Spots in Niihama / Toyo Area

  • Minetopia Besshi
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    3.5
    112 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...

  • Asahi Beer Shikoku Brewery
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    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.

    Lived nearby in town for years as while visiting had to go back. Best service for “nomihodai” hands down. More is always quick and plentiful. Food’s great too.

  • Maegamiji Temple
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    4.0
    26 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...

  • Sankakuji Temple
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    4.0
    27 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.

    他の人のコメントにあるほど、道幅は狭くありません。 駐車場があります。「四国遍路サイト」にあった「名物おばあさん」が気になっていたのですが、代わり(?)のおじいさんが駐車番をしていました。 専用の料金箱にお金を入れると「ありがとう」の言葉があり、びっくりしました。 あの「名物おばあさん」はもういないのでしょうか? 駐車場から急な階段があります。段差がかなり高いので慎重に登ることをお勧めします。 お...

  • 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

  • Nishiyama Koryu-ji Temple
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    4.5
    14 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.

    仏法山仏眼院興隆寺(ぶっぽうさんぶつがんいんこうりゅうじ)は、愛媛県西条市丹原町古田(えひめけんさいじょうしたんばらちょうこた)にある真言宗醍醐派の寺だ。 本尊は千手千眼観世音菩薩(せんじゅせんげんかんぜおんぼさつ) 通称「西山興隆寺(にしやまこうりゅうじ)」といい、四国別格二十霊場第十番札所、四国三十六不動尊第二十二番札所、四国(東予)七福神(えびす)、伊予道十観音霊場第二番札所になっている...

  • UFO Line (Ino-Cho)
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    4.5
    9 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."

    雪が沢山降ってました!5月なのにびっくりでした。景色がなかなか見えなくて残念でしたがまたチャレンジします

  • Kiri-no-Mori Roadside Station
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    4.0
    13 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.

    その場で一つ食べたい方などの事は一切考えないやり方はあまりすきではありません。 味以前の問題かな、と。

  • 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.

    天養山観音院宝寿寺(てんようざんかんおんいんほうじゅじ)は、愛媛県西条市小松町新屋敷甲(えひめけんさいじょうしこまつちょうしんやしきこう)にある真言宗の寺だ。 四国八十八ヶ所霊場第62番札所で、本尊は十一面観世音菩薩(じゅういちめんかんぜおんぼさつ) 四国八十八ヶ所霊場会と訴訟騒ぎになるほどもめた寺だが、現在は四国八十八ヶ所霊場会に復帰して納経受付されるようになっている。 2020年12月10日...

  • 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。

  • Yunotani Onsen 
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    4.0
    20 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Chafe Yururi
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Shikokuchuo Shingucho Umatate 4491-1
    This cafe is located at Roadside Station Kirinomori in Umatate, Shingu-cho, Shikokuchuo City. It specializes in Shingu-cha, the type of organic tea grown in the region that was formerly Shingu Village, the birthplace of tea production in Shikoku. The cafe’s kominka-style interior features elements of old Japanese folk homes such as a sunken hearth and sunken kotatsu. Guests can enjoy drinking Shingu green tea and eating sweets such as cakes and soft-serve ice cream made with green tea. The cafe is adjacent to the Shingu-cha Tea Museum, which features exhibits on Shingu-cha.

    贅沢な造りのカフェです。赤ちゃんを遊ばせられるくらい広々とした小上がりがあって良かったです。バンボも置いてありました。こちらでも霧の森大福を食べることができました。フォンダンショコラは熱々でアイスクリームが付いて300円でとてもお値打ちでした。コーヒーも美味しかったです。

  • Kirinomori Restaurant
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Shikokuchuo Shingucho Umatate 4491-1
    This restaurant is located at Roadside Station Kirinomori in Umatate, Shingu-cho, Shikokuchuo City. It serves set meals, rice bowls, noodle dishes, and other items made with ingredients such as river fish, boar meat, and seasonal vegetables. The most notable of these is their Kirinomori green tea soba noodles and their famous oboro-tofu.

    隣接のコテージを利用したときに行きました。川の上にあるので川を見ながら食べられます。アメゴなど川魚料理のセットメニューにしました。食堂&レストランという感じですかね、でも割とオシャレでよかったです。

  • Marubun Komatsu Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    25 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."

    以前からの地元の人気店です 随分古い建物だったのですが 新しく建て直してこの程新装開店です 和風イタリアン中心のメニューです どれも美味し。 以前、テレ東の人気番組(バス旅)でルイルイが、 ここ、美味しいねぇ と言っていました

  • 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.
  • Kirinomori Koyukan
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Shikokuchuo Shingucho Umatate 4491-1
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is located at Roadside Station Kirinomori in Umatate, Shingu-cho, Shikokuchuo City. It uses the famous hot spring water of Kirinomori Onsen, which contains high amounts of metaboric acid. It is equipped with indoor baths with good views of the surrounding trees, an outdoor terrace with whirlpool baths, and saunas. There is also a rest area that offers draft beer and light meals as well as conference rooms that can seat up to 108 people.

    霧の森コテージに宿泊した際に利用しました。混んでいることもなく快適でした。地元の方が利用されているようです。最近のスーパー銭湯のようにたくさんの湯舟があるわけではありませんが、お風呂に入る、としては十分でした。周りは川や橋があり、気持ちいいところです。

  • Shu-chan Hiroba
    Shopping
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Tambarachouikeda 290
    First opened in 2006, this is Shikoku's largest direct sales depot. Here you can buy and sell fresh, safe, delicious produce at low prices that you couldn't find outside of a direct sales depot because they purchase produce at low price directly from the makers. Along with the expected seasonal fruits and vegetables you'll be able to find everything in this Farmer's Goods-Local Goods shop including meat products, fresh fish, dairy goods, and gifts. There's also Shu-chan's Marugoto Cafe which offers light meals such as curry and hot sandwiches as well as fresh 100% fruit juice and smoothies and soft serve ice cream. You can also eat food you've bought from the shop in the cafe. A popular menu item is the Melon Mountain which uses an entire half of a melon.

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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