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Nature Spots in Imabari / Shimanami Kaido Area

  • Omishima Island
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    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.
  • Mt. Sekizen
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    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
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    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.
  • Sanshuen Menhir
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    Ehime Ochi-gun Kamijimacho Ikina
    This megalith is located along Prefectural Route 173 in Ikina, Kamijima Town, Ochi County. The massive stone stands some seven meters above Sanshuen, the Japanese garden built by the cross-dressing heroine Ito Aso. Aso was the model for the main character of Toko Kon’s novel “Akumyo.” The stone is believed to have been left behind by a Yayoi period megalith culture. It has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of the town.
  • Oshima Island
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Yoshiumicho Miyakubocho
    This island is one of the Geiyo Islands in the western part of the Seto Inland Sea. It is part of Imabari City and linked to the mainland of Shikoku by the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. It was formerly the home base of the Noshima-Murakami clan, so it has a historical connection with piracy and Murakami Piracy Museum. At the southern end of the island is the Mt. Kiro Observation Point, where visitors can enjoy nighttime views of the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge and the cityscape of Imabari.
  • Nibukawa River Gorge
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Tamagawacho Nibukawa
    This gorge is located in Nibukawa, Tamagawa-cho, Imabari City. A scenic area with abundant natural beauty lying along the Kiji River, part of it has been designated a Prefectural Nature Park, and it has been chosen as one of the 100 places of Scenic Beauty in Ehime Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring and colored leaves in the fall as they hike along the gorge or take part in other outdoor activities, such as camping, barbecuing, and playing in the river.
  • Funaori Seto Straits
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Hakatacho Arozu
    This straits are in Arouzu, Hakata-cho, Imabari City, between the two Geiyo islands of Hakata Island and Ushima Island. Its notable feature is the strong tidal current that arises in the narrow (300 meter) strait, and since ancient times, it has been known as one of the most difficult places to navigate on the Seto Inland Sea. The Funaori Tide Observation Deck has been set up where visitors can observe ships advancing through the 15 kilometer per hour tidal current.
  • Hakata-jima Island
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    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.
  • Mt.Washigato
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Omishimacho Miyaura
  • Kasen Dam
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Kikumacho Kawakami
  • Tamagawa Dam (Imabari)
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Tamagawacho Ryuokashimo Kajiya Tei 1-16
  • Utena Dam
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Omishimacho Utena
  • Kamiura Dam
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Kamiuracho I no Exit
  • Kamagishima Island
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    Ehime Imabari-shi
  • Tarubashijima Island
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    Ehime Imabari-shi
  • Hyakkanjima Island
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    Ehime Ochi-gun Kamijimacho
  • Matsushima Island
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    Ehime Imabari-shi
  • Kasennotaki
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    Ehime Imabari-shi
  • Niwatorikojima Island
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Hakatacho Arozu
  • Sakurai Kaigan
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    Ehime Imabari-shi Sakurai

Ehime Main 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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