Ehime's quaint towns and cosmopolitan cities sit amongst jagged mountains, rural landscapes and bright blue seas scattered with islets.
Ehime, in the northwest of Shikoku, is a stunningly beautiful area to explore. The Shimanami Kaido area and its magnificent bridges offer a picturesque cycling route over architectural masterpieces. Dogo Onsen, the oldest hot spring in Japan, has attracted many residents, tourists and pilgrims for 3,000 years. Ehime's capital, Matsuyama, has inspired some of Japan’s most celebrated creatives, including Masaoka Shiki, Natsume Soseki and Ryotaro Shiba. Ehime also has two castles with intact original keeps and is one of four prefectures on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, a grand loop trail connecting 88 temples.