Nature Spots in Ehime Area

  • Shikoku Karst
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Prefecture/Kochi Prefecture
    Shikoku Karst is a scenic spot noted as being one of the three largest karsts (geological feature) in Japan. The karst stretches for about 25 kilometers east to west and sits at a height of 1,000 to 1,500 meters above sea level. The Shikoku Karst is also the source of the Shimanto River, said to be the last clear stream in Japan on account of there not being any dams on the river. The sight of the Tosa Red cows grazing on the land is both tranquil and beautiful.
  • Omishima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime prefecture Imabari city Oimachima cho
    Located in the northernmost part of Ehime prefecture, it is the largest island of the Geiyo Islands. Ooyamazumi-jinja Shrine, the symbol of the island, has been collecting faith as the god of fighting since ancient times, and many weapons designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Property have been given as offerings. It is also called “The Island of Gods” or “Island of National Treasures”, and it is full of highlights besides Ooyamazumi-jinja Shrine, such as the Omishima Art Museum and Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture.
  • Hakata-jima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Town, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
    This island is in the Shimanami Kaido Expressway, connected to Omishima Island by Omishima-ohashi Bridge, and to Oshima by the Hakata, Oshima-ohashi Bridge. The area thrives on salt production, and offers many local dishes with salt such as salt ramen noodles and salt flavored soft serve ice cream. These are popular with cyclists. In Hirakiyama Park, to the north west of the island, there are about 1,000 cherry blossoms creating a breathtaking scene in the spring. The park overlooks the beautiful view of Omishima-ohashi Bridge, Hakata-Oshima-ohashi Bridge, and Tatara-ohashi Bridge.
  • Cape Sada
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Shouno
    Located on the westernmost tip of Shikoku on Japan's narrowest peninsula. Here at the edge of the Setonaikai National Park, you'll find the Cape Sada Lighthouse, which was designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan in 2017. The peninsula extends 50 kilometers and is also called the 13-Ri Cape (Ri being an old Japanese measurement equal to approximately 4 kilometers). It is only 0.8 kilometers wide at its narrowest point. The area is overflowing with can't-miss tourist sights including the Cape Sada Melody Line driving course, from which you can have a panoramic view over the Seto Inland Sea, or view a 1,000-year-old giant camphor tree. On sunny days, you can see clearly across the Houyo Straight all the way to Kyushu from the Cape Sada Lighthouse.
  • Namegawa Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Touonshi Myouga
    This hinterlands valley is around 8 kilometers from the famous cherry-blossom viewing area, Sakura-Sanri, along National Route 11. Come experience the mysteries of nature in this valley and see the Namera, a river bed made from one large spacious rock that stretches almost a kilometer in length, as well as potholes formed by smaller stones caught in the whirlpools cutting into the larger boulders. A popular spot in the spring when the new verdant green leaves emerge and during the summer as a cool place to escape the heat. With amazing autumn colors in the fall and icicles stretching longer than two meters in the winter, there's something to enjoy here year-round. This valley with its mysterious rockface formed over countless years has certainly earned its reputation as a secluded natural power spot (spiritual place with energy vortex).
  • Shirai Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Touonshi Kawanouchi
    This famous waterfall has been repeatedly featured in short literary works and verses by great haiku poet s including Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Soseki. Located in Saragamine Mountain Range Prefectural Natural Park, this majestic waterfall cascades a distance of 96-meters. Parking facilities, an esplanade to the waterfall, and a viewing platform make it possible for anyone to visit. The Shirai Falls Festival is held every year on November 3rd, and with the nearby trees dyed in autumn splendor, mochi dumplings are tossed to the crowd while local produce is available for purchase. During the winter the entire falls freezes over, giving it the wondrous appearance of an ice sculpture.
  • Furuiwaya
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Naose
    These giant conglomerate stone spires, which towers over its surroundings and has some 20-million years of stratum, has been the nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The sight of 20-some strange spires ranging in height from 60 to 100 meters tall will take your breath away. The naked rock face has had countless holes carved into it by water erosion over the years, leading to it being named Furuiwaya. Known for beautiful autumn colors, tourists flock to the area when the trees start changing in early November to see the contrast between the vivid fall colors and the unyielding rock face.
  • Mt. Ishizuchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Saijo City, Ehime Pref.
    At 1,982 meters tall this sacred mountain, also called the roof of Shikoku, is the tallest mountain in west Japan. It stands over Saijo City and Kumakogen Town and from the highest point, Tengudake peak, you can of course see the Seto Inland Sea but also the mountains in the Chugoku and Kyushu regions. It is counted alongside Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tateyama, Mt. Hakusan, Mt. Shakagatake, Mt. Omine, and Mt. Daisen as one of Japan's Seven Holy Mountains. The area around Mt. Ishizuchi has been designated a quasi-national park and displays a different mysterious form every season. The four separate chained areas for climbing the mountain are a rarity nationwide. As there are detours it is safe even for beginners.
  • Suiha Kogen Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Kinshachouhiranoyama
    This highland in Shikokuchuo City centers around Mt. Suihamine and sits almost 890 meters above sea level. Enjoy a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view of various islands in the Seto Inland Sea and the Shikoku mountain range. Come see the amazing scenery of golden rapeseed flowers covering the land in spring or cosmos flowers from summer to early fall. This is also a popular cherry blossom viewing location as from mid-April to May the Yoshino cherry, hill cherry, and double-flowered cherry are all in full bloom. There is also a children's area with a playground, toilets, and a parking lot. Many tourists visit during the spring when the flowers bloom like a carpet.
  • Mezurudaira
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Nishidani ・ Kohara-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi Prefecture
    One of Japan's three best karsts alongside Akiyoshidai in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Hiraodai in Fukuoka Prefecture. It's located along the border to Kochi Prefecture nearly three kilometers from Jiyoshi Pass. As you leave the pass and reach the peak on this popular driving course your field of view suddenly widens and you'll find facilities such as a parking area and a camp ground. Alpine plants bloom across the flat plain during the summer and from spring to fall you'll see cattle grazing. The soft serve ice cream sold at ''Mezuruso'', marked by its peaked roof, has a reputation for being rich an addictive.
  • Godan Kogen Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Nishidani
    Also known as ''Heaven's Road'', this highland runs alongside Prefectural Route 383. You can walk here from Mezurudaira, located in the center of the Shikoku Karst. The peak, sometimes called Godan Castle, sits almost 1,456 meters above sea level. On clear days you can see Mt. Ishizuchi, Tosa Bay, and the Shikoku mountain range. The highland is well deserving its title as the foremost viewing spot of the Shikoku karst with the ''Karrenfeld'' exposed limestone rocks and a basin-like ''doline'' sinkhole. The road has been chosen as one of the top 100 roads of Japan with its beautiful scenery that makes you feel like you're amongst the beautiful blue sky and pure white clouds.
  • Mt. Kamegamori
    Travel / Tourism
    Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, Kamogawa-gun, Kochi Prefecture
    This mountain, a two-hour drive from the Iyo-Komatsu Interchange on the Matsuyama Expressway, has been selected as one of the 300 Famous Japanese Mountains. The peak sits at 1,897 meters above sea level with a plain spread across the peak. The contrast and beauty between the fir and Japanese hemlock and the sun-bleached stumps earns this area's name of Shikoku's Panorama Platform. The local road Kamegamori line, commonly called the UFO Line (Yuho Line), is a beautiful 27 kilometers driving route with Mt Ishizuchi, west Japan's tallest holy mountain, in the background. On clear days you can see as far as the Pacific Ocean and the road has been used for TV commercials. It's a popular mountain for beginner climbers and the summit can be reached in one hour from the trailhead.
  • Omogo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Wakayama
    "This gorge spreads out near the foot of Mt. Ishizuchi upstream on the Niyodo River in Kochi Prefecture where the clear blue ""Niyodo blue"" has gained attention. The river that flows there is very clear, and you can see all the way to the riverbed. There are two main promenades, the main route connecting sights such as Goshiki-gawara Riverbed, Momiji-gawara Riverbed and Torigataki Falls, and the Teppo route along the quiet Teppo River. The surrounding forest has also been selected as one of the Top 100 Forested Water by the Forestry Agency, and is also known as a nationally designated scenic spot. How it looks changes in various ways depending on the season, and it is also popular as a spot for seeing colorful leaves in the autumn."
  • Lake Kurose
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Kurose
    Located an approximately ten-minute drive from Kamogawa Bridge or approximately 30 minutes by bus from Iyo-Saijo Station on the JR Yosan Line, this multipurpose dam lake for Kurose Dam dammed up the Kamo River and was completed in 1973. There are two parks, No. 1 Park and No. 2 Park, and many people visit for picnics, hiking and bass fishing. Cherry trees are planted along the vicinity of the lake, and in the spring you can enjoy the scenery with fresh greenery and cherry blossoms reflected in the lake's surface. It has been designated as a special protected area as a destination for the endangered Baikal teal.
  • Shirasagi Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Yuyamayanagi
    This dam lake was created through the construction of the Ishitegawa Dam in 1973, and is a precious water reservoir for Matsuyama City. It is also known as Lake Shirasagi after the symbol of Dogo Onsen downstream. There are four parks in the surrounding area. Among them, Miharashi Park, which is located overlooking the entire dam, has walkways and an observation point where you can take a walk along the water. You can enjoy watching cherry blossoms and wisteria flowers in the spring, looking at insects and playing in the river in the summer, colorful leaves in the autumn, and migratory birds such as Mandarin ducks in the winter.
  • Cape Komo
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Minamiuwagunainanchou Koumo
    A cape on the Funakoshi Peninsula jutting out into the Bungo Channel on the southernmost tip of Ehime Prefecture. Consisting of a stretch of cliff more than 100-meter high, the surrounding area is lush with subtropical plants. One of the cape's charms is its diverse scenery. On clear days, visitors can see all the way to Kyushu. Around November each year, falcons visit the cape and gold chrysanthemums which grow thickly in the area come into bloom. As night approaches, the setting sun dyes everything orange. There are also historical sites such as a battery and bunkers built during WWII. Situated far from the city center, the cape is quiet and romantic and also makes a great destination to go on a date.
  • Tobe Thrust Fault
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Iyo-gun Tobecho Ominami Iwayaguchi
    This geological fault is located along National Route 379 in Iwayaguchi, Tobe Town, Iyo County. This exposed portion of the Japan Median Tectonic Line is an example of a reverse fault. This rare type of thrust fault is notable for having the older stratum move up and over the newer stratum. The fault has also been designated as a national natural monument and the entire area has been developed into Tsukiagedanso Park (Thrust Fault Park).
  • Hiburi Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Uwajima-shi Hiburishima
    This island is located in the Uwa Sea to the west of Uwajima City. In olden times, it was known as the base for Fujiwara no Sumitomo, who led pirates in the Inland Sea. The uniquely winding shapes of the inlets, the sea caves, and the rock formations make this a scenic area worth seeing. In addition to rock fishing and line fishing, the island offers a swimming beach that is open in the summer.
  • Mt. Sekizen
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ochi-gun Kamijimacho Iwagi
    This is a mountain on Iwaki Island, one of the Geiyo Islands in the western part of the Seto Inland Sea. From the mountain’s 370-meter summit, one can enjoy a view of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions. It is also known as a prime spot for viewing cherry blossoms, with about 3000 trees covering the mountainside. The sight of the blooming trees on the mountain is referred to as “the angel’s cape.”
  • Mt. Kushi
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ochi-gun Kamijimacho Yuge Hibi
    This is a 142-meter mountain on the southern part of Yuge Island, one of the Geiyo Islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Walking paths are available from the eighth station, and in addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. An additional attraction is the Mt. Kushi burial mound, built in the latter part of the Kofun Period.

Ehime 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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