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The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum & Katsurahama Beach Kochi

The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum & Katsurahama Beach

Sakamoto Ryoma was born in Kochi in 1835, and played a vital role in the rapid modernization of Japan. In light of increased military subjugation, Ryoma aimed for a bloodless revolution, and successfully put an end to the shogunate government. He was one of the most famous great figures who set the foundation of present-day Japan. The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum and Katsurahama Beach where Ryoma's statue was built are the popular tourist spots in Kochi. Katsurahama is a famous spot where the white waves the lap against the bow-shaped shore and green pine trees create a beautiful contrast. In the season called "Chushu no Meigetsu" (August 15th in the lunar calendar), people enjoy the Kangetsusai Festival by looking up to the full moon and think of the local literary figures while drinking. It takes about 5 minutes by foot to reach Katsurahama beach from the museum.

Address or Location 830 Uradoshiroyama Kochi-city, Kochi (The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum)
Uradokatsurahama Kochi-city, Kochi (Katsurahama Beach)
Phone 088-841-0001 (The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum)
Opening Hours 9:00 - 17:00 (The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum)
Closed  
Fees 500 yen (The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum)
URL http://www.ryoma-kinenkan.jp/en/
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Yosakoi Festiva Kochi

Yosakoi Festival

The annual Yosakoi Festival takes place for four days from August 9 to August 12. The festival is held in the commercial district and streets of Kochi City. Dancers wear colorful costumes ranging from traditional kimono to modern designs, and play wooden clappers called naruko as they dance through the streets in this spirited festival.

Address or Location Kochi City, Kochi
Phone 088-875-1178
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL http://www.cciweb.or.jp/kochi/yosakoiweb/
(Japanese only)
Transportation Approx. 30 min by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport. A 15-min walk from Kochi Station. A 1-min walk from the Sakai-machi bus stop on the Tosaden Bus route. Approx. 10 min by car from the Kochi Interchange.

Ishidatami no Yado・Streets of Yokaichi Ehime

Ishidatami no Yado・Streets of Yokaichi Gokoku

【Ishidatami no Yado】
Make your way from the center of Uchiko town to the suburban district of Ishidatami, which has been selected as one of the top 100 beautiful landscape of Japanese farm villages. You'll be welcomed by the idyllic scenery of a 350-year old weeping cherry tree, waterwheels, and terraced rice paddies which are rare to mountainous areas such as this one. Ishidatami no Yado is the inn made from a relocated and renovated 90-year-old farm house. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of small mountain village trapped in time, and feel the hospitality of the locals. Having dinner near the Japanese hearth on the 1st floor is quite comfortable. They serve a healthy menu full of local vegetables, which will allow you to experience the same cuisine by those who live in the area.

Address or Location 2877 Uchiko-cho Ishidatami Kita-gun Ehime (Ishidatami no Yado)
Phone 0893-44-5730 (Ishidatami no Yado)
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees Adult 8,500yen/night (When used by 2 people) (Ishidatami no Yado)
URL http://www.town.uchiko.ehime.jp/soshiki/3/isidayaminoyado.html
(Japanese only)
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【Streets of Yokaichi】
About 150 years ago, this area prospered as a post town (a key junction of highways) and still retains the atmosphere of the old streets where the white-walled storehouses and traditional wooden houses span about 600 meters. While there, make sure not to miss the stuccowork on the walls, known as "kote'e". Through the use of a single tool with a similar name, the "kote", artisans are able to make sweeping forms and waves which are said to resemble those of a dragon. Among other notable features is the Omori Candle Shop, which has been creating Japan wax for more than 200 years. They preserve tradition the candle gentle flame is attracting many people. The candles of this shop have been on exhibition as Japanese souvenir since 2001 in British Museum.

Address or Location 3023 Uchiko-cho uchiko Kita-gun, Ehime (Machiya Museum)
Phone 0893-44-5212 (Machiya Museum)
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL http://www.tourismshikoku.org/learnmore/old_japan/uchiko-antique-street
(Japanese only)
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Uchiko-za Kabuki TheaterEhime

Uchiko-za Kabuki Theater

Uchiko Town prospered thanks to their world famous Japanese wax, which made the area an economic powerhouse and led to the locals building the Kabuki theater in 1916. The theater as it stands today is a restoration, but houses the same traditional Japanese entertainment that it did nearly a century ago. Visitors are able to see Kabuki plays which incorporate acting, dancing and music, or Bunraku – a Japanese play performed with sophisticated puppets. When there are no performances, visitors can view the area under the stage and see facilities such as the elevated runway, trap doors, and the revolving stage.

Address or Location 2102 Uchiko-cho uchiko Kita-gun, Ehime
Phone 0893-44-2840
Opening Hours 9:00 - 16:30 Closed from the end of the year to New Year holidays No backstage tours available when shows are performed.
Closed  
Fees 400 yen
URL  
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Garyu SansoEhime

Garyu Sanso

Garyu Sanso is the 9,900㎡ elegant villa located by the Hiji River in Ozu, the city known as "Little Kyoto in Iyo" (Iyo is the former name of Ehime). The site consists of Garyu-in (the main house), Furo-an (an annex), Chishin-an (a tea house) and the "borrowed landscape" garden where distant mountains and rivers come to form part of the garden. Come and appreciate the great architecture where you can feel the spirits of the master artisans of the Meiji period.

Address or Location 411-2 Ozu, Ozu-city, Ehime
Phone 0893-24-3759
Opening Hours 9:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:30)
Closed Open every day
Fees Adult 500yen, Child (under 15s) 200yen, Combination ticket for Garyu Santo and Ozu Castle: Adult 800yen, Child (under 15s) 300yen
URL http://www.garyusanso.jp
(Japanese only)
Transportation 25-minute walk from JR Iyo-Ozu station, 10-minute walk from Ozu-Honmachi bus stop on the Iyotetsu Nanyo Bus, 10-minute drive from Ozu IC

Iyo Railway "Botchan Train" Ehime

Iyo Railway

The Botchan Train captures the look and feel of the steam train known from "Botchan", one of the most popular novels of the prominent Japanese writer Soseki Natusme.

Steam locomotives used to be a familiar sight, but were eventually replaced by electric trains. However, the locals' strong desire for the train's restoration led to service resuming in 2001. They offer services between Okaido, the closest station to Matsuyama Castle, and Dogo Onsen hourly, so hop on board! It will be an unforgettable experience as you take in the nostalgic landscape of old Japan.

 

Address or Location  
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Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees 300 yen/ one ride
URL http://www.iyotetsu.co.jp/bus/busmap/english/
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Saijo Festival・Niihama Taiko FestivalEhime

Saijo Festival・Niihama Taiko Festival

【Saijo Festival】
The Saijo Matsuri, one of the largest festivals in Japan, is a continuing tradition of over 300 years. The festival is held every October. Giant wooden portable shrines called Danjiri (5 m tall, 700 kg) are carried by 20 men each, and more than 150 portable shrines including some outfitted with large taiko drums, are paraded through the city to the shrine. This lavish and gorgeous festival is like a picture from a storybook.

Address or Location Four shrines in Saijo City, Ehime
Phone 0897‐52‐1446(Saijo City)
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL  
Transportation Approx. 20 min by car from the Iyo Saijo Interchange. (Saijo Festival)


【Niihama Taiko Festival】
This dramatic festival is one of the major autumn festivals in Ehime prefecture. Centered on the three days from October 16 to 18, over fifty lavish taiko drum floats decorated with gold and silver tassels are paraded around the city on the backs of 150 men each. An exciting event during the festival is when the floats compete in a kaki kurabe where groups compete to see which group can lift their float for the longest amount of time.

Address or Location The whole Niihama City area (five districts) in Ehime
Phone 0897-65-1261(Niihama City)
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Closed  
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Tobe-yaki PotteryEhime

Tobe-yaki Pottery

Tobe-yaki pottery, with its white clay and blue patterns, is a nationally designated traditional craft in addition to being a prefectural intangible cultural asset. Thick, simple pieces with good durability are the staple of Tobe-yaki.

Address or Location Tobe-cho, Iyo-gun, Ehime
Phone 089-962-7288
Opening Hours 9:00 - 18:00
Closed  
Fees 400 yen
URL http://www.town.tobe.ehime.jp/index.html
(Japanese only)
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Ritsurin GardenKagawa

Ritsurin Garden

Set against the beautiful background of Mt. Shiun, this 75 hectare Japanese garden has been delighting visitors since its creation in the 17th century. In addition to the green of the pine trees, every step offers you different beauty of the landscape. Whether is be the subtle hues of cherry blossoms in spring, or the vibrant red leaves in autumn, both seasons create a picturesque atmosphere not to be missed. In both seasons, the trees are lit up, surrounding the garden fantastic atmosphere. In the garden you can try matcha (powdered green tea) in the tea house, or enjoy some rice porriage for breakfast at Hanazonotei. (Please make a reservation 7:00am to 10am) Japanese boat rides are provided on the garden's pond. The area is a favorite relaxation spot for the locals, and was also awarded a three-star rating by the Michelin Green Guide Japan in 2009. Show Detail

Address or Location 1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho Takamatsu, Kagawa
Phone 087-833-7411
Opening Hours Open sunrise to sunset, and at night when there are concerts or special events
Closed  
Fees Admission fee; 410 yen
URL http://ritsuringarden.jp/en.Top/en.top.html
Transportation From JR Takamatsu Station – 7 min. by car

Kagawa LacquerwareKagawa

Ritsurin Garden

Lacquer in Kagawa started with Zokoku Tamakaji, in the latter part of the Edo period (1600 - 1868), who brought information back to Japan from the Asian continent. A variety of lacquer goods are made, from large pieces of furniture to small bowls and other vessels. Five of the local techniques are nationally designated traditional crafts.

Address or Location Kagawa
Phone 087-841-9820 (Kagawa Lacquerware Industry Cooperative Association)
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Closed  
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HonjimaKagawa

Honjima

Honjima, in the centre of the Shiwaku Islands, developed as the home base of the Shiwaku Navy in the 12th to 17th centuries. The island's nostalgic glory days can be seen in several historical and cultural properties such as Shiwaku Kinbansho (the former government office), listed as an Important Cultural Property and Kasashima Town designated as an Important Historic Structure Group Preservation Zone. In recent years, Honjima serves as one of the locations for the Setouchi Triennale and attracts art lovers.

Address or Location Honjima-cho, Marugame-city, Kagawa
Phone 0877-27-3222 (Marugame Town Hall Honjima Community Centre)
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL  
Transportation 10-minute walk from JR Marugame station, then 20-minute high-speed ferry ride or 35-minute ferry ride from Marugame Port to Honjima

Marugame UchiwaKagawa

Marugame Uchiwa

Marugame clan makes three types of fans (uchiwa) which have become nationally designated traditional crafts. The Shibu-uchiwa, invented in 1633, the Medake Marue-uchiwa made since the 1780s, and the hirae-uchiwa developed in the 1880s.

Address or Location 307-15Minato-cho Marugame,Kagawa (Kagawa Paper-fan Industry Cooperative Association)
Phone 0877-24-7055 (Kagawa Paper-fan Industry Cooperative Association)
Opening Hours 9:30 - 16:30
Closed Monday December 28st to January 4th
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Yashima・Shikoku Mura VillageKagawa

Yashima

【 Yashima】
A lava plateau of an approx. altitude of 293 m,jutting into the Seto Inland Sea. It features a viewing platform that offers sights of an ancient battlefield below your eyes as well as a place where you can enjoy panorama of the Seto Inland Sea dotted with islands of various sizes.

Address or Location Yashimahigashimachi,Takamatsu City,Kagawa
Phone 087-841-9443 (Yashimasanjo Tourism Association)
Opening Hours Expressway 6:30~22:00
Closed  
Fees  
URL http://www.yashima-navi.jp/
(Japanese only)
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【 Shikoku Mura Village】
Slip back in time to the period between the 1600s and the early 1900s! Old traditional houses were transported and re-built here to create an outdoor museum where visitors can experience the old way of life.

Address or Location Yashima Naka-machi 91, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
Phone 087-843-3111
Opening Hours 8:30-18:00 (closes at 17:30 during November through March)
Closed  
Fees Adults: 800 yen, High school students: 500 yen, Elementary school/Junior high school students: 300 yen
URL http://www.shikokumura.or.jp/
(Japanese only)
Transportation Approx. 40 min by car from Takamatsu Airport. A 5-min walk from Yashima Station on the Kotoden Line. A 10-min walk from JR Yashima Station.

Awaodori KaikanTokushima

Awaodori Kaikan

Awaodori Kaikan is the facility where you can enjoy Awa Dance, which is considered to be one of the three most famous Bon dances in Japan. In the dance hall you will not only see the unique styles of Otoko Odori (male dance) and Onna Odori (female dance) performed in a double time rhythm, but also enjoy dancing on the stage yourself. Drums, flute and gongs are played in a rhythm and music created specifically for the dancers. The harmony of dance and sound create the art of Awa Dance. This is the real Japan! The facility attracts many overseas tourists by means of a museum which covers the history of the dance as well as a souvenir shop which carries a wide range of sweets, sake, traditional indigo dyeing products, and more! You can climb up Mt. Bi (Bizan) where you can command a view of the entire city.

Address or Location 2-20 Shinmachibashi Tokushima, Tokushima
Phone 088-611-1611
Opening Hours Day time stage: 11:00- (Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays), 14:00-, 15:00-, 16:00-(Everyday) Night time stage: 20:00 to 20:50 (Everyday)
Closed  
Fees Day time: 600 yen
Night time: 800 yen
URL http://www.awaodori-kaikan.jp/
(Japanese only)
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Wakimachi Udatsu StreetscapeTokushima

Wakimachi Udatsu Streetscape

Whitewashed firewalls called udatsu erected between two-storey buildings are a distinctive feature of this old-fashioned streetscape. It's the 28th streetscape to be designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and is among Japan's 100 picturesque streets.

Address or Location Oaza Wakimachi, Wakimachi, Mima City, Tokushima
Phone 0883-53-8599
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL  
Transportation One hour's drive from Tokushima Awa Odori Airport, seven minutes by taxi or bus from JR Anabuki Station, one minute's walk from Wakimachi Michi no Eki Bus Stop, approx. seven minutes by car from Wakimachi Highway Interchange.

Ai-no-Yakata (Aizumi-cho Historical Museum)Tokushima

Ai-no-Yakata (Aizumi-cho Historical Museum)

The museum used to be a dyer's residence and factory, exhibiting the history and process of the "Awa Aizome" (natural indigo dyeing). Feel free to join in the hands-on class for indigo dyeing and make your own handkerchief!

Address or Location 172 Aza Maezunishi, Tokumei, Aizumi-cho, Itano-gun, Tokushima
Phone 088-692-6317
Opening Hours 9:00-17:00 (class for indigo dyeing: 9:00-16:00)
Closed Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays), New Year's Holiday (December 28 to January 1)
Fees Adult 300yen, Student (ages 13-18) 200yen, Child (under 12s) 150yen (50yen p/p discount for a group over 20)
URL http://www.town.aizumi.tokushima.jp/ainoyakata/
(Japanese only)
Transportation 25-minute drive from Tokushima Awaodori Airport or from JR Tokushima station, 5-minute drive from Aizumi IC

Awa Jurobe Puppet Mansion and TheaterTokushima

Awa Jurobe Puppet Mansion and Theater

Awa Ningyo Joruri is a traditional performance art of Tokushima using puppets made of cypress wood. The lifelike movement of the dolls combined with traditional music is a unique entertainment experience.

Address or Location Miyajima Honura 184, Kawauchi-cho, Tokushima City, Tokushima
Phone 088-665-2202
Opening Hours 9:30-17:00 (extended to 18:00 from July 1st to August 31st)
Closed December 31st to January 3rd
Fees Adults: 410 yen, High school/College students: 300 yen, Elementary
school/Junior high school students: 200 yen
URL http://joruri.info/jurobe/
(Japanese only)
Transportation By car: Approx. 20 min from Tokushima Airport. Approx. 15 min from JR Tokushima Station. Approx. 5 min from Tokushima Interchange. Approx. 20 min from Naruto Interchange. By bus: Approx. 20 min by the Tokushima Municipal Bus Route 7 from the Tokushima Ekimae bus stop.

Otaniyaki (Otani Pottery)Tokushima

Otaniyaki (Otani Pottery)

With over 200 years of tradition, Otaniyaki pottery in Naruto has long been known for large water jars and pots. The industry started off making pots for indigo dyeing and transformed over time to produce a range of ceramics for daily use. Pottery tours and hands-on classes are available. A must-see is their signature potter's wheel known as a "Nerokuro".

Address or Location Otani, Oasa-cho, Naruto-city, Tokushima
Phone 088-689-0204 (Otani Pottery Association, OOASA Society of Commerce and Industry)
Opening Hours  
Closed  
Fees  
URL http://www.tsci.or.jp/ooasa/ootaniyaki.html
(Japanese only)
Transportation A few minutes' walk from Awa-Otani station on the JR Naruto Line

* This information is current as of March 2015. * Enquiries by phone or fax must be made in Japanese.

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