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  • Ishite-ji Temple
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    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...

  • Genkozan Meisekiji Temple
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    20 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Seiyoshi Uwachouageishi 201
    This is a Tendaijimon school temple in Uwa-cho in Seiyo City, Ehime Prefecture and is 43rd temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said to have originally been built as the great Buddhist temple at the behest of Emperor Kimmei around the 6th century in order to deify the statue of the thousand-armed kannon that came to Japan from China. Following this, it became a Shugendo mountain worship training hall but it was laid to waste and then revived by Kobo Daishi. It is also known as a temple with connections to Minamoto no Yorimoto. There are many things to see in the grounds including the Kobo Well with connections to Kobo Daishi and the Happy Kannon Statue which has a benevolent expression.

    心を落ち着けて静かに鐘を撞くと、何とも良い響きが。 力を入れすぎないのが良い音を出すコツとか。 他に夫婦杉もあり、見所が多いです。

  • Sankakuji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Kanadachousankakuji Instep 75
    This temple belongs to the Koyasan-Shingon sect and is located in KanadaTown in Shikokuchuo City, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 65th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the Buddhist priest Gyoki laid the foundations for the temple between 729 and 749. The principal image is an 11-faced Kanzeon statue, which is said to have been sculpted by Kukai when he visited the temple. He is also said to have sculpted a statue of Acala and constructed a triangular fire altar and taught the secret “kofuku (surrender) goma” ritual. The 11-faced Kanzeon statue is said to bring good luck, ward off evil, pregnancy, and provide safe childbirth, and many couples visit to pray to be blessed with a child. The temple grounds are also known as a famous viewing spot for wild cherry blossoms.

    88か所の中で、ここだけポツンと愛媛と香川の間にあります。 車で行くのに、伊予から高速を使いインター降りてから、結構、山を上ります。 途中、山なのに民家が多く不思議な雰囲気を感じました。

  • Iwayaji Temple
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    37 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Nanatori 1468
    This temple belongs to the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in KumakogenTown in Kamiukena County, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 45th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The hall erected to look like it is embedded in a large rock is one of the striking features of this sacred mountain site. It is said that in 815, a female deity gifted the mountains to Kukai, where he proceeded to sculpt stone and wooden statues of Acala. The wooden statue is enshrined in the main hall as the principal image. The stone statue is enshrined in a cave as a statue rarely shown to the public and is said to be the principal image for the whole mountain. The temple grounds were designated a national Places of Scenic Beauty, and the Kobo Daishi hall that was rebuilt in 1920 is a National Important Cultural Property. The “seriwari-zenjo” site where Kukai is said to have meditated is also worth visiting.

    We met a bunch of cool local Japanese henro on the way out of this temple, which made our ability to navigate the forest trail far easier without speaking any Japanese. This is a beautiful Temple...

  • Maegamiji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Sunouchi Kou 1426
    This is the head temple of the Ishizuchi sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Sunouchiko in Saijo City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 64th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is located at the foot of Mt. Ishizuchi, considered one of Japan’s seven holiest mountains and a quasi-national park. En no Gyoja laid the foundations for the temple, and it was built as a complete seven-structured temple compound under orders from Emperor Kammu (781-806). The imperial family and the feudal lords of the Edo period had a deep connection, and many believers remain today. Near the summit of Mt. Ishizuchi is the Inner Maegamiji Temple, and in July, worshipers wearing white clothing ascend the mountain at the start of the mountain-climbing season.
  • Yokomineji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Komatsuchouishiduchi 2253
    This is the head temple of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Komatsu Town, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 60th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is situated halfway up the north face of Mt. Ishizuchi, famous as a sacred site and for the highly treacherous “falling pilgrim” road that must be used for access until the forest road is completed for cars to use. En no Gyoja laid the foundations in 651. Afterward, Kukai visited and established the temple after conducting the secret “hoshi” ritual. The principal images in the main hall are Dainichi-Nyorai and Zao Gongen Mishotai, which have been designated as prefectural Important Cultural Properties. Around the beginning of May, rhododendrons bloom along the face of the cliff to the side of the main hall. Note that the forest road is not accessible during winter. Large buses cannot access the road.
  • Inarizan Gokokuin Ryuko-ji Temple
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    16 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Mimachoutogari 173
    This temple of Shingon sect Omuro school in Mima Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture is the 41st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. This is the place where Kobo Daishi met the incarnation of Gokoku Daimyojin (Inari Daimyojin) in 807, created a statue in its figure, and enshrined it with the statue of the eleven-faced Avalokitesvara and the statue of Flanking Samurais, making them the guardians of Shikoku. There are always many visitors as is said that the temple brings benefits of prosperous business and success to people’s careers. Visitors can see the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism in the temple as they pass through the Torii (Shinto shrine gates) in place of Sanmn (the main gate of Buddhist temples) and are welcomed by Shinto Shrine guardian dogs. Also there are stone statues of Shinto foxes and Buddhist Jizo guardians standing side by side that also show the coexistence of the two religions. Every year on the first Sunday of March the “Inari Festival” is held.

    We walked forn Temple 42 (Butsumokuji) back to Temple 41(Ryukoji). It was a good walk through rural Shikoku with interesting scenic outlooks. Keep an eye out for the turn to the left, and another...

  • Mount Kumano Yasaka-ji Temple
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    Ehime Prefecture Matsuyama City Joruri Temple Yasaka 773
    This Shingon Sect Daigo School temple in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, is the 47th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the temple was built by the order of Emperor Monmu and was built by the founder of mountain asceticism called En no Ozuno in 701. After being restored by Kobo Daishi in 815, it prospered as a dojo (hall for training) of asceticism and kept on developing until it was perished in a fire caused by war. In the temple there are many places to see such as the “Ten thousand Amida Buddha” statues in the basement, pictures drawn on the ceiling of a picture of the Sanmon (main temple gate), the “hell and paradise” Enma hall, and the stone steps that lend you a “helping hand to the nine hardships” of life. The “passing fire training” festival held on April 29 every year is a famous event.
  • Mount Futo-zan Eifuku-ji Temple
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    22 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Tamagawachouyawata Instep 200
    This is a Koyasan Shingon Sect Temple in Tamagawa Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture and is the 57th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said to have been built between the years 810-824 by Kobo Daishi to prevent maritime accidents. It was a joint Shinto and Buddhist temple until the Prohibition Order of Buddhism in the Meiji period, and is now still settled on the summit of Mt. Futo as Iyo-no-Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine. There is a Jizo statue to make your wishes come true and a wooden cart that a dog once pulled for a boy with a bad leg to worship at the temple.

    遍路のなかでもかなりこじまりとしている印象ですが、納経所横の講堂も独特のデザインで現代的に感じられます。ぼくは坊さんの著者の白川密成さんが住職なのでいろいろチャレンジするお寺なのかなと思います。

  • Taisan-ji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Taisanjichou 1730
    This is a temple of the Shingon sect Chizan School in Taisanji Town, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, and the 52nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the hall was built overnight by Manonochoja in 586. The main hall, designated as a National Treasure is the third and was constructed in 1305, and this temple is the largest of the Shingon Esoteric Buddhist sect. A Buddhist idol enshrined by the priest Gyoki and seven statues of eleven-faced Avalokitesvara are designated as Important Cultural Properties. There is a custom of making an offering of rice Shamoji spoons to the Shotokutaishi-do to have academic achievement.
  • Sugazan Enmyoji Temple
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Wakemachi 1-182
    Sugazan Enmyoji located in Waki Town, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture is a temple of the Shingon sect Chizan school and the 53rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that Gyoki carved the principal image of Amida Nyorai and the two side statues establishing the temple in 749, and Kobo daishi restored it later. The treasures of the temple are the oldest copper amulet in Shikoku’s sacred pilgrimage sites, which Dr. Starr, an American, found on a Shikoku pilgrimage. A Christian stone monument on the left of Daishi hall and a dragon-shaped carving on an upper-left lintel in the main hall made by Jingoro Hidari are particular must-sees.

    こちらの本堂の中には、一説には、あの名工、左甚五郎作とも言われています。長さ4m以上もの立派な龍の彫り物が安置されています。今にも動き出しそうな、躍動感あふれる」龍です。是非、見逃さず見ていただきたい作品です。

  • The 54th pilgrim stamp office Chikamizan Hoshoin Enmeiji Temple
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    22 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Agata A 636
    Chikamizan Hoshoin Enmeiji in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture is a temple of the Shingon sect Buzan school and the 54th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that Gyoki carved a statue of Fudomyo as the principal image and built an edifice to open the temple. Kobo daishi reestablished it as a major religious and academic school later. It initially stood on top of Mt. Chikami but after going through several fires, it has moved to the current location. In the precinct, there is a temple gate which was a castle gate at Imabari Castle and was relocated. There are also a grave for Magobei Ochi, a village headman who saved farmers struggling with poverty, and the second oldest milestone of Shinnen boshi in Shikoku. From around the spring equinox to mid-April, the Japanese Andromeda beautifully blooms. *There is no access from the lane next to Kuwana Bowl and Sanuki Lease. *There is a signboard near Jitensha Kaikan on Prefectural Highway No.38 so follow the instruction on the board.

    奈良時代に行基が、不動明王を刻み、今治市の西北にあります、近見山の頂上に七堂伽藍を建立したのが始まりとされます、由緒あるお寺です。

  • Sareizan Senkoin Senyuji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Tamagawachoubessho A 483
    Sareizan Senkoji Senyuji located near the peak of Sareizan in Tamagawa Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture is a temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect, and the 58th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. With a good view from the precinct, the center of Imabari City spreads out beneath your eyes. It was built at the behest of Tenchi Emperor (668 to 671). The principal image of the Thousand-armed Kannon Bosatsu is said to have been carved by a daughter of the Sea-dragon King. There is also a legend that Abo sennin, a monk who maintained the Shichidogaran (seven important buildings in a temple) for over 40 years, suddenly disappeared. In the precinct, there are okajimizu where Kobo daishi treated several diseases and a gorinto to pray for the soul of Yurenshonin, a prelate in the Meiji period (1868-1912). A lodge in the precinct which has a natural hot spring is also available for tourists to stay.

    四国遍路のおりに何度も泊まらせていただいています。ここに泊まるためにわざわざ遍路の順番を飛ばして来たりするほど気にいってます。ゆっくり入れる浴場はなんと天然温泉、食事は玄米付きの本格的な精進料理なのに一泊二食付きで6千円台と安くて申し訳ないくらいです。朝6時からのお勤めでのご住職さんの法話はユニークで味があり、お聞きすると心がスッキリします。宿坊の二階からは夜景がきれいで感動します。毎月来たくなる...

  • Sugozan Daikakuin Daihoji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Sugou 1173
    Sugozan Daikakuin Daihoji located in Kumakogen Town, Kamiukena District, Ehime Prefecture is a temple for Shingon sect Buzan school, and the 44th temple which is just a half of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is well-known as a Henrokorogashi sacred site meaning that the path from the previous pilgrim stamp office called Akashiji is very tough. It has been told that a monk from Paekche (one of the ancient Korean kingdoms) enshrined the Eleven-faced Kanzenon Bosatsu at around the time of the Yamato Court (400-700) and the Monbu Emperor built a temple in 701. Misasagigongen which is said to give divine favor for brain and head diseases, and a statue of Kongorikishi which is designated as a municipal cultural property, are must-sees in the precinct. It is known as a popular place for fall foliage so many worshippers visit.

    四国八十八カ所の参拝で、この大宝寺さんが、第44番札所となりますため、これで、半分が終了することになります。なので、中札の霊場とも呼ばれています。かなり、山の中に位置しますお寺ですので、風情ある雰囲気が味わえますお寺です。

  • Heijo-zan Kanjizai-ji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Minamiuwagunainanchou Mishouhirajou 2253-1
    The Heijo-zan Kanjizai-ji is a temple belonging to the Daikaku-ji school of Shingon Buddhism, located in Ainan Town, Minamiuwa County, Ehime Prefecture. It is the 40th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; because it is the furthest of the 88 temples from the starting point of the Pilgrimage, it is colloquially known as the “Rear Gateway of the Shikoku Temples.” The Kanjizai-ji Temple was founded in 807 by Kobo Daishi on the orders of Emperor Heizei. According to tradition, the statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) flanked by two warrior attendants which is the main object of veneration in the Temple was carved by Kobo Daishi from a single sacred tree. The Temple’s amulets—which are made by printing the words “Namu Amida Butsu” (“Homage to the Amida Buddha”) onto cotton cloth—are believed to have miraculous powers to ward off evil, ensure smooth childbirth, and assist with recovery from disease. The path leading up to the Temple is lined with statues of the “Eight Buddha Protectors of the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs.”
  • Mikkyo-zan Kichijo-ji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Himi Otsu 1048
    The Mikkyo-zan Kichijo-ji Temple is the 63rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the only temple in Shikoku that has a statue of Bishamonten (one of the Four Heavenly Kings) as the main object of veneration. According to tradition, this dates back to when Kobo Daishi came across a shining Japanese Cypress tree, from which he carved a statue of Bishamonten, before going on to carve Bishamonten’s two attendants—Kisshoten and Zennishi-doji. The entire temple complex was burnt to the ground during Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s invasion of Shikoku in 1585; the Kichijo-ji Temple was rebuilt on a new site in the Edo period. Within the Temple precincts there is a large stone with a hole in it called the Jojuishi (“Stone of Achievement”); it is said that if a visitor inserts their pilgrim’s staff into the hole and makes a wish, the wish will come true.

    四国八十八カ所霊場の中で、唯一、毘沙門天が御本尊になっていますお寺です。なので、門柱には-四国唯一体毘沙門天王鎮座-と刻まれ建てられています。

  • Sendan-san Koonj-ji Temple
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    28 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Komatsuchouminamigawa Instep 19
    The Sendan-san Koon-ji Temple is the 61st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku to pray for the recovery of Emperor Yomei from illness at the end of the 6th century, making it one of the most ancient temples in the 88-temple Pilgrimage. Subsequently, when Kobo Daishi was visiting the temple, he met a woman in front of the temple gate who was suffering from a difficult pregnancy; Kobo Daishi burnt sandalwood incense and prayed for a smooth childbirth, and the woman was able to give birth safely; this incident is said to be the origin of the name Endan-san (“Sandalwood Mountain”). Since then, the Koon-ji Temple has been famous as a temple where people go to pray for a smooth childbirth; there is a statue of Koyasu Daishi (a famous monk who is believed to help women in childbirth) just to the right of the Daisei Hall which attracts may worshippers.

    こちらの第2駐車場には、四国八十八か所の霊場会を脱退してしまいました、第62番札所宝寿寺さんの代わりに、礼拝所が、設置されています。基本、バスツアーなどで行きますと、こちらが、現在の第62番札所として、参拝されます。しかし、仮設ハウスに仮設置された御本尊を、お参りするのは、いかがなものでしょうね。悩ましい感じになります。

  • Kinrinzan Taizanji Temple
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Koizumi 1-9-18
    This temple is 56th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. A long time ago the Soja River took the lives of many people when it flooded during the rainy season each year. It is said that Kobo Daishi visited and made an embankment. When he conducted training for esoteric Buddhist rites, the Enmei Jizo Bodhisattva appeared to him and told him that there had been no prayers for flood control. He made a statue of the bodhisattva and made it the principal object of worship, creating a sacred place. There is a stone tower in the grounds with a wheel called the Jizo Wheel; it is said that if you turn the wheel, your bond to the endless circle of transmigration in the six posthumous worlds will be severed.

    泰山寺さんには、弘法大師様が、お手植えをされてと言う、由緒あります忘れずの松、不忘松があります。お手植えされました元々の松は、枯れてしまっていまして切り株しか残っていませんが、その子株が、見事に育っていまして立派になっています。その逞しさも手伝って、御利益をいただくためにも、一見の価値があります。

  • Bekku-san Nankobo
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    38 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Bekkuchou 3-1
    Located around seven minutes’ walk from Imabari Station, Bekku-san Nankobo is the 55th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Temple’s full name is Komyo-ji Kongo-in Nankobo; it is the only temple on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage route that has the character “bo” (meaning a priest’s or monk’s residence) as part of its name. The Temple was established as a Buddhist temple associated with the Oyamazumi Shinto Shrine, at which worshippers pray for the safety of people traveling by sea. The tranquil atmosphere of the Temple precincts makes it popular with both tourists and locals as a place to come and relax. The Kotohira-gu Hall and the Daishi Hall with its pyramidal roof, both of which escaped damage during bombing raids in the Second World War, are particularly worth seeing. The Temple also has calligraphic works and a bamboo hat that belonged to Kawamura Kizan (the first calligrapher to receive the Japan Art Academy Award) which were given to the Temple as offerings.

    四大天の山門を抜けて参拝。本尊が大通智勝如来。境内はなんとなく生活感があるけどほっとする雰囲気でした。納経所も味のある建物ですよ

  • Higashiyama Hantaji Temple
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    26 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Hataderamachi 32
    The Higashiyama Hantaji Temple can be reached by taking a 25-minute bus journey from JR Matsuyama Station to the Hantaji-guchi bus stop, and then walking for around 10 minutes. The Temple, which is located on the slopes of Mt. Awaji, is the 50th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. From the Temple precincts, situated on a small plateau, there are beautiful views of Matsuyama Castle, the Matsuyama cityscape, and the Seto Inland Sea. According to tradition, the Temple was built on the order of Emperor Koken to house a statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) that had been carved by the bodhisattva Gyoki. Ippen Shonin, the founder of the Ji-shu branch of Pure Land Buddhism, is said to have studied at the Temple as a young man. Sights that are particularly worth seeing include the small statue of Kankiten (Ganesh) donated by Tokugawa Ietsuna, which is enshrined in the Shoten-do Hall, and praying to which is said to bring success in business, as well as the paintings on the ceiling of the Kanetsuki-do bell hall.

    Found Hantaji as part of our mini-pilgrimage from temples 51 through 49. Not that easy to find as the pilgrimage winds in and out through suburban, rural, and urban environments with no sign posts...

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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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