Visit Ehime Prefecture

Ehime Prefecture is located on the island of Shikoku, in southwestern Japan. Its capital city is Matsuyama, which is known for its hot springs, historic sites and beautiful natural scenery. Ehime has a long history and was once part of the ancient Tohuku region.

The prefecture has many tourist attractions to offer visitors including Ishite-ji Temple with its five-storied pagoda, Dogo Onsen - one of Japan's oldest hot springs said to have been discovered over 3,000 years ago by an injured white heron - and Matsuyama Castle - a four-tiered castle from the Edo period. For hiking enthusiasts there are beautiful mountains such as Mt Ishizuchi where you can take in stunning views as well as pay respect at shrine dedicated to the mountain god.

Ehime is home to some interesting historical facts too; it was renowned during the Edo period (1603-1868) for its production of quality swords that were crafted using local iron sand which was in abundance in this region at the time.