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10 Things To Do in Ehime

Ehime covers the northwestern quarter of Shikoku Island in Japan. There are many historic sties to visit such as Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen. Ehime is for those who like the outdoors and history.

#1. Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen was built in 1893 and the oldest hot spring in Japan. Dogo Onsen was the setting for the famous Japanese writer Natsusme Soseki’s novel “Botchan”. At the main entrance there is a guide who greets visitors as they arrive and offers guides around the grounds. Dogo Onsen visitors can select 4 types of bath to relax in. After enjoying the onsen, you can go to the second floor to have traditional Japanese tea and snacks while enjoying the view
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Dogo Onsen

Address: 1-7 Dogomachi Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 4 minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station

Hours: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Phone: 089-943-8342

Website: Dogo Onsen Offical Site (Japanese)


#2. Shikoku Karst

Shikoku Karst Ehime

Shikoku Karst is one of the three major Karsts in Japan. It is located between the Ehime and Kochi boarder. Sitting at 1,458 meters above sea level, the Shikoku Karst extends for 25 milometers where you can see Mezurudaira, Godankogen and Tengukogen. It is very unique and offers a beautiful scenery of the Shikoku Mountains.
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Shikoku Karst

Address: Nishidani, Kumakōgen-cho, Kamiukena-gun, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 1 hour 25 minutes by car from Susaki Station

Phone: 0892-21-1111

Website: Shikoku Karst (Japanese)


#3. Matsuyama Castle

Matsuyama Castle Ehime

Matsuyama Castle was built in 1603 and has a vast complex of structures including defensive works. Matsuyama Cast is one of the original Twelve Castles and has remained intact despite being damaged in World War II. This castle is both fascinating inside and outside including a magnificent view from the top of the Tenshukaku. You can also experience putting on a suit of armor and hold an original Samurai sword. Travelers from around Japan come to take in a true Japanese castle experience at Matusyama Castle.
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Matsuyama Castle

Address: 1 Marunouchi, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 20 minute walk from Okaido Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Admission Fee:
510 yen (Adult)
150 yen (Child)

Phone: 089-921-4873

Website: Matsuyama Castle (Japanese)


#4. Towel Museum Ichihiro

Towel Museum Ichihiro Ehime

Imabari best known for making towels of which supply roughly 70% of Japan’s towel industry. It is also home to the Towel Museum which is not only a towel and textile museum but also has several floors of textile gift shops, restaurants and a towel factory in the museum. Tourists come from far to take a glance at Ehime made towels which display unique colors and patters that cannot be replicated so easily. It’s a good place to spend a few hours out of your day while browsing a truly unique place as there is nowhere else like it in the world.
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Towel Museum Ichihiro

Address: 2930 Asakura Kamikabuto, Imabari, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 12 minutes by car from Iyo-Miyoshi Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
800 yen (Adult)
600 yen (Student)
400 yen (Child)

Phone: 0898-56-1515

Website: Towel Museum Ichihiro (Japanese)


#5. Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum

Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum Ehime

Dogo Giyaman is an amazing glass museum located within Yamanote Garden Place resting in the city of Matsuyama. In the Museum there are over 300 pieces of rare Edo, Meiji and Taisho era glass art displays and each piece has the highest design quality. There is also a European style garden and a cafe for visitors to have a snack while they glance at truly unique glassworks.
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Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum

Address: 459-1 Dogosagidanicho, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 8 minute walk from Dogo-Onsen Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Admission Fee:
600 yen (Adult)
400 yen (Child)

Phone: 089-933-3637

Website: Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum (Japanese)


#6. Oyamazumi Shrine

Oyamazumi Shrine Ehime

Located on Omishima Island, Oyamazumi Shrine offers a great atmosphere and is a tourism power spot. The items on display are multiple Japanese national treasures which date back to the 12th century. The Camphor trees, including two trees that date back 3,000 years and 2,600 years, surrounding Oyamazumi Shrine are very beautiful and unique. In the past, Japanese warriors visited the shrine to pray for victory and then returned to the shrine when their battle was successful.
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Oyamazumi Shrine

Address: 3327 Daimishima Machimiyanoura, Imabari, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 50 minutes by car from Onomichi Station

Hours: 24 Hours

Phone: 0897-82-0032

Website: Oyamazumi Shrine (Japanese)


#7. Kururin Ferris Wheel

Kururin Ferris Wheel Ehime

Kururin Ferris Wheel is located top of 9th floor of the Iyotetsu Takashimaya department store. The Iyotetsu Takashima department store serves as one of the major train stations for the Iyotesu line which is the first train line to operate in Shikoku. It has a great view of the city which makes it an ideal spot for viewing at night or riding and seeing the beauty of the surrounding city as the Kururin Ferri Wheel is one of the high points in all of Matsuyama. Tram day pass holders will be granted free admission, otherwise visitors will pay 500 yen.
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Iyotetsu Takashimaya Department Store

Address: 5 Chome-1-1 Minatomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken

Access: Connected to Matsuyama-shi Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Phone: 089-948-2111

Website: Iyotetsu Takashimaya Department Store (Japanese)


#8. Mt. Ishizuchi

Mount Ishizuchi Ehime

Mt. Ishizuchi is the tallest mountain in Western Japan and considered a sacred site. Mt. Izshizuchi is a hikers paradise as they often come in the spring to take in the beauty of Shikoku from the top of the 1982 meter mountain. Hikers have two trails they can climb the mountain by: the Omotesando trail and the Tsuchi Goya trail. There is also a cable car that takes visitors up about 700 meters towards the top. Enjoy the beautiful nature of Ehime from the top of Mt. Izushizuchi.
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#9. Garyu Sanso

Garyu Sanso Ehime

This Villa has traditional Japanese architecture from the 20th century including a beautifully detailed house and garden. The villa rests in the quaint town of Ozu where life is slow but surrounded by picturesque views of the mountainous terrain with the Hijikawa River running right through it. Like many of the rural cities in Ehime, this town is a window into the past. Inside the house there is a 4-seasons room with beautiful carved wood windows that are balanced and beautifully detailed. Relaxing at the villa while listening to the flowing river is definitely a fine way to enjoy your afternoon.
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Garyu Sanso

Address: 411-2 Ozu, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by car from Iyo-Ozu Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: 0893-24-3759

Website: Garyu Sanso (Japanese)


#10. Pokopen Yokocho

Pokopen Yokocho Ehime

Pokopen Yokochou is located in Ozu where you can warp back in time to a town that harks is reminiscent of the Showa Period. Here you can find old Japanese candy shops, toy stores, traditional restaurants and izakayas. This town showcases the changing of times as you can see the transformation of Japan after World War II. Come have a beer with the locals and flash back in time for a night at Pokopen Yokochou.
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Pokopen Yokocho

Address: 3 Daisumoto-machi, Ozu, Ehime Prefecture

Access: 7 minutes by car from Iyo-Ozu Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
*Only Sundays

Phone: 0893-24-2664

Website: Pokopen Yokocho (Japanese)


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