Introducing Ehime Prefecture
Occupying the western region of Shikoku, Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県) has the largest number of pilgrimage temples – 27 of them, to be precise. Like Tosa, the southern part of the prefecture has always been considered wild and remote; by the time pilgrims arrive in Shikoku's largest city, Matsuyama, they know that the hard work has been done. There are large clusters of temples around Matsuyama and the Shimanami Kaidō bridge system, which links Shikoku with Honshū and makes for a spectacular bike ride.
Prefectural highlights are the immaculately preserved feudal castle and historic Dōgo Onsen in Matsuyama, and the sacred peak of Ishizuchi-san (1982m), the tallest mountain in western Japan.