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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tengu Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Takaoka-gun, Kochi Pref.
    This highland is located in Tsuno Town, Takaoka County to the west of the Shikoku Karst that straddles the Kochi and Aichi prefectures. The area features hiking courses which allow visitors to enjoy the area's rich nature, such as the views from the 1,485 meter-high Tengu Forest and the alpine plants. Other facilities in the area include the Kogen Fureai no Ie Tenguso inn.
  • Kuma Kogen
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Kamiukena-gun Kumakogencho
    This town is located in central Ehime prefecture. It's surrounded by outstanding natural scenery, with the Shikoku Karst field, one of Japan's three largest, western Japan's tallest peak of Mt. Ishizuchi, and Omogokei gorge, the source of the Niyodo River. It offers a taste of nature year round, with its average height of 800 meters resulting in a cool climate that's perfect for outdoor activities like mountain climbing, skiing, and delicacy hunting.

Ehime Main 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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