Spots in Niihama / Toyo Area

  • Minetopia Besshi
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    3.5
    108 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Niihama Tatsukawacho 707-3
    This theme park located in Tatsukawa-cho, Niihama City was built around the Besshi copper mine, which was once counted amongst Japan’s Three Biggest Copper Mines. It offers hands-on experiences such as gold panning and also features a hot spring bathhouse and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy learning about the history of copper mining from a number of industrial heritages that have been registered as cultural assets are preserved in the park. The park also has a restaurant, a barbecuing facility, and even a shop specializing in nagashi-somen (thin wheat noodles served in flowing cold water).

    This onsen has been recently renovated and it has dramatically improved. It is only 500 yen if you bring your own towel, soap, etc. The balance between indoor and outdoor hot springs is perfect, you...

  • Ehime Prefectural Science Museum
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Nihamashi Ojouin 2133-2
    The science museum has three permanent exhibition halls (the nature hall, the science and technology hall and the industry hall) and a huge planetarium 30 meters in diameter which has featured in the Guinness Book of Records. The centerpiece of the museum is a real dinosaur robot that moves. The museum plays host to many temporary exhibitions and hands-on events making it a great place to come for the whole family.

    I loved this museum. We took our 5 year old daughter here and spent at least 4 hours exploring the 4 levels and surroundings. The building itself is a great architectural work. There are many...

  • Sankakuji Temple
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Kanadachousankakuji Instep 75
    This temple belongs to the Koyasan-Shingon sect and is located in KanadaTown in Shikokuchuo City, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 65th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the Buddhist priest Gyoki laid the foundations for the temple between 729 and 749. The principal image is an 11-faced Kanzeon statue, which is said to have been sculpted by Kukai when he visited the temple. He is also said to have sculpted a statue of Acala and constructed a triangular fire altar and taught the secret “kofuku (surrender) goma” ritual. The 11-faced Kanzeon statue is said to bring good luck, ward off evil, pregnancy, and provide safe childbirth, and many couples visit to pray to be blessed with a child. The temple grounds are also known as a famous viewing spot for wild cherry blossoms.

    四国霊場巡りで初めて行きました。車で行きましたが、道が狭くて対向車が来ないか気になりました。運転が不得手な人は苦労しそうです。横峰寺よりも厳しかったです。駐車場は200円。石段を上ると本堂と大師堂がお目見えしました、少し紅葉していました。

  • Maegamiji Temple
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Sunouchi Kou 1426
    This is the head temple of the Ishizuchi sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Sunouchiko in Saijo City, Kochi Prefecture, and it is the 64th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is located at the foot of Mt. Ishizuchi, considered one of Japan’s seven holiest mountains and a quasi-national park. En no Gyoja laid the foundations for the temple, and it was built as a complete seven-structured temple compound under orders from Emperor Kammu (781-806). The imperial family and the feudal lords of the Edo period had a deep connection, and many believers remain today. Near the summit of Mt. Ishizuchi is the Inner Maegamiji Temple, and in July, worshipers wearing white clothing ascend the mountain at the start of the mountain-climbing season.

    We are walking and using public transport to make the 88 Temple pligrimage. Today we had a slow day. We caught a train to Iyo-Himi (Station Y33, Jr Yosan Line, local train) and walked a very short...

  • Ishizuchi Shrine Head Shrine
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Nishida Kou 797
    Mt. Ishizuchi, western Japan's highest mountain, is also known as the Roof of Shikoku. Ishizuchi Shrine worships the holy Mt. Ishizuchi, which is believed to be where the deities dwell. Ishizuchi Shrine is a general term that actually encompasses four different shrines including a shrine at the summit of the mountain, two on the seventh station of the mountain: Jojusha Shrine and Tsuchigoya Yohaiden Hall, and the main shrine located near the National Route. The main shrine, also called the Kuchi-no-Miya Shrine, is located on a hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea as well as the Shimanami Kaido Road and is the base location for Ishizuchi Shrine. Ishizuchihiko-no-Mikoto is the primary deity of the shrine and is deeply revered, believed to bring peace and prosperity in the household, protection from misfortune, good fortune, and recovery from illness.

    石鎚神社 本社と成就社へ行くぞ〜〜と意気込んで ホテルを出て 11号線を走ってると 石鎚山系に低い雲 その下にカスミ見たいな白いところが 成就社は 雨かな〜と思いながら 本社に お参りに 清々しい空気が流れていい感じです 秋のお祭りが近いので 祖霊社では お祭りの祈願で 地元の方が大勢でしたので お邪魔しないように 本社に 西条の町と海を見渡せるところは 天気が〜〜 摂社も いい気持ちでした

  • Hojuji Temple
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    3.0
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Saijo-shi Komatsucho Shinyashiki Ko 428
    This Buddhist temple is the 62nd temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The temple was built on the order of Emperor Shomu. According to legend, the temple's principal object of worship, a an eleven-faced statue of Avalokitesvara, was modeled after Emperor Shomu's wife, Empress Komyo, and this statue is famously believed to grant worshippers an easy childbirth.

    四国八十八ヶ所霊場巡りをして10数年、現在4巡目です。社寺参詣参拝に関わらず、日本人のマナー随分と悪くなりました。社寺のほとんどは家族で運営されています。友人知人を昼飯時に訪問しますかね、当然のことですが社寺の方も食事をしなければなりません。寺社はレジャーランドではないのです。節度をもって参詣参拝したいものです。

  • Kiri-no-Mori Roadside Station
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Shinguchoumatate 4491-1
    A roadside station in Shingu Town, Shikokuchuo City, Ehime Prefecture surrounded by forest with local produce on sale, a restaurant, cafe and cake shop. In the restaurant, the cha-soba made with Shingu green tea, and the kiri-no-mori roll cake, are popular choices. For souvenirs, the kiri-no-mori daifuku cake made with a copious amount of local matcha green tea is especially famous, often selling out on the holidays and weekends and in the early part of the new green tea season. There is also an onsen so guests can enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath and cottages for accommodation on site.

    コテージは広くなかなか快適でした。食事はお隣のレストランでいただきました。 川が近くにあり小さい川なので水遊びによかったです。その川の近くに宿泊者用のお風呂があるのですが、これが良かったです。また隣接する温泉施設も利用でき、とても便利でした。売店ではおみやげ物や霧の森大福を買うことができ、吊り橋?など周辺を散歩しても気持ちよかったです。

  • Yunotani Onsen 
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Sunouchi Kou 1193
    This famous hot-spring was once blessed by a visit from the 37th monarch of Japan, Empress Saimei. The baths have over 1,400 years of history and is fed by its own private spring, famous for resulting in outstandingly beautiful skin. The sodium - chloride - hydrogen carbonate cold mineral spring, is transparent but when mineral deposits appear it can have a white cloudy appearance. Day trips are the norm but there are ten limited lodgings available as well. Many pilgrims visiting 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage stop in after visiting Yokomine-ji Temple, the 60th temple, because of the difficulty of the route.

    I stayed two nights with my wife and daughter at Yunotani Onsen during the 2015 Saijo Matsuri (festival). We loved our stay here. The staff was so friendly and really took special care of us. They...

  • Nishiyama Koryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Saijo-shi Tanbaracho Kota 1657
    This Buddhist temple is located in Kota, Tanbara-cho, Saijo City. According to records, the temple was founded in 642, and it is counted as one of the temples on the Shikoku 20 Bekkaku Temple Pilgrimage of temples founded by the great monk Kobo Daishi. The temple grounds are home to numerous cultural properties, and have also been designated a Place of Scenic Beauty by the prefecture. The grounds are particularly famous as a place where visitors can take in beautiful autumn scenery during the fall foliage season.

    見納めの紅葉鑑賞に訪ねました。 駐車場から少々急な参道を20分、紅葉が自然林に映え見惚れました。最見頃は過ぎていましたが、ゆく秋を感じる厳かな別格霊場でした。

  • Kaminomachi Museum
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Shikokuchuo Kawanoecho 4069-1
    This museum is located in Kawanoe-cho, Shikokuchuo City. It features exhibits about the paper products of Shikokuchuo City, which is Japan’s biggest paper producer, as well as how they are made. The museum also hosts a variety of events including special exhibitions, seminars, and papermaking classes. Visitors can also purchase a variety of paper products at the museum shop.

    This small, thoughtfully arranged museum is located in one of the most important papermaking regions of the country. Here you can get a real understanding of the papermaking process, from the...

  • Ishizuchi Tozan Ropeway
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Jofukuji Temple
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Kawatakichoushimoyama 1894
    "A Shingon Buddhist temple located east along National Route 192 traveling from the Mishima-Kawanoe Interchange. Known as the Tsubakido (the ""Camelia Hall""), the temple is the 14th temple on the Shikoku 20 Bekkaku Temple Pilgrimage. According to legend, when the great monk Kobo Daishi was visiting the area, he heard a terrible fever was epidemic, and so he took his cane and sealed the evil spirits behind the illness in the ground. A camellia tree grew from the cane, thus giving rise to the temple's nickname, and even today visitors will find a huge camellia growing on the grounds. A statue of Kobo Daishi is located at the foot of the tree, and it is said that touching the statue with your right hand while touching a place on your body where you are experiencing pain with your left and praying will cause your pain to go away."

    四国別格の二十霊場を参拝されています多くの方が、御朱印とお数珠玉をいただく方が多いと思いますが、その親玉をいただけますのは、現在、この椿堂さんです。お忘れないように気を付けてください。

  • Yokomineji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Komatsuchouishiduchi 2253
    This is the head temple of the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Komatsu Town, Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 60th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is situated halfway up the north face of Mt. Ishizuchi, famous as a sacred site and for the highly treacherous “falling pilgrim” road that must be used for access until the forest road is completed for cars to use. En no Gyoja laid the foundations in 651. Afterward, Kukai visited and established the temple after conducting the secret “hoshi” ritual. The principal images in the main hall are Dainichi-Nyorai and Zao Gongen Mishotai, which have been designated as prefectural Important Cultural Properties. Around the beginning of May, rhododendrons bloom along the face of the cliff to the side of the main hall. Note that the forest road is not accessible during winter. Large buses cannot access the road.
  • UFO Line (Ino-Cho)
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    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."

    余り車の運転が好きではない、上手くはない、と思っている人なので、神経を使い、疲れてしまいました・・・どこでもすれ違えるというわけではなく、すれ違うのが無理な場所が多い、脇が側溝だったりと結構神経を使う峠道が長々と続きます。私は西条市から登っていき、国道194号線の寒風山トンネル側から入っていき、頂上を過ぎてそのまま反対側に抜け、松山方面へ行きました。 という感じで疲れたのですが、頂上は皆さんのお写...

  • Asahi Beer Shikoku Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Hiuchi 2-6
    This brewery is on a plot of land a 10-minute ride away from JR Iyo-Saijo Station via the free shuttle bus. It began operations in 1998 as Shikoku’s first truly large-scale beer brewery, and free tours are offered via reservation. On the tour, you can view a movie and the actual ingredients as you learn about beer and Asahi products. Visitors also get to visit the control room, preparation chamber, and part of the production line. Free drink samples are offered in the guest hall. Beer and grilled mutton are offered in the Asahi Beer Garden on-site, and there’s a gift shop as well.
  • Hondani Onsen
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Kawanouchi Kai 494
    This hot-spring is including among the list of Iyo's top three hot-springs alongside Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama and Nibukawa Onsen in Imabari. It is said that both the 34th monarch of Japan, Emperor Jomei, and the 37th monarch of Japan, Empress Saimei both bathed in this famous ancient hot-spring. This hypotonic alkaline cold mineral spring is said to be good for the skin, flushing away skin secretions and fat buildups. As it doesn't cause dizziness after extended use it's known as a family bath and it's safe for everyone from children to the elderly to bathe. It's open for day trips but you'll have to remember to bring your own soap and shampoo as they are not provided.

    幹線道路から少し山に入っていきます 道は広くはないですが対向は出来ます 温泉も良いですが、休憩所は雑魚寝もできます 食事処が併設されており昼呑みできます 川を挟んだ公園もきれいで春は桜、秋は紅葉を楽しめます 日帰り温泉の場合、抜群です

  • Bujo no Yu
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Saijo-shi Omachi 209
    This hot spring bathhouse is located on National Route 11 in Omachi, Saijo City. It features large indoor baths, outdoor baths, stone-holowed baths, whirlpool baths, and foot baths each sourced with water from the hot springs of Nibukawa Onsen, which are known for having skin beautifying properties, as well as saunas. It also features relaxation facilities and a cafeteria.

    サウナもあるし、露天風呂もある。ここの水風呂がめちゃ気持ちいい!!特に夏は冷たいので行くと入ってみてください

  • Sendan-san Koonj-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Komatsuchouminamigawa Instep 19
    The Sendan-san Koon-ji Temple is the 61st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku to pray for the recovery of Emperor Yomei from illness at the end of the 6th century, making it one of the most ancient temples in the 88-temple Pilgrimage. Subsequently, when Kobo Daishi was visiting the temple, he met a woman in front of the temple gate who was suffering from a difficult pregnancy; Kobo Daishi burnt sandalwood incense and prayed for a smooth childbirth, and the woman was able to give birth safely; this incident is said to be the origin of the name Endan-san (“Sandalwood Mountain”). Since then, the Koon-ji Temple has been famous as a temple where people go to pray for a smooth childbirth; there is a statue of Koyasu Daishi (a famous monk who is believed to help women in childbirth) just to the right of the Daisei Hall which attracts may worshippers.
  • Marubun Komatsu Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Komatsuchoushinyashiki A 407-1
    "This long-established Italian restaurant is located right in front of Iyo-Komatsu Station on the JR Yosan Line. It always tries to serve dishes that utilize the ingredients materials, such as vegetables sent directly from local trading farmers. Their ""Ehime Saijo Neapolitan,"" which is a spaghetti dish made with a tomato sauce using Pom juice of Ehime as a secret flavor, is a recommended menu item that combines freshness and nostalgia. The specialty ""Toriten"" (chicken tempura) is an appetizing dish with a garlic flavor that is crispy, juicy and suitable for both rice and sake. Their sweets such as their cool coconut-flavored chiffon cake are also popular."

    100年間続いたお店、古く懐かしいお店でした、いつ頃オープンするのか、新しいお店になるのが楽しみですね!

  • Mikkyo-zan Kichijo-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Himi Otsu 1048
    The Mikkyo-zan Kichijo-ji Temple is the 63rd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is the only temple in Shikoku that has a statue of Bishamonten (one of the Four Heavenly Kings) as the main object of veneration. According to tradition, this dates back to when Kobo Daishi came across a shining Japanese Cypress tree, from which he carved a statue of Bishamonten, before going on to carve Bishamonten’s two attendants—Kisshoten and Zennishi-doji. The entire temple complex was burnt to the ground during Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s invasion of Shikoku in 1585; the Kichijo-ji Temple was rebuilt on a new site in the Edo period. Within the Temple precincts there is a large stone with a hole in it called the Jojuishi (“Stone of Achievement”); it is said that if a visitor inserts their pilgrim’s staff into the hole and makes a wish, the wish will come true.

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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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