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  • Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido
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    Hiroshima Prefecture Onomichi City - Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
    There are three expressways connecting Honshu (the main island of Japan) with Shikoku (the smallest of the four main islands of Japan), and Nishiseto Expressway, also known as Shimanami Kaido, which is one of them. It connects Onomichi in Honshu with Imabari in Shikoku, and covers the west route. As you cross the islands, there are many beautiful scenic locations and tourist spots along the way including temples and historical landmarks. This is also the location of Japan’s first cycling road to cross over the strait, drawing numerous cycling tourists.
  • Sadamisaki Lighthouse
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    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Shouno
    This white lighthouse is located at the tip of the Sadamisaki Peninsula in Setonaikai National Park. This white lighthouse stands at the end of Satamisaki Peninsula, where it is said that it is the longest and most narrow peninsula in Japan. The lighthouse has been in operation for over 90 years since its first lighting in 1918. It is a scenic landmark where on clear days you can view Takashima and Kyushu in the distance across the Hoyo Straight. It is especially beautiful at sunset. In 1998 it was selected as one of the Japan Coast Guard’s top 50 lighthouses in the country. Although the walkway leading to the lighthouse is well maintained, it is long with a lot of ups and downs. Please be careful.
  • Sanmach Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi other
    This historic district in Takayama City maintains the ambiance of an old merchant town. Sanmachi refers to the three streets running through the upper and lower parts of the district. It's also referred to as Sanmachi-dori. Commerce was essential to Takayama's growth as a castle town, and a distinctive street lined with traditional townhouses with black latticed doors developed in the Sanmachi area. It's been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings and is a popular tourist spot. Today the charming traditional kominka houses along the street host establishments like souvenir shops, restaurants, and Japanese style cafes.
  • Yokaichi Gokoku Townscape
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    Uchiko-cho, Kita-gun, Ehime Prefecture
    Unchanged historical buildings related to the mokuro (Japan tallow) wax industry, and traditional houses and warehouses line the former highway which developed with the wax industry from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period. The town was selected as a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1982 due to the actions of the town preservation movement.
  • Ohanahan Street
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    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu
    Ohanahan Street is an area with nostalgic atmosphere out of the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods and named after the filming of Ohanahan, an NHKTV drama series. There is an Ohanahan rest area almost in the middle of the street which displays materials related to Ohanahan.
  • Kurushima-kaikyo Bridge
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    Ehime Prefecture Imabari City - Oshima Between
    Connecting Shikoku and Honshu, this worlds-first three-stage suspension bridge runs across the Kurushima Strait—a rough spot of sea known as the three rapids whirlpool of Seto Inland Sea. The Kurushima-kaikyo Bridge stretches for 4.1 kilometers and features a road for motor vehicles, as well as a scooter lane and a bicycle/pedestrian lane. You can get a great view of the grand Seto Inland Sea from on top of the bridge. This place is also famous for its evening views, as it holds many nighttime illumination events regularly.
  • Traditional Townscape of Unomachi
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    Ehime Pref. Seiyoshi Uwachounomachi
    This classical post-town along the Uwajima Highway has been designated as one of Japan's Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The town grew out of the castle town of Matsuba Castle, ruled by the Saionji family in the Muromachi Period. Shops built from the middle of the Edo Period to the beginning of the Showa Period line the streets and traditional architectural styles such as white plaster walls, udatsu (firewall built at both ends of a roof), and latticed bay windows still remain. Famous Edo-Period western scholars including Takano Choei, Ninomiya Keisaku, and Japan's first female doctor Kusumoto Ine used to traffic this neighborhood. Amongst the Japanese style architecture, you'll notice churches and western style arch windows among the buildings, allowing you to experience the changing of the times.
  •  Tenshaen Garden
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    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Tenshakouen
    "This famous garden was built as a place of retreat by Date Munetada, the seventh lord of the Uwajima domain in the Iyo Province (present Ehime Prefecture). The park was completed in 1866 and its name comes from a poem composed by Date Masamune of Sendai, the father of Hidemune, the first lord of this domain. Wisteria trellises surround the Chisen Kaiyu-shiki garden, which is designed for strolling around a pond, and the white wisteria over the taiko-arched bridge over the pond are not to be missed. In accordance with the Date family crest of ""sparrow and bamboo"". there are a wide variety of bamboo types planted about the pond. In early June the Japanese irises come into season, and large number of tourists visit to see the vivid colors of the garden."
  • Matsuyama Castle Ninomaru Historical Garden
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    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi 5
    A historic garden which sits at the base of Matsuyama Castle, one of the Japan's Top 100 Castles? in the center of Matsuyama. Built on the site of the residence of Gamo Tadatomo, the second lord of the Iyo-Matsuyama Domain, the omotegoten palace remains are now covered in flowers while the former noble private quarters are covered in ponds and lawn that show the former room layout. Also excavated on the site, whose size is nearly 1.6 hectares, is Japan's largest ancient water well. Recognized in 2013 as a Couple's Holy Land, nearly 500 pre-wedding photo shoots are staged here annually. There are also three pavilions on the grounds, the Katsuyama-tei, Juraku-tei, and Kanko-tei, that are used for cultural events including tea ceremonies and haiku poetry gatherings.

    To get to the castle you first have a ride in a cable car or chairlift up the mountain. There is still a rather energetic up hill walk required to access the castle itself. Having made it up to the...

  • Ishizuchi Skyline
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    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Wakayama
    A driving route that runs around 18 kilometers and connects Omogo Gorge with the Mt. Ishizuchi trailhead. Confront the majesty of Mt. Ishizuchi as you run up the 850 meters elevation gain to the lodge at the mountain trailhead. On clear days you can stop mid-way at the Nagaone Viewing platform to see Goraiko Waterfall, one of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls. There's also a spot to look at the majestic sight of Tengudake peak, the tallest point of Mt. Ishizuchi. This is also a well-known famous place to view the autumn colors and from the beginning to the end of October lots of tourists visit to pass through the colorful tunnel of leaves.
  • Uwakai Observatory Tower
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    Ehime Minamiuwa-gun Ainancho Misho Heijo 5688
    An observatory located in Baseyama Park at the base of the Nishiumi Peninsula. The observation deck both revolves and goes up and down, rising and falling between 107 meters and 260 meters above sea level while slowly rotating. During the ride, visitors can get a sweeping view of Misho Bay and the ria coast of the Uwa Sea. In springtime, visitors can also enjoy the pink cherry blossoms in full bloom in the park right under the observatory. The observatory is two stories and its cabin is also worth checking out. This type of observatory is extremely rare and unusual - there are only two in all of Japan, the other being in Niigata Prefecture.
  • UFO Line (Ino-Cho)
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    Travel / Tourism
    Kouchi Pref. Agawaguninochou Teragawa
    "This road has a view of Mt. Ishizuchi, western Japan's highest peak and one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. The road's name derives from the similarity of pronunciation between ""Yuho"", the original Japanese name and ""UFO."" It's a very popular driving route, and it has also appeared in Toyota commercials. The road runs about 27 kilometers through Kamegamori at an elevation ranging from 1,300 to 1,700 meters. Its superb scenery includes Akebono rhododendrons blooming in May, mountain hydrangea in July, and a geranium species called Shikokufuro in August. If your timing's right, September will let you see both colorful foliage and the landscape covered in frost. The road is closed from the end of November to the beginning of April."

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  • Tourigaoka
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Iyo-gun Tobecho Gohonmatsu 885 Near
    This neighborhood located on high ground in Gohonmatsu, Tobe Town, Iyo County is lined with numerous potteries and pottery galleries. These establishments make and sell Tobe-yaki Ware, one of the area’s local specialties. The Tourigaoka Golden Week Tobe-yaki Ware Fare held here between the end of April to early March features a variety of events including sales and exhibitions by each pottery.
  • Toban no Michi
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    Ehime Iyo-gun Tobecho
    This walking path is located in Ominami, Tobe Town, Iyo County. Some 580 Tobe-yaki ceramic tiles are embedded into the walkway and the walls along it. Tobe-yaki is a local style of pottery that is a specialty of the region. One of the highlights along the path is Tosogaoka, where a monument to Josuke Sugino, the originator of Tobe-yaki pottery, has been erected. The path is a place where people can feel the history of Tobe-yaki pottery.
  • Iwamatsu Town
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    Ehime Uwajima-shi Tsushimacho Iwamatsu
    This Iwamatsu district of Tsushima Town, Uwajima City along the Iwamatsu river once prospered as a shipping center. There are old merchant houses, sake breweries, and ryokan inns built from the Meiji into the Taisho eras, and are maintained today to preserve the traditional atmosphere of that port town. It's known for being the setting of Shishi Bunroku's novel Ten'ya Wan'ya.
  • Tatara Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Imabari-shi Kamiuracho Inokuchi 7505-7
    This observatory is located inside of Tatara Shimanami Park in Iguchi, Kamiura-cho, Imabari City. It stands near Tatara Bridge, which connects Omishima Island to Ikuchi Island in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy the sight of the beautiful bridge spanning the Seto Inland Sea. The area is also famous for its spring cherry blossoms.
  • Hanaguriseto Lookout
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Imabari-shi Kamiuracho Seto 4658-2
    This observatory is located near Omishima Bridge on National Route 317 in Seto, Kamiura-cho, Imabari City. Omishima Bridge connects Omishima Island and Hakata Island and is the only arch bridge on the Shimanami Kaido. Visitors can enjoy a scenic view of the bridge, Hanaguri Seto, known for its perilously fierce currents, and Omishima Island.
  • Hakata–Oshima Bridge
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Hakatacho-Miyakubocho
    This bridge located along the Shimanami Kaido road connects Hakata‐cho, Imabari City to Miyakubo Town. It is actually comprised of two bridges; the Hakata Bridge that connects Hakata Island with Michika Island and the Oshima Bridge that connects Michika Island with Oshima Island. The total combined length is 1,230 meters. Built using the latest technologies at the time, such as the safety-focused direct hanging bridge erection method, the bridge entered into service in 1988. The know-how accumulated through its construction would later be leveraged in the construction of bridges such as the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge.
  • Funaori Seto Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Imabari-shi Hakatacho Arozu Ko 1923-1
    This observatory is located on National Route 317 in Arouzu, Hakata-cho, Imabari City. Visitors can look down onto Funaori Seto, a narrow 300 meter-wide strait between Hakata Island and Ushima Island known for some of the most perilous rapids in the Seto Inland Sea. The observatory is adjacent to the Funaori Seto Campsite.
  • Melody Line
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    Ehime Nishiuwa-gun Ikatacho Yawatahama-shi
    Melody Line is the nickname for the part of National Route 197 that runs through Sadamisaki Peninsula in Ikata Town, Nishiuwa County. Drivers can enjoy the scenery of the Sadamisaki Peninsula, the westernmost peninsula in Shikoku, which stretches east to west between the Seto Inland Sea and the Uwa Sea for some 40 kilometers. The route features a “Melody Road” which plays a song when vehicles drive along it at a given speed.

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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