Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Ehime Area

  • Botchan Train
    795 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsuyama-shi Ehime Prefecture
    Based on the steam locomotive that ran for 67 years since the opening of Iyotetsu Railway, this diesel engine train was restored in October of 2001. It is often called the “Botchan train”, as one of the characters in Natsume Soseki’s famous novel “Botchan” rode the old steam locomotives. You can board at the following stops: Dogo Onsen, Okaido, Matsuyama City Station, JR Matsuyama Station, Komachi Station.

    Using Matsuyama as a base for a 5-day visit to Shikoku, I set aside my final day for seeing the sights of Matsuyama. Armed with a 1-day tram ticket, I worked my from Matsuyama City Station across...

    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Misaki 1700-2
    A sea ferry that connects Saganoseki Port in Oita Prefecture with Misaki Port in Ehime Prefecture. This is the shortest connection between Shikoku and Kyushu at 31 kilometers wide, taking about 70 minutes to cross. It is part of National Route 197 which connects Kochi City with Oita City, but instead of using a bridge to cross the water, it has a ferry passing over the sea. The ferry makes 16 round-trip crossings every day, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Along with scenic view seats, shops, gallery seats, and group seating, there are a variety of accessible facilities including wheelchair accessible elevators (phone reservation required) and multipurpose bathrooms.

    愛媛と大分の行き来は、何パターンかありますが、このルートが最安です。 以前は良く利用していましたが、今回久しぶりに乗りました。 1時間強の行程ですが、当日は波も穏やかでのんびり船旅を楽しめました。

  • Ishizuchi Tozan Ropeway
    9 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Nishinokawa Shimotani shell 81
    This rope-way cable car leads to the peak of Mt. Ishizuchi, western Japan's tallest sacred mountain. Starting from Shimodani Station at the foot of the mountain with an elevation of 455 meters, the cable car takes an eight-minute trip up to Joju Station at a height of 1300 meters. From the cable car you can look out over nature including the vast Kamegamori forest, and from Joju Station you can also see out to the Seto Inland Sea. As the cable car ascends, a cool breeze fills the car, even during the summer season, and there's a picnic area which has the Japanese Horned Beetle Dome, where you're almost guaranteed to see a horned beetle. During the summer and fall season they offer a popular Mt. Ishizuchi Star Night Tour, showing off the nightscapes and the starry heavens where you can take an exciting stroll under the stars.


  • Sotodomari Stone-Walled Village
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Minamiuwa-gun Ainancho Sotodomari
    "This small village is located on an inlet on the western side of the Nishiumi Peninsula jutting out from the southwestern side of Ehime Prefecture. Consisting of a group of homes gathered close together on a steep slope, the village's orderly stone walls, built to protect the homes from typhoons and strong seasonal winds, has led to it being called the ""Stone-Walled Village."" The village has remained largely unchanged since the end of the Edo period and in 2007 was selected as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Japanese Historical Landscapes. The village holds a doll festival called the Dandan Hina Festival from March through April each year. During the festival, works of art and stones painted to look like traditional hina dolls in honor of the village's famous stone walls are put on display. Also during this time, the village is lit up at night, creating romantic, magical scenery."

    I checked some information in Japanese and visited this village. This village is called Ishigaki no sato, Village with stone walls. I have not got much time to take a look at many places, but the...

  • Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Gohonmatsu 82
    Try out polishing or glazing at the “Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center.” It offers a wide variety of experiences, like using the potter’s wheel, painting a pattern with pigments called “gosu”, and working the pottery by hand.


  • Mon Pearl Shinju Kaikan
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Takagushi 3-58
    Uwajima pearls stand out worldwide for color, brilliance, and condition and here you will find them available for purchase and can try your hand and making things with them as well. Uwajima, blessed with pearl farms in the deep bays of the rias coastline, is home to the best pearls in Japan. By skipping the middleman and processing all pearls in house, they can offer high-quality pearl products at wholesale prices. There is also an onsite restaurant offering traditional Uwajima cuisine made from fresh seafood straight from their aquarium. Their locally made and sold Pearl Sweet Crunch is a popular souvenir.

    I went pearl-crazy entering this store. They have really good items and the sales ladies explained differences of the pearls from Akoya pearl oyster to freshwater cultured pearls. Well, it helped a...

  • Ecofarm Uchiko
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Kita-gun Uchikocho Osehigashi 3866
    This fruit farm is located in Osehigashi, Uchiko Town, Kita County, Ehime Prefecture. The farm grows strawberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, apples, Japanese pears, and more. The farm offers fun seasonal fruit picking for a variety of fruits (reservation required), such as strawberries from December to around May. The farm also sells its fruits direct.


  • Mitsu no Watashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Mitsu 1-10-18 Tochi-Mitsu side boat landing site
    "A municipal ferry that connects the 80-meter distance between the Saishoji-mae of Mitsu Port and the Minatoyama district in the Matsuyama port area. Officially named ""City Route Takahama No.2"", this ferry is a city 'road' that runs on the sea. Its origins date back to around the time of the Onin War (around 1467-1477), in the Muromachi period, (1336-1573) when it was used for transporting goods and procuring food. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the haiku poet Kobayashi Issa is said to have boarded this boat on his way to a haiku poet gathering, and it was also featured in the movie and TV drama, ""Gambatte Ikimasshoi"". The ferry, which is open year-round and free of charge, is still used by approximately 40,000 people annually, making it an essential means of transportation for local residents."
  • Iyotetsu Takashimaya Kururin Ferris Wheel
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Minatomachi 5-1-1
    A giant Ferris wheel on the roof of the Iyotetsu Takashimaya department store located on top of the Iyo Railway's Matsuyama City Station. The Ferris wheel has a 45-meter diameter and a full rotation takes about 15 minutes. At its highest point, which includes the building below it, you'll be 106 meters above sea level, almost the same level as the peak station of the Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift. Thanks to the few tall buildings surrounding it, you'll be able to enjoy amazing panoramic views including Matsuyama Castle to the north, Botchan Stadium to the south, and the Seto Inland Sea out to the west. Two of the 32 gondola cars are See-Through Gondolas, entirely paneled with transparent windows including the floor, giving you the sensation of floating through the air.
  • Kurushima Strait Tidal Current Cruise
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Yoshiumichoumiyou 4520-2 Yoshiumi Iki Ikikan
    Take a boat tour and experience the whirlpools of Kurushima strait up close. These three straights, the Kurushima, the Naruto, and the Bakanseto (Kanmon), are said to be the world's most challenging seas with waves to traverse, with wave speeds of up to 18 kilometers per hour. This whirlpool is one of Japan's largest as well as the Naruto straight and the Kanmon straight. Along with the whirlpools you can also view the world's first ever triple suspension bridge the Kurushima Straight Bridge, and the Imabari shipyards in the bay, making this a popular tourist destination with a lot of things to see. The boat tour's operation times vary daily due to the tidal current etc., so prior inquiry is essential.
  • Nature Resort in Kumakogen
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Shimohatanokawa-otsu 488
    The entirety of this Kumakogen Town combined complex averages 800 meters above sea level leading to the nickname Town in the Sky. The expansive nearly 16-hectare grounds house a multipurpose field, campground, planetarium, and astronomical observatory. Amongst this reproduction of rural life in the midst of peaceful nature is a large training hall where up to 80 people can stay the night and can accommodate families or groups. You can enjoy trying to make actual hand pulled udon noodles or baking pizza in a stone oven.
  • Noson Kogei Taikenkan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Iyo-gun Tobecho Sozu 117
    This facility located in Sozu, Tobe Town, Iyo County offers Tobe-yaki Ware experiences. Tobe-yaki is a local style of pottery that is a specialty of the region. Three different experience programs are offered: hand building, wheel throwing (reservation required), and painting. Visitors can also purchase the works on display. There is also a 100-meter-long roller slide located just outside the facility.
  • View Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Iyo-shi Nakayamacho Nakayama 271
    This tourist farm adjacent to Roadside Station Nakayama is located along National Route 56 in Nakayama, Nakaya-cho, Iyo City. The farm grows a wide variety of strawberries including Amaotome, an original cultivar of Ehime. From February to the end of May, the farm offers strawberry picking (reservation required). A greenhouse with wide aisles and elevated planters allows guests to easily pick strawberries on rainy days and while using a wheelchair or baby carriage.
  • Gururi Uwakai Tourist Boat Ride
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Uwajima-shi Sakaemachiminato 2-600-15
    This pleasure boat operates out of Uwajima Shinnai Harbor in Sakaemachiminato, Uwajima City. It offers three different round trips through the Uwa Sea. Whether it is the beautiful ria coastline, the Hosoki Canal said to be Japan’s narrowest canal, or Hiburi Island which was the site of the stronghold of Heian period warrior Fujiwara no Sumitomo, passengers can experience the nature and history of the Uwa Sea.
  • Tidal Currents Experience Cruise
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Imabari-shi Miyakubocho Miyakubo 1293-2
    This pleasure cruise service operates out of Oshima Island, one of the Geiyo Islands that lay in the western part of the Seto Inland Sea. The ship departs from a boarding dock across from the Murakami Suigun Museum and proceeds through intense rapids long known as being the most perilous part of the Seto Inland Sea to destinations such as the Noshima Castle Ruins, a National Historic Site, as well as the Hakata–Oshima Bridge.
  • Tomoura Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Imabari-shi Miyakubocho Tomoura 282
    This mikan orange grove is in Tomoura, Miyakubo-cho, Imabari city. It is open from October through the end of March. It's built into the side of a mountain, and grows a variety of citrus fruits including mikan oranges, and many have different seasons to allow different harvest times to try out (reservations only). After picking, you can enjoy mikans grown in the breezes of the Seto Inland Sea with a view of the water.
  • Kiki’s Strawberry House (Inoue Ichigoen)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Imabari-shi Kamiuracho Amazaki 379
    This strawberry farm is located on National Route 317 in Amazaki, Kamiura-cho, Imabari City. The use of aeroponics assures that each strawberry plant is able to absorb plenty of sunlight. Guests can enjoy eating all the ripe strawberries they can pick for 30 minutes from January to the beginning of June (reservation required).
  • Armor Wearing Experience
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Marunouchi 1 Tower 1F
    This hands-on exhibit is located on the first floor of the castle tower of Matsuyama Castle in Marunouchi, Matsuyama City. Visitors can put on one of several special replica sets of armor bearing the family crests of the successive lords of Matsuyama Castle. It is also possible to take commemorative photos in the armor. There are even child-sized sets of armor, so families can enjoy experiencing wearing armor together.
  • Takemori Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Kamiukena-gun Kumakogencho Shimohatanokawa Otsu 209-39
    This vineyard is located in Shimohatanokawa, Kumakogen Town, Kamiukena County. It grows five varieties of grape including large red Beniizu grapes, Delaware grapes and Pione grapes. From late August to mid-October, the vineyard offers grape picking at its covered grape arbors. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as barbecuing at Donguri no Mori (this activity is only for guests who are picking grapes) or digging potatoes in mid-September. There is also a farmer’s market that sells grapes, handmade konnyaku (yam cake), juice, and other items.
  • Kuma Agricultural Park Agripia
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Kamiukena-gun Kumakogencho Shimohatanokawa Ko 500
    This agricultural complex is located on Prefectural Route 209 in Shimohatanokawa, Kumakogen Town, Kamiukena County. It is comprised of training facility for new farmers, a community farm, and a community plaza. The facility offers users of the community farm services such as plant cultivation seminars and agricultural equipment rentals. There is also a market where visitors can buy produce, seedlings, and other items. Visitors can also enjoy strawberry picking from February to May (reservation required).

Ehime Areas


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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