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Imabari

Imabari

Near the port in Imabari (今治市, Imabari-shi) is a huge, beautifully made ship’s propeller displayed as sculpture. It looks ...

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Ozu

Ozu

Ozu (大洲, Ōzu) is sometimes referred to as Ehime’s ‘Little Kyoto’. I have no idea why, because they’re as unalike as any two...

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Tobe

Tobe

To most Japanese people, Tobe (砥部) calls to mind Tobe-yaki, a type of ceramic known throughout Japan. People tend to imagin...

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Uwajima

Uwajima

Uwajima is the southernmost city in Ehime. It’s a compact city, centered around a small castle on a hill. Above the city towe...

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama

Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture and the largest city in Shikoku. Its name means “pine mountain”. Matsuyama ...

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Iyo

Iyo

In Japan, the names for municipalities bear scant resemblance to entities of the same name in the west. So in Japan, a ‘villa...

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Matsuno

Matsuno

Matsuno is a pretty little settlement in Ehime near the border with Kochi. Once a very quiet backwater of the celebrated Shim...

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Saijo

Saijo

The city of Saijo sits on a plain facing the Seto Inland Sea, with the imposing Mt. Ishizuchi behind it. Saijo is sandwiched ...

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Yawatahama

Yawatahama

Yawatahama is a sleepy port town in the armpit of Japan’s longest peninsula, the Sadamisaki Peninsula that juts out of the we...

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Seiyo

Seiyo

In Japan, the names for municipalities bear scant resemblance to entities of the same name in the west. So a place that is no...

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Niihama

Niihama

Niihama City in Ehime Prefecture is a bustling industrial city of 124,000 people on the north coast of Shikoku. Although the ...

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Kuma Kogen Highland

Kuma Kogen Highland

Kuma Highland—Kuma Kōgen in Japanese—is a large inhabited area at a high elevation in central Ehime bordering Kochi Prefectur...

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Uchiko

Uchiko

Uchiko is small town that lies to the southwest of Matsuyama. It stands at the bottom of a river valley with rice fields spre...

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Toon City

Toon City

Toon City, pronounced Tō-on, is a city in name only. There’s no built-up center to it at all, which may seem strange to peopl...

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Hojo

Hojo

Hojo is the northernmost part of Matsuyama. Once a separate municipality with the rank of ‘city’, it merged with Matsuyama in...

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Niihama Drum Festival

Niihama Drum Festival

Celine Ong

Niihama Drum Festival is one of the top three festivals in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku — an autumn taiko festival celebrating t...

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Where to eat in Ehime

Kurazen

Kurazen

Mandy Bartok

Kurazen provides tasty Japanese izakaya dishes in a traditional-style warehouse building near Imabari Castle.

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Places to stay in Ehime

Furuiwayaso

Furuiwayaso

Ekaterina Bespyatova

Furuiwayaso offers basic accommodation with hot spring bath in a remote mountainous part of Ehime Prefecture. It's close to I...

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Furuiwayaso

Furuiwayaso

Ekaterina Bespyatova

Furuiwayaso offers basic accommodation with hot spring bath in a remote mountainous part of Ehime Prefecture. It's close to I...

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About Ehime

Ehime
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Matsuyama
Population 1,431,493
Area 5,676.10 sq. km

Located in northwestern Shikoku and bordering the Seto Inland Sea, Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken) is surrounded by nature - visitors can enjoy great views of the Inland Sea coast and the Seto Inland Sea National Park. 

Many tourists also flock to Ehime to visit Dogo Onsen, arguably the most storied hot springs in Japan, as well as the historical Matsuyama and Uwajima castles. In fact, Ehime has five of Japan’s “Top 100 Castles,” the most of any prefecture (tied with Hyogo and Nagano).

The capital city of Matsuyama is perhaps most famous for being the scene of Natsume Soseki’s Botchan, one of Japan’s most beloved novels. As a result, many attractions in the city bear its name, such as the Botchan Train. 

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