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  • Botchan Train
    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.
  • Tobemachi Ceramics Creation Center
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    11 Reviews
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    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.

    伝統産業会館の近くで車で数分でした。駐車場の入口が狭いですが、来る人が多くないのかもしれません。駐車場は十分な広さでした。駐車場の横に窯跡展示があります。陶芸体験がメインの施設です。

  • “Sea floor-viewing tour boat” Yumekaina Gaiyana
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Minamiuwagunainanchou Funakoshi 1599
    This ocean-view tour boat lets you see radiantly colorful coral and swimming fish up close. You can see all the way to the sea floor near coral colonies. On a lucky day, you may even come across sea turtles or large schools of lustrous sardines. No reservation required for this wonderful 40-minute experience with the beautiful ocean view.
  • Pony Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Seiyoshi Nomurachouonogahara 210
    The well-known Mominoki Shikoku Karst, famous for its rich homemade cheesecakes, operates this farm. The ponies, donkeys, rabbits, and goats come out to greet you in the lush green surroundings.
  • KOKUDO KYUSHI FERRY
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    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.

    往復で買うと帰りの料金が10パーセント割引になります。 游なぎに乗りました、カップ麺の自動販売機とジュースの販売機と売店が有りますが、弁当類は売って無いので、乗船前に買っておく方が良いです。

  • Mon Pearl Shinju Kaikan
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    3.5
    7 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...

  • Mitsu no Watashi
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Mitsu 1-10-18 Tochi-Mitsu side boat landing site
    A public ferry that bridges the 80 meters distance between Mitsu Port (Saisho-ji Temple Mae) and Minatoyama District in the Matsuyama port district. Its official name is City Road Takahama 2. It's a city road that runs over the sea. Its origin stretches back to around the time of the Onin War during the Muromachi Period, where it's said to have first started to transport food and materials. During the Edo Period it is said that famous haiku poet Kobayashi Issa boarded the ferry on his way to a haiku poetry gathering and it also appeared in the recent movie, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi. The ferry is free and runs year-round and is still an indispensable part of the local transportation system, being used by 40,000 people every year.
  • Ishizuchi Tozan Ropeway
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    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.

    ロープウェイ乗場の近くに有料駐車場があります。寂れた観光地感はありますが、11月中旬は紅葉で素晴らしいロケーションでした。

  • 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.
  • Nomauma Highland
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    7 Reviews
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Noma A8
    At this family park you can ride the Noma pony, Japan's smallest native horse. The Noma ponies, designated cultural properties of Imabari, can be ridden by children under 30 kilogram in weight from 3 years-old to 6th grade elementary students (helmet and padded vest must be worn). You can also pet rabbits and guinea pigs in the small animal petting zoo area. In the Makiba Hall in the center of the park you can use computers in the Noma Pony Knowledge Classroom to learn about Noma ponies making this a common field trip location.

    フレンドリーで大人しいとパンフには書いて有りましたが、いざ入るとあちこちに、柵の中に手を入れるな等の注意書き。日本一小さな馬を大人は観るだけです。(30kg以内のお子様には乗馬体験有り)。しかし無料の施設、園内とても綺麗にしてしてあり、しまなみ海道瀬戸内等海飽きたら、立ち寄ることお勧めです。

  • 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.
  • Sotodomari Stone-Walled Village
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    2 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."

    石垣の里を見て、そのまま階段を登った先にある喫茶店といった感じのお店です。このときは、みかんジュースをいただいたと思います。ちょろっとしたお土産がおいてあり、あとは高い場所にあるため、眺めはそれなりによかったです。とはいえ、石垣側にあるため、石垣をばっちり眺めることができるっていうわけではありません。

  • 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
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    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.

    Ive read several books on Murakami Pirates. Of course, I visited Murakami Sea Forces Museum first. However, seeing is believing. You can feel how and why pirates used to have supremacy over other...

  • 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.

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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