8 Recommended Sightseeing Spots to Visit in Ehime


2022.03.11

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

When you think of sightseeing spots in Ehime Prefecture, Dogo Hot Springs is the first thing that comes to mind, but many people may not be able to think of other places of interest.
However, the truth is that Ehime Prefecture is full of other attractive spots including places full of nature that are only known to those in the know. Here are 8 best recommended places that are worth a visit.

  • 01

    Japan's First National Important Cultural Property, a hot spring loved by the locals

    Dogo Onsen

    Dogo Onsen

    With a history of 3,000 years, Dogo Onsen is known as one of Japan's three oldest hot springs, along with Arima Onsen (Hyogo prefecture) and Shirahama Onsen (Wakayama Prefecture).Reconstructed in 1894, the wooden three-story building has an impressive tiled roof and a majestic appearance. Standing in front of it, you will have a strange feeling that time has stopped here.Not open to the public, but the rooftop "Shinrokaku" has a suspended drum that is beaten a certain number of times at a certain time, and it is said to have been selected as one of the 100 best soundscapes in Japan to preserve.At night, the red Giyaman glass in the windows gives off a mysterious glow.

    【Access】
    Approx. 43 min. by Matsuyama Airport Limousine Bus bound for Dogo-Onsen Stn. or approx. 30 min. by cab
    From JR Matsuyama Station on the Yosan Line, take the Iyo Railway City Train bound for Dogo-Onsen Station. 25 minutes by train/ 25 minutes by cab.
    From Matsuyama Station on the Takahama Line, take the Iyo Railway local train bound for Dogo-Onsen (approx. 20 min).

    Dogo Onsen Honkan
    place
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 5-6
    phone
    0899215141
    opening-hour
    6:00-23:00(Last entry22:30)
    info
    【URL】https://dogo.jp/
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    WAKKA, popular among cyclists

    WAKKA

    WAKKA

    WAKKA is a comprehensive tourism facility on the Shimanami Sea Route. The Shimanami Kaido is a 60-kilometer-long freeway in the Seto Inland Sea. It is a very popular spot for cyclists because of its well-developed cycling roads. WAKKA is located on Omishima Island in the middle of the Shimanami Kaido. The stylish cafe has an open terrace with a sense of freedom. You can enjoy the sea breeze and the beautiful view of the Seto Inland Sea while drinking an authentic coffee.

    There are also tours and activities that take advantage of the charms of the Shimanami Sea Route, making it a facility that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people, from solo travelers to families.

    A hotel is also available, so when you are tired after a day of fun, you can stay at WAKKA. There are three types of rooms to choose from: cottages, dome tents, and dormitories. The cottages and dome tents are especially recommended because they all have ocean views.

    Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road

    Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road

    【Access】
    Approximately 5 minutes by car from the Omishima IC of the Shimanami Kaido Highway.

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    WAKKA
    place
    愛媛県今治市上浦町井口6691-1
    phone
    0897728705
    info
    【URL】https://wakka.site/
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    Kirosan Tenbo Koen Park

    Kirosan Tenbo Koen Park

    Kirosan Tenbo Koen Park

    This is a national park located on the southern tip of Oshima Island. It was designed by architect Kengo Kuma. The view of the Seto Inland Sea from the Panorama Observatory Bridge is truly breathtaking. The sunset view from here is especially special. If you like sunsets, you should definitely visit this spot at least once.

    Breathtaking sunset seen from Kirosan Tenbo Koen Park

    Breathtaking sunset seen from Kirosan Tenbo Koen Park

    【Access】
    Approximately 10 minutes by car from the Oshima Minami Interchange on the Shimanami Seaway.

    Kirosan Observation Park
    rating

    4.5

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    place
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Yoshiumichouminamiura 487-4
    phone
    0897842111
    opening-hour
    Open 24 hours
    info
    【URL】https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=182
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  • 04

    Shimonada Station

    Shimonada Station

    Shimonada Station

    Shimonada Station is known as the station with the best view of the sea, and is so famous that railroad fans are sure to know about it. Even if you are not a train fan, you may have seen it at least once on Instagram.

    The most striking feature of this station is the sea that spreads out from the platform. You can see such beautiful scenery that you would think the station was built in the middle of the sea. Near Shimonada Station, there is a track called "the track that sinks into the sea," which is said to be the model for the Kaihara Electric Railway in "Spirited Away.

    It is a great photo spot not only in the daytime, but also at sunset.

    Shimonada Station

    Shimonada Station

    【Access】
    Yosan Line「Shimonada Station」

  • 05

    Colorful Enmaji Temple

    Enman-ji Temple was built in 812, and the main deity of the temple is Amitabha Buddha. This temple is characterized by its colorfulness. At the Buddhist temple in front of the main hall, you will be greeted by a colorful Jizo statue that is almost 4 meters in size.

    Enman-ji Temple is also famous for its colorful "O-musubi-dama," a good luck charm. Its good luck charm in a retro Japanese design is cute and popular among women and children. Many people take them home as souvenirs.

    【Access】
    About 7 minutes from Dogo-Onsen Station on the Iyo Railway City Train

    Enmanji Temple
    place
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyuzukicho 4-49
    info
    【URL】https://matsuyama-sightseeing.com/spot/54-2/
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  • 06

    Nametoko Valley One of 100 Best Waterfalls

    Nametoko Valey is a large gorge in the upper reaches of the Meguro River, a tributary of the Shimanto River. The river is so calm and clear that you can see all the way to the bottom, and the beautiful nature makes you want to take a deep breath. The Yukirin Waterfall, with a drop of 80 meters, has been selected as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan, and Ochiai Fuchi is a popular spot for young people to play in the river.

    And speaking of Nametoko Valley, don't forget to visit the Shimanto River headwaters and Morinokuni "Mizugijino Lodge". This is a lodge-type accommodation facility located on the banks of the Meguro River, which was renovated and reopened in March 2020 from the much-loved Morinokuni Lodge and Morinokuni Hotel. 10 Western-style rooms, an atrium lobby lounge, and a "wild pizzeria Selvaggi" where you can enjoy delicious pizza are available. (Selvaggio), where you can enjoy delicious pizza.

    Forget the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a peaceful moment in a quiet forest.

    【Access】
    About 20 minutes by car from Matsumaru Station on the Yodo Line

    四万十川源流、森の国 水際のロッジ(2020年3月開業)
    place
    愛媛県北宇和郡松野町目黒滑床渓谷
    phone
    0895430331
    info
    【URL】https://morino-kuni.com/riverside-lodge/
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  • 07

    Suiha Kogen vast highland with 360 degrees panoramic view

    Suiha Kogen is a plateau on Suiha Peak, a mountain 892 meters above sea level. From the top of Suiha Peak, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and the Shikoku Mountains. The sight of the lush grass leaves blowing in the wind is simply beautiful. Moreover, the colors change with the seasons. The Rape Blossom Festival in late April and the Cosmos Festival in late August are must-sees.

    There is also a "Cherry Blossom Garden" where you can enjoy Someiyoshino, Yae-zakura and Yamazakura cherry blossoms, as well as a "Children's Plaza" where children can play energetically.

    【Access】
    About 35 minutes by car from the Mishima-Kawanoe IC on the Matsuyama Expressway

    Suiha Kogen Highland
    place
    Ehime Pref. Shikokuchuoushi Kinshachouhiranoyama
    phone
    0896286187
    info
    【URL】http://www.shikochu-kankou.jp/?page_id=42
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  • 08

    Minetopia Besshi Machu Pichu of the East

    Myintopia Besshi is a theme park built on the ruins of the Besshi Copper Mine. The main attraction of the park is the Toonaru Zone, which is the remains of facilities from the mining era. It is also known as the Machu Picchu of the East, as the landscape looks like Machu Picchu.

    Inside the facility, there is a railroad track modeled after the Sumitomo Besshi Mine Railway, and visitors can ride a steam locomotive in a retro atmosphere.

    In addition, the main building in the center of the site is equipped with a hot spring, where you can relax and soothe your body after playing.

    【Access】
    Approximately 20 minutes by bus from Niihama Station on the Yosan Line.

    Minetopia Besshi Tohnal Zone
    place
    Ehime Pref. Nihamashi Tatsukawachou 654-3
    phone
    0897431801
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00
    info
    【URL】https://besshi.com/
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