15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

4 Things to Do in the Town of Uchiko, a Remnant of Rural Japan

One of the biggest attractions in Japan apart from the first-class technological advancements in the country is its traditional sites. From the rustic beauty of its ancient Shinto and Buddhist temples up to the pristine beauty of authentic Japanese residences, the country has a lot of sites to be proud of. Among these places is…

A Vending Machine for Origami? Only in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture!

When it comes to vending machines, Japan’s always a champion. While the rest of the world settles on the simplicity and practicality of the machine, here comes Japan bringing it to an entirely new level by dispensing all sorts of items not just limited to those we use every day. From bento and noodles to…

Everything You Need to Know About the Famous Japanese Imabari Towels!

Imabari City is located in the northeastern part of Ehime Prefecture and the second most populated city in the prefecture after Matsuyama City. Besides being known for its shipbuilding industry and yakitori, do you know that Imabari is also Japan’s top producer of towels and that the Imabari towels are held in high regard for…

The Many Charms of Dogo Onsen, the Inspiration for Spirited Away

Did you know that Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner and Japan’s highest-grossing movie of all time got its inspiration through a magnificent bathhouse? Well, the bathhouse is none other than a place called Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring in Shikoku. cinapse.co/ History deviantart.com/ Dogo Onsen is a hot spring located in Matsuyama (松山),…

The Top 3 Must-Visit Places in Beautiful and Historic Ehime

Ehime prefecture is situated in the northwest of Shikoku, one of the islands of Japan. Being so far south in the Japanese archipelago means that Ehime has a mild and welcoming climate all year round. Temperatures in the winter don’t tend to go below 5 degrees on average, and temperatures in the summer don’t often…

Dogo Onsen Art Festival: Enjoy Unusual but Mesmerizing Works of Art

Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. It is a home to many old hot springs in Japan. One of the oldest spa resorts in the area is called “Dogo Onsen Honkan.” d2gd4v5nzgxr7o.cloudfront.net/ It is one of the famous spa resorts popular for emperors all throughout the country. This year marks…

Ehime: The Land of Mikans (Satsuma Mandarins)

When you hear of mikan, you probably do not think of any specific place in Japan. Least of all a prefecture on the small island of Shikoku. But! Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku produces over 250,000 tons of mikan every year! Mikan are Ehime’s speciality, with everything from shirts to socks to stores being dedicated to…

Matsuyama–jo: a Castle in the Mountains

Matsuyama may seem like an unlikely tourist destination, but even though you need to make a trip all the way to Shikoku, it is very much worth the effort! Matsuyama-jo (jo means castle in Japanese) is just one of the many things Matsuyama has to offer. This castle doesn’t only give you a spectacular look…

The oldest and most historical Onsen in Japan!

How many hot springs (Onsen) have you been to? I want to recommend for you the oldest and the most historical hot spring in Ehime Prefecture! Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) johnharveyphoto.com/ Dogo Onsen has over 3000-year history. It is located in Matsuyama City. It was first written in Nihon-shoki, the Japanese second oldest historical book. There…