Top things to do in Uwajima

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Uwajima

Taga-jinja & Sex Museum

Once upon a time, many Shintō shrines had a connection to fertility rites. Of those that remain, Taga-jinja is one of the best known. The grounds of the shrine have a few tree-trunk phalluses and numerous statues an…
Top Choice Seafood in Uwajima


This restaurant, just off the arcade, is an elegant spot to try the local tai (sea bream) specialities, available here as a tai-meshi gozen (sea bream set course; ¥1880). There is a picture menu, and plenty of small…
Castle in Uwajima


Dating from 1601, Uwajima-jō is a small three-storey castle on an 80m-high hill in the centre of town. The present structure was rebuilt in 1666 by the daimyō (regional lord) Date Munetoshi. The donjon (main keep) i…
Bakery in Uwajima

Boulangerie Riz

Heavenly, light and crisp pastries and breads made with rice flour (50% – not gluten-free) are the house speciality at this bakery along the Kisaiya Road (きさいやロ−ド) shopping arcade. Enjoy a simple breakfast at the co…
Asian in Uwajima

Cafe Penguin Hotel

Hotel… no, cafe… yes! Despite its name, you can't stay here. This cosy lunch spot offers lovingly prepared meals of pan-Asian cuisine, from bulgogi (Korean grilled beef) to Thai curry, served in an airy and peaceful…
Museum in Uwajima

Date Museum

The well-presented exhibits at the excellent Date Museum are dedicated to the Date family, who ruled Uwajima from the castle for 250 years during the Tokugawa period. The explanations are mostly in Japanese, but a l…
Izakaya in Uwajima


This izakaya has been serving up local food for over 70 years. If you request kyōdo ryōri (郷土料理) – meaning 'local cuisine' – the friendly owner should unlock his secrets. There's usually an English-speaker on hand t…
Park in Uwajima


Shiroyama-kōen is the park surrounding Uwajima-jō; it's a pleasant place for a stroll, though get ready for some climbing and descending as it's steep in places.