Matsuyama City, Ehime Pref.
Celebrating the 1200th anniversary of the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ohenro is a local travel program produced by ufotable, the anime studio that founded the MACHI★ASOBI anime event. Episodes 23 to 35 talks about Ehime Prefecture. As many temples along this section of the pilgrimage run along the coastline, the best way to explore them is by bicycle. The hot spring introduced in Episode 32 “Bring me to the hot spring, please!” is another highlight not to be missed. As Mao, Chiwa, and Megumi completes more than half of their journey, they have gradually grown into Shikoku pilgrimage experts.
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Sightseeing Spot in This Area
Ehime Prefecture is home to 26 of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, covering Temple 40, Kanjizaiji, to Temple 65, Sankakuji. Many temples in the Ehime course are located in hot springs areas. Recorded in the ancient Japanese history text, Nihon Shoki, Dogo Onsen is a hot spring with a 3000-year history. The symbolic main building “Dogo Onsen Honkan” (as pictured) carries profound historical significance and is the first public bathhouse to be on the list of Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Matsuyama Castle, also called “Kinki Castle” (Golden Turtle Castle) and “Katsuyama Castle”, is one of twelve castles in Japan that still has a main tenshu castle tower. The castle houses 21 structures that were designated Important Cultural Properties in Japan. The steam locomotive “Botchan Train”, named after Soseki Natsume’s novel of the same name, has converted to use diesel power to protect the environment.