with over 1,000 cherry trees blooming in spring. From the lookout, you get a gorgeous view of Hakata-Oshima-ohashi Bridge and Tatara-ohashi Bridge. At night, the chochin lanterns are lit, resulting in a mysterious nighttime view. There is a 36-meter-long slide and a jungle gym within the park, making it a popular place for families.
  • Danbata (terraced fields) in Yusumizugaura
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    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Yusu
    The mountainside to the summit has been transformed into a staircase of stacked rocks creating the Yusumizugaura stepped rice fields. The beauty of the cultivated land on the slope of the mountain can only be called a masterpiece. In 2007 the area was selected as a National Important Cultural Landscape.
  • Uchinuki
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Kambai
    Fountains, known as uchinuki which feed off of Saijo City's underground water reservoir. Good quality spring water which is exposed to pressure wells up through the iron pipes that were driven into the underground reservoir. There are said to be almost 3,000 such springs throughout the city and some 90 thousand tons rush forth on a daily basis. As the water temperature rarely changes, it is used in modern times for a variety of purposes including daily activities, farming irrigation, and manufacturing. It's also famous for its drinkability and earned first place at the 1995 All-Japan Water Tasting event. Many people visit the fountains located on the western side of the Saijo-city Sogobunkakaikan Hall, the Uchinuki park on the left bank of the Kamo River, or the Kamo-jinja Shrine to try the famous water for themselves.
  • Japanese Sea Fig Tree
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    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Misaki
    This giant tree is growing near Misaki Port. The tree is 18-meters tall and 14-meters around and is estimated to be 600 years old. A key trait is its countless aerial roots. These, somewhat resembling octopus tentacles, has led to the tree sometimes being called the Octopus Tree. Being the northernmost example of the subtropical Moraceae plant family it was designated as Shikoku's first natural monument. With its overwhelming size and thick powerful roots entangled with a stone wall you can feel the power of nature. This famous tree has also appeared in television commercials.
  • Fireflies Around Midori Elementary School
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    Ehime Iyo-shi Futamicho Kaminada
    The more than 80 year-old Midori Elementary School in Kaminada, Futami-cho, Iyo City is known for being the oldest wooden school building still in service in the prefecture. Local activists have worked to conserve the local firefly population. Each year the Hotaru no Sato Futami Firefly Festival is held at the school and in the surrounding area in early June every year.
  • Firefliesof Nakayama-cho, Iyos City
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    Ehime Iyo-shi Nakayamacho
    Activists in Nakayama-cho, Iyo City work to conserve the firefly population in and around watershed of the Nakayama River, which flows through the region, as well as to conserve the river’s environment. Around June, visitors can watch the fireflies dance in the riverbed and attend the Iyo Nakayama Firefly Festival.
  • Ishidatami District, Uchiko Town
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    Ehime Kita-gun Uchikocho Ishidatami
    Local activists in the Ishitadami (stone pavement) District in Uchiko Town, Kita County have worked to preserve its townscape for around 30 years. The district retains a quintessential Japanese agricultural village landscape that includes terraced rice-fields, water wheels, and other elements. It also possesses archeological remains left behind by the region’s kakure kirishitan (Japan’s underground Christians) as well as shrines and temples such as Yuge Shrine, which was built in the Muromachi period. It also has a rich natural environment that includes virgin forests with trees that are more than 300 years old. In the spring, visitors can attend the district’s cherry blossom festival and see its more than 350-year-old weeping cherry tree, a Prefectural Natural Monument, in full bloom.
  • Odamiyama Gorge
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    Ehime Kita-gun Uchikocho
    This gorge stretches along some 10 kilometers of the Kurokawa River inside Odamiyama National Forest in Odamiyama, Uchiko Town, Kita County. It is a place of scenic beauty where visitors can enjoy a rich natural environment with virgin forests of Japanese maple and Japanese zelkova. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as forest bathing along the gorge’s promenade, fishing in the mountain streams, and camping. An especially large number of people visit during the fall foliage season to see the amazing scenery along the gorge.
  • Ajisai Road
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    Ehime Shikokuchuo Kinshacho-Tomisatocho
    This stretch of road running from the National Route 319 Houo Tunnel in Shikokuchuo City to the Besshiyama District in Niihama City is famous for its hydrangeas. Some 30,000 hydrangeas have been planted along its roughly 15-kilometer length. A park, Shimonagase Hydrangea Park, has also been built along the road. Every June it hosts the Reinan Hydrangea Viewing Festival.
  • Haiku Capital Matsuyama Haiku Post Boxes
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    Ehime Matsuyama-shi
    These haiku post boxes allow anyone to submit a haiku. The first was installed at the Matsuyama Castle Ropeway’s Chojaganaru Station in 1968 after a popular tourism haiku contest commemorating the 100th anniversary of the births of Masaoka Shiki, Natsume Soseki, and Yanagihara Kyokudo. Today there are 92 of these post boxes installed around Matsuyama City at local tourist attractions, inside streetcars, at lodging facilities in Dogo Onsen, and other locations. There are also 14 post boxes installed outside the prefecture as well as five installed overseas. Once every three months, local haiku poets select the best of all the submitted haiku. Each of the winners is presented with a collection of all the award-winning haiku.
  • Saiho-ji Temple
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    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Shimoidaimachi 969
    This temple is in Shimoidai-machi, Matsuyama city. This ancient temple built in the Asuka Period is the fourth temple on the Iyo Juni Yakushi Reijo pilgrimage. The ground's usuzumizakura cherry tree is said have been bequeathed by the emperor after a purification ritual here supposedly healed the empress of an illness, and it is now designated a Natural Monument by the city as the Saihoji Keidai Usuzumizakura.
  • Dogo Onsen Sora-no-Sanpomichi (Walk in the Sky)
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    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 5-6
    A walking path in Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama City. Located on the top of Mt. Kanmuri near the Dogo Onsen Honkan Main Building public bathhouse from this spot you can enjoy the view of the Dogo Onsen Hot Spring Town. It was remodeled in 2019 and the footbaths, gazebo, resting areas, and garden where you can enjoy seasonal flowers were improved.
  • Hojoen / Botchan Karakuri Clock
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    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 6-7 Dogo Onsen Ekimae
    This automaton clock is located at Hojoen in front of Dogo Onsen Station in Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama City. It was installed in 1994 as part of the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Dogo Onsen Honkan. Characters from Natsume Soseki’s novel Botchan make an appearance accompanied by music once per hour from 8 a. m. to 10 p. m. (every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays). Foot baths have also been installed near the clock.
  • Bujo Park
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    Ehime Saijo-shi Fukutakeko 2128
    This park is in Fukutake, Saijo city. It's a famous cherry viewing spot, and in spring 1,500 trees of about 100 different types go into bloom. The sight of cherry trees in full bloom lining the Kamo river, against the backdrop of Mt. Hachido has earned it the nickname of Shikoku's Little Arashiyama, and the area is filled with visitors to take in the sight.
  • Kannonsui Spring
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    Ehime Seiyo-shi Uwacho Akanma
    This is a natural spring in Akanma, Uwa-cho, Seiyo City. About 8,000 tons of water per day bubbles out of a limestone cavern, and many people come to draw water there. The spring has been selected as one of the Top 100Famous Water, and it maintains an average temperature of 14°C year-round. Meisuitei, a restaurant specializing in Nagashi Somen (chilled noodles served in flowing water), operates during the summer and uses water from that spring.
  • Ozu Cormorant Fishing
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    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu Nyohoji Kawahara
    This traditional fishing method is practiced in Ozu, Ozu City. Cormorant fishing on the Hiji River is counted among the three great cormorant fishing traditions of Japan along with those of the Nagara River and Mikuma River. The fishing season runs from June 1st to September 20th. The sight of cormorant fishermen using fishing fires at night on the Hiji River has become one of the features of summer in the region. It is also possible to watch the cormorant fishermen at work from the houseboats that operates on the river during the fishing season.
  • Nanreku Omoriyama Park
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    Ehime Minamiuwa-gun Ainancho Renjoji 234
    This park is located in Renjo-ji Temple, in Ainan, Minamiuwa District. It is a famous cherry blossom-viewing spot, and around 3,000 cherry trees blossom in the garden from late March to early April. There is a cherry blossom festival that is held during the flowering season, and visitors can enjoy the blossoms at night when the trees are illuminated.
  • Niraga Pass
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    Kochi Takaoka-gun Yusuharacho Iko
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachoumiyaura

Ehime Main Areas

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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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