Spots in Nanyo / Uwajima Area

  • Uchiko-za Kabuki Theatre
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    4.5
    114 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2102
    This is a two-story theatre building with a gabled and tiled roof which was built in 1916, and its wooden architectural structure is representative of Aichi Prefecture. It was temporarily remodelled into a cinema, and there were also plans to demolish the building due to its deterioration, but in 1985 due to the zeal of the townspeople, the building was restored to its original condition at the time of being initially constructed. Public performances are done making best use of such things as “hanamichi” (stage–passages), “mawari-butai” (revolving stage), “masu-seki” (box seats) and Japanese musical accompaniment behind black bamboo screen. Again it is also possible to participate in a tour of the interior of the theatre when there are no events being held.

    We spent a night in Uchiko and bought the pass to the main three attractions. This old theatre was beautifully restored. The guide used his iPad to translate basic information. Worth a trip!

  • Ozu Castle
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 903
    This is a castle which is said to have been constructed at the end of the Kamakura period by Utsunomiya Toyofusa who entered the domain as a protector. Thereafter, the castle was restored by the castle fortification expert, Todo Takatora, and the castle town was prosperous as the center of politics and economy of the Iyo Ozu feudal clan. Due to deterioration, the castle keep was demolished in 1888, but thereafter it was restored in 2004. It is a wooden keep reconstruction which was faithfully reproduced based on historical facts. Four turrets such as the kitchen turret and the southern corner turret have been designated as an Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    Arriving at JR Iyo-Ozu Station after spending some 6-hrs walking around nearby Uchiko, I was weary, behind schedule and it had now started a persistent drizzle. Not facing a 30-minute walk given the...

  • Garyu Sanso (Mountain Villa)
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    4.5
    123 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 411-2
    This is a mountain villa of 9,930 square meters which commands a view of the picturesque landscape around the Hiji River, the “Garyu depths”, the villa was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 2016. This is the villa which the wealthy merchant, Kouchi Torajiro constructed during the Meiji period to spend his final years; the Sukiya-zukuri style (Japanese traditional architectural style) of the building and the traditional Japanese landscape garden are wonderful. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery at your ease with green tea at “Furoan”. This site gained one star from “Michelin Green Guide Japan” in 2011, attracting attention.

    Loved the quietness and history of this old Japanese home and garden. Lovely walk around the house and garden. Staff were very helpful with imparting their knowledge and keen to answer questions.

  • Roadside Station Minato Oasis Uwajima Kisaiya Plaza
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Bentenchou 1-318-16
    This rest stop is located in Benten Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture, and serves as a base for sightseeing and exchange that showcases the appeal of Uwajima. The shops on-site feature well-known sweets such as oban and tomanju as well as marine products from the Seto Inland Sea, locally produced rice and sake, and many other specialty items. You’ll also find Royce-brand chocolate from Hokkaido and items from other sister cities. The food court offers local specialties such as Uwajima sea bream rice and Uwajima satsuma rice, which features a combination of fried fish and barley soup over rice.

    As mentioned by the previous reviewer, its rare to see one in the city. We noticed also that its frequented by locals, so it must be good here. Theres an information counter, a local produce shop...

  • Kami Haga Residence and Wax Museum
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    4.5
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2696
    This historical building of 1894, now open as a museum, was once the residence of Kami Haga family, the main branch family of the Hon Haga family, one of the largest domestic wax producers in the country. There are ten main buildings on the grounds including the main house and annexes, and boiler room, designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Inside the residence is an exhibition space, and materials related to mokuro (Japan tallow) production and bleaching mokuro in Uchiko district are displayed.

    This wax museum was very interesting. There was some English signage which gave us enough understanding. Worth a look.

  • Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 1938
    The Museum of Commercial and Domestic Life is located in Uchiko Town. The building that houses the Museum is itself of great interest, having formerly been an apothecary’s shop that operated during the Edo and Meiji periods. Mannequins and period utensils are used to recreate the scene in the apothecary’s shop as it would have been in years gone by; the unique, highly-realistic mannequins surprise visitors by welcoming them using authentic phrases (researched with experts familiar with the period). The realistic scenes—which include the owners’ family eating together with the apprentices, the housemaid cooking a meal, and little details such as someone talking to himself as he works—are very popular with visitors. Models are used to present information about Uchiko Town’s history and way of life, famous local individuals, etc.

    This is vey interesting- an old house owned by a pharmacist. The guide was very friendly and informative. He was happy to answer questions even when there was a language barrier. Would recommend...

  • Roadside Station Yawatahama Minatto
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ehime Pref. Yawatahamashi Okishinden 1581-23
    You’ll find this rest area at Yawatahama Port in Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture. The site includes the “Information Center Multipurpose Hall,” which offers information on roads and sea routes as well as city events and tourist spots, the “Doya Market,” which offers fresh seafood caught the same day at reasonable prices, and the “Agora Marche,” which sells specialty products such as citrus fruits and vegetables. The popular dining hall and food court feature cuisine made with fresh fish and local ingredients. There’s also an expansive park full of greenery and a seaside boardwalk that’s perfect for a leisurely stroll.

    We visited this Roadside Station area a few times, because of the presence of the seafood market, a local produce shop and 2 budget restaurants. The seafood here is really cheap and its sold usually...

  • Warei-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Wareichou 1451
    The head temple for the Warei sect, commonly known as Warei-sama. Enshrined is the spirit of Yanbe Sebe, the chief retainer of Date Hidemune, the first lord of the Uwajima domain. Sebe showed skill in expanding industry and ensuring civil stability. The Warei Festival is held every July 23rd and 24th and it's considered one of Shikoku's top three summer festivals alongside Kochi's Yosakoi Festival and Tokushima's Awa Odori Festival. Floats, measuring more than five meters long, of the ushi-oni will be carried through town as part of an amazing parade. The great torii gate before the temple stands 12 meters tall and is said to be the largest stone torii gate in Japan.

    I went early in the morning (~8) so they were still sweeping the area but I immediately felt all tension melt away. Walking the ground, you get a feel for how big the shrine is.

  • KOKUDO KYUSHI FERRY
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Misaki 1700-2
    A sea ferry that connects Saganoseki Port in Oita Prefecture with Misaki Port in Ehime Prefecture. This is the shortest connection between Shikoku and Kyushu at 31 kilometers wide, taking about 70 minutes to cross. It is part of National Route 197 which connects Kochi City with Oita City, but instead of using a bridge to cross the water, it has a ferry passing over the sea. The ferry makes 16 round-trip crossings every day, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Along with scenic view seats, shops, gallery seats, and group seating, there are a variety of accessible facilities including wheelchair accessible elevators (phone reservation required) and multipurpose bathrooms.

    国道九四フェリーは大分県佐賀関から愛媛県三崎の約31kmの航路を70分で結ぶフェリーで名前の通り国道197号線の海上区間航路です。他のフェリーではある車両の障害者割引などはなくインターネット割引でも片道では5%オフ程度なので割引はほぼありません。特に波は高くなくても少し揺れます。

  • Shimohagatei
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 1946
    This 140-year old remodeled merchant’s house with its historical ambience has been designated a registered tangible cultural property. Interior décor like its furniture and tableware is reminiscent of those days gone by. The restaurant uses Japanese buckwheat flour and Uchiko-grown vegetables. Their “Noasobi Bento” lunch box with local seasonal ingredients is always popular. The second floor is used as a gallery. In addition to selling local traditional crafts, events are held on a regular basis.

    I ordered one of this month’s specials, shiitake mushroom with sobs noodles. The waitress brought a basket with two large shiitake mushrooms in it and asked me which I would like. I chose one and...

  • Auberge Uchiko
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Ikazaki Otsu 485-2 (in Ryuwa Park)
    Just five minutes from the JR Uchiko Station by car, the conception of this hotel located in Uchiko Town is very modern, yet preserves the Japanese essence. The restaurant preparing delicately flavored French cuisine from local produce and the hot spring bathing, available also to day visitors, is very popular. The open-air bath that channels the spring water directly, and the indoor bath are both available for guests.

    The place is a bit hard to find but well worth the effort... Guests stay in incredibly beautiful villas, designed in a mix of modern and traditional Japan, with many references to paper, and...

  • Heijo-zan Kanjizai-ji Temple
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Minamiuwagunainanchou Mishouhirajou 2253-1
    The Heijo-zan Kanjizai-ji is a temple belonging to the Daikaku-ji school of Shingon Buddhism, located in Ainan Town, Minamiuwa County, Ehime Prefecture. It is the 40th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage; because it is the furthest of the 88 temples from the starting point of the Pilgrimage, it is colloquially known as the “Rear Gateway of the Shikoku Temples.” The Kanjizai-ji Temple was founded in 807 by Kobo Daishi on the orders of Emperor Heizei. According to tradition, the statue of the Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) flanked by two warrior attendants which is the main object of veneration in the Temple was carved by Kobo Daishi from a single sacred tree. The Temple’s amulets—which are made by printing the words “Namu Amida Butsu” (“Homage to the Amida Buddha”) onto cotton cloth—are believed to have miraculous powers to ward off evil, ensure smooth childbirth, and assist with recovery from disease. The path leading up to the Temple is lined with statues of the “Eight Buddha Protectors of the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Signs.”

    四国八十八ヶ所霊場の第四十番札所の観自在寺。愛媛県最初のお寺です。 山門の階段だけ特に綺麗で微妙でした。 本堂の中の神様の前にあまり売り物をたくさん置かれると引いてしまいます。

  • Tomiya
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Uwajima-shi Wareimotomachi 1-3-2
    This restaurant is located in Warei-Motomachi 1-Chome, Uwajima City. Its menu includes regional cuisine such as Uwajima-style taimeshi that features sea bream sashimi dressed with sauce and egg yolk and served on rice. Other offerings include set meals, rice bowls, and noodle dishes such as champon.

    駅前商店街の再開発でJR宇和島駅の裏手の方に移転したようです。店構えが立派かつお洒落になっていますが、肩肘張らずに利用できる食事処です。ランチだったので鍋焼きうどん、連れは宇和島ちゃんぽんを食べました。ともにじゃこ天が入っています。いずれもほっとする味で美味しくいただきました。刺身や天ぷらの定食、飲みメニューもあります。

  • Omori Japanese Candle shop
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2214
    Omori Japanese Candle is a shop selling traditional Japanese wax candles, located in Uchiko Town, where the wax-making and Washi (traditional Japanese hand-made paper) industries flourished during the Edo and Meiji periods. A section of a wax candle made in the traditional way (which has been handed down for over 200 years) shows a ring-like pattern; with no coloring or decorative motifs, the candles have a simple beauty. These are long-lasting candles that produce little soot and don’t suffer from dripping wax. The candles have attracted a great deal of interest in other countries, and are featured on the website of the British Museum. Omori Japanese Candle is located around 15 minutes’ walk from Uchiko Station.

    Although I had earmarked the Candle Shop for a visit prior to arriving in Uchiko, I must have passed-by the unassuming entrance to the shop several times before I realised that the paper lantern with...

  • Nanraku Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Tsushimachouchikaie A 1813
    This Japanese garden opened in 1985 in Tsushima Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture and has been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 urban gardens. Two large ponds sit at the center of the park, which features approximately 150 kinds of trees and around 200,000 specimens. The flowers that grow in the various seasons are a sight to behold. The park grounds are dotted with sights such as a farmhouse from the mid-Edo period, a teahouse near a ridge, a rest area modeled after a fisherman’s house, a teahouse in the Sukiya style, and more. There are several events as well, such as the Plum Festival in February, the Nanraku Park Outer Moat Cherry Blossom Festival from late March until April, and the Nanraku Park Moon Viewing Festival in September.

    We loved this garden. We were there during peak cherry blossom time and the outside of the garden is ringed with cherry blossom trees. There are also some inside the garden as well. The garden is...

  • Oozu Akarengakan (Red Brick Building)
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 60
    The building was constructed as the main branch of the Oozu Commercial Bank in 1901, and is a blend of Japanese and Western-style architecture, featuring British bricks and a tiled roof. The building is now used to sell local crafts and special products, and there is a place for tourists to take a break on the second floor.

    赤煉瓦館位在大洲城與臥龍山莊的中途 可安排連游 今天的大洲只是個小鎮 但因有大洲城與臥龍山莊等古典建物 而被稱為伊予小京都 這座赤煉瓦館則為大洲增添近代風姿 赤煉瓦館本是銀行 現在則開放參觀 從前門進入會看到一些土特產品陳列 須進到中庭後方的老倉庫(有著厚重的門扉那棟)裡面 才能見到有關這建築的完整介紹

  • Uwajima City Date Museum
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Gotenmachi 9-14
    This museum is just a 25-minute walk from the Uwajima Station. It exhibits treasured documents of the region the Date family is associated with, as well as cultural items of Uwajima. Although the exhibit has various artifacts on display, from weapons, armor, paintings, writings, earthenware, and clothes, the exhibit of the splendid and luxurious bride's furnishings is extensive.

    The relics were pretty cool to look at, but for me, the best part of the museum was the well written brochure you get explaining the history of the Date (pronounced DAH-TAY, by the way) Family. An...

  • Sunokawa Park
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Minamiuwa-gun Ainancho Sunokawa 288
    This park is located on National Route 56 in Sunokawa, Ainan Town, Minamiuwa County. It is comprised of the approximately one-kilometer-long Sunokawa Beach, a campsite, an event venue, a seawater pond, a freshwater pond, and other attractions. Visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking. The park is also adjacent to Yurari Uchiumi, which features a public bathhouse that uses seawater and a restaurant.

    貸し出しもしているようですがシュノーケルセットは持参しました。 シャワーは冷水ですが着替える所もあってよかったです。 色々な魚を見る事ができました。 魚の大群もみられて良かったです。

  • Rinsuke
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2027
    Come enjoy traditional Southern-Ehime Taimeshi, rice with sea bream in this Japanese-style restaurant. In the central (Chuyo) and eastern (Toyo) regions, grilled whole sea breams are cooked with rice, but in the southern (Nanyo) region, around Rinsuke here in Uwajima, it features raw sliced sea bream which is placed on rice along with a special soy-sauce based sauce and egg yolk. Many restaurants will dissolve the egg yolk in a dashi fish broth, but here along with shredded nori and ground sesame seeds, a whole egg yolk is placed on top of the fresh sliced sea beam that completely covers the rice. Another popular menu item that is also served with their special sauce is a boiled barley and rice dish mixed with grated yam.

    宇和島式鯛めしが絶品です。内子の商店街の見つけやすいところにあります。地元の人々も通う人気店です。売り切れになる場合もありますので夜にご予定の場合は葉山に行くことをお勧めします。

  • Kikuya
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Uwajima-shi Chuocho 2-3-33
    This venerable noodle shop in Chuo-cho 2-Chome, Uwajima City opened in 1877. The restaurant’s most popular item is its Champon noodle, which is notable for a soup made with dried sardine stock. Another offering is their “Ajikurabe” set meals, which includes zarusoba (soba noodles served on a bamboo strainer), ramen, and curry udon.

    松山からの日帰りで宇和島城を見学し、ランチをここで。宇和島風鯛めしは前の晩に 松山で頂いたのでどうしようかとネットをさぐっていたら、このお店がやたら有名らしい。もう行列必至とか。 お城からも近いので昼時で行列覚悟で行きました。やっぱり満員行列。ほとんどの人が「チャンポン」。男性は大きいやつを食べているケースが多いですねえ。 次に人気なのは「味くらべ」という、ざるそば、カレーうどん、ラーメンを同時...

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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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