Spots in Nanyo / Uwajima Area

  • Ozu Castle
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    4.0
    120 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...

  • Uchiko-za Kabuki Theatre
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    4.5
    120 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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!

  • Garyu Sanso (Mountain Villa)
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    4.5
    126 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.

  • KOKUDO KYUSHI FERRY
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    4.0
    35 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.

    豊後水道をフェリーで70分。雨風が強かったので結構揺れた。佐賀関・三崎とも小さな漁港で魚が美味しい所。わざわざ寄り道してよかった。

  • Roadside Station Uchiko Fresh Park KaRaRi
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ehime Pref. Kitagunuchikochou Uchiko 2452
    This rest temple is located along National Route 379 in Uchiko Town, Kita County, Ehime Prefecture. In addition to a center providing information about tourism and transportation, there are also several facilities that make the temple a hub for local exchange and tourism. Onsite is a farmer’s market where local vegetables, fruits, flowers, and specialty goods are sold, as well as a workshop that provides freshly baked bread and ham and restaurants that serve dishes with a local flavor. Popular items include Uchiko-made ham and sausage, which uses technology from Germany itself, and gelato made with fresh local fruits.

    We had our lunch here. We were here on a Friday and found the place pretty crowded. But as we had reserved, so faced no problem. The service as always in Japan is superb. The taste was great. I found...

  • 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
    57 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
    43 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...

  • Ozu Machi no Eki Asamoya
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 649-1
    Situated along National Route 441 near Ohanahan Street in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, this tourism facility was established to serve as a base for visiting tourists. The facility has a shop corner where you can buy popular local specialty products, an Ozu tourist information desk which sells tickets for Garyu Sanso Villa and Ozu Castle and takes tickets for cormorant fishing, and the second location of robatayaki grill restaurant Aburaya. Visitors can also hire a guide to accompany them and receive information on the local historic townscape and Garyu Sanso Villa not available in informational pamphlets.

    大洲城を巡る循環バス停があり、伊予大洲駅⇔大洲城を結ぶ中継地点で休憩所や食事、土産物も販売している。 近くにかき氷のおいしい店もある。

  • Warei-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    36 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.

  • Butsumoku-ji Temple
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Mimachousunawachi 1683
    Located around five minutes’ drive from the Mima Interchange, the Butsumoku-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism; it is the 42nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the Temple was founded in 807 when Kobo Daishi carved a statue of the Dainichi-Nyorai Buddha from a Camphor tree that was growing there and built a temple to house it. As Kobo Daishi was riding a cow at the time, statues of cow and horse deities were used to represent the Buddha’s attendants; today, many people visit the Temple to pray for their pets. The Temple is affectionately known as “Dainichi-san” by local people because of the Dainichi Nyorai Buddha statue. Unusually for the temples included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, the Bustumoku-ji Temple has a bell tower with a thatched roof. The statue of Kobo Daishi in the Kobo Hall is, based on the inscription on the statue, the oldest surviving statue of Kobo Daishi in Japan.

    We are using a combination of public transport and walking to visit some of the 88 Temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. We went to Temple 42 (Butsumokuji) and walked backwards to Temple 41 (Ryukoji...

  • Museum of Ehime History and Culture
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Seiyoshi Uwachounomachi 4-11-2
    This museum introduces and exhibits items related to the history and folklore of Ehime Prefecture. The expansive structure houses four historic and folklore exhibit rooms, and workshop classrooms. In addition to the displayed objects, on display are many scale-model replicas of iconic structures such as pit dugout dwellings, a town house during the Sengoku Age of Civil Wars, and a pre-war village main street, each depicting respective periods, affording one a sense of being transported back in time.

    It’s strange to find such a fine museum on Ehime’s history and culture in a small city like Seiyo rather than Matsuyama city. But it’s in an idyllic setting on top of a mountain. Entry is 510 yen per...

  • 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...

  • Omori Japanese Candle shop
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    4.0
    26 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...

  • Oozu Akarengakan (Red Brick Building)
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    3.5
    29 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.

    昔の銀行の建物をリノベーションしています。 2階ではお茶ができ、一階で街歩きの地図をいただきました。センス良い、リーズナブルな地元の雑貨が売っています。今思えば、ここにしかないオリジナルなものがあり、買ってこれば良かったと悔やまれます。トイレをお借りしたのですが、綺麗ですし、その周辺に建物に関する歴史を垣間見ることができます。おすすめです。

  • Heijo-zan Kanjizai-ji Temple
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    4.0
    26 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。

  • Inarizan Gokokuin Ryuko-ji Temple
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Uwajimashi Mimachoutogari 173
    This temple of Shingon sect Omuro school in Mima Town, Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture is the 41st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. This is the place where Kobo Daishi met the incarnation of Gokoku Daimyojin (Inari Daimyojin) in 807, created a statue in its figure, and enshrined it with the statue of the eleven-faced Avalokitesvara and the statue of Flanking Samurais, making them the guardians of Shikoku. There are always many visitors as is said that the temple brings benefits of prosperous business and success to people’s careers. Visitors can see the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism in the temple as they pass through the Torii (Shinto shrine gates) in place of Sanmn (the main gate of Buddhist temples) and are welcomed by Shinto Shrine guardian dogs. Also there are stone statues of Shinto foxes and Buddhist Jizo guardians standing side by side that also show the coexistence of the two religions. Every year on the first Sunday of March the “Inari Festival” is held.

    We walked forn Temple 42 (Butsumokuji) back to Temple 41(Ryukoji). It was a good walk through rural Shikoku with interesting scenic outlooks. Keep an eye out for the turn to the left, and another...

  • 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...

  • 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。

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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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