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About Ehime

Must Know Ehime Prefecture

Area & History

The name of Ehime prefecture originates with the name of a goddess who appears in the Kojiki myths, the oldest extant text in Japan, written 1,300 years ago.

Located in the north west of Shikoku in Japan, Ehime is sandwiched between the abundant nature of sea and mountain, surrounded by the over 200 beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea on one side, and the mountainous area of Shikoku featuring Mount Ishizuchi, the tallest peak in western Japan at 1,982 meters, towards the south on the border with the neighboring Kochi prefecture.

Ehime is warm throughout the year with lower rainfall, fewer typhoons, and less snow accumulation than other parts of Japan, making it the ideal mild climate for cycling.

In Matsuyama, the cultural center of Ehime and the largest city in Shikoku, one can see how the city has long prospered from the availability of the bounty of both sea and mountain from the many historically and culturally important buildings that survive there, such as Matsuyama Castle and the original main building of the Dogo Onsen.

Travel to EHIME

Means of transport in Ehime

There are numerous ways to get to Ehime, including by air, train, highway bus, and ferry. There are plenty of services helpful for cyclists as well, so you are sure to be able to experience the cycling tour just right for you.

By Plane (Domestic flights)

By Plane (Domestic flights)

Domestic flights in and out of Matsuyama Airport connect with nine destinations including Sapporo, Haneda, Narita, Itami, Kansai, Chubu, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and Okinawa. See the link below for details.
Matsuyama Airport includes a Cycle Station and changing rooms. There is also a service to temporarily store the shipping box you carried your bicycle in, allowing you to start enjoying cycling as soon as you arrive at the airport.

By Train

By Train

Ehime can be accessed conveniently by rail, including the JR-West bullet trains and JR Shikoku express trains, from neighboring cities and prefectures including Hiroshima, Okayama on the mainland and Takamatsu, Tokushima, and Kochi in Shikoku.
Passengers on JR Shikoku are allowed to load up their bicycles folded into bicycle bags free of charge. There are even “cycle trains” on sections of the Iyotetsu line of JR Shikoku where passengers can carry their bicycles onboard as is. See the link below for details.

By Express Bus

By Express Bus

Highway buses to Ehime depart from such cities as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Fukuyama, Okayama, Takamatsu, Kochi, and Tokushima. See the link below for details.

By ferry (including high-speed ferry)

By ferry (including high-speed ferry)

Ferry, including high-speed ferry, is a convenient option for travelers from Hiroshima (Hiroshima, Kure), Fukuoka (Kokura), and Oita (Beppu, Usuki, Saganoseki). Ferries from Hiroshima and Fukuoka connect with the Matsuyama Tourist Port, while those from Oita provide access to Yawatahama Port and Misaki Port. Those planning to bring their bikes should take the ferry.

Why "CYCLING EHIME"?

Here are some of the initiatives going on in Ehime in their effort to promote the use of bicycles as a Cycling Paradise.

The Shimanami Kaido is like a sacred route for cyclists connecting Ehime and Hiroshima prefectures.

The Shimanami Kaido is like a sacred route for cyclists connecting Ehime and Hiroshima prefectures.

The Shimanami Kaido is Japan’s number one cycling highway visited by countless cyclists from all throughout Japan and the world.

This highway connects the six islands of the Seto Inland Sea via seven massive bridges, and the shortest route to the end is roughly 70 kilometers. However, because there are so many interesting sights to see along the way, the route transform and exceed 100 kilometers if you ride along the shorelines of each of the islands.

Features the dedicated cycling path Blue Line that serves as a guidepost for cyclists.

Features the dedicated cycling path Blue Line that serves as a guidepost for cyclists.

The Blue Line is a blue colored guide line that runs on the left side of roads for automotive traffic. In addition to providing an easy to understand route guide for cyclists, it also makes for a safer and more comfortable ride by letting car drivers know there is a cycling route there.

Cycle Oasis are full featured rest areas especially for cyclists.

Cycle Oasis are full featured rest areas especially for cyclists.

There are over 300 Cycle Oasis rest areas for cyclists in Ehime Prefecture. Cycle Oasis feature essential facilities for your cycling, including free air for your tires, water (drinking water including tap water), bathrooms, rest facilities, and useful information on cycling. Look for this mark.

Visit Cycle Rescue when you have trouble on your trip

Visit Cycle Rescue when you have trouble on your trip

Look for the Cycle Rescue logo when you have trouble on your trip.
There are also businesses that will give you transportation to and from bicycle shops and handle simple repairs such as flat tires.

E-Bikes are an easy way for beginners to enjoy cycling.

E-Bikes are an easy way for beginners to enjoy cycling.

E-bikes are sports models of electric assist bicycles that help you enjoy long distances and hills more comfortably. We recommend them for those who want to try the challenge of cycling on the Shimanami Kaido but are not sure if they have the strength and endurance. They can be ridden by cyclists of all ages.

Cycling Tips

Articles to help with your cycling

Just For Fun
Basic Cycling Tips to Make Your Trip to Matsuyama and the Dogo Onsen More Enjoyable! Basic Cycling Tips to Make Your Trip to Matsuyama and the Dogo Onsen More Enjoyable!

Matsuyama, situated in the middle of Ehime Prefecture, is a popular destination for tourists with Matsuyama Castle, great dining, and the Dogo Onsen which is said to have a 3,000 year history. The area is also known as the location for the novel “Botchan” by Natsume Sōseki. Bus and trolley service is available within the Matsuyama city center and is used by many tourists, but adding bicycles to that mix is sure to make any trip even more enjoyable.

Fun & Fitness
What are the Recommended Dining Options for Cyclists in Ehime? We Asked Japan’s Leading Sports Nutritionist! What are the Recommended Dining Options for Cyclists in Ehime? We Asked Japan’s Leading Sports Nutritionist!

What sort of nutrition to cyclists need? When we asked Suzuki-san that question, her curt reply was that “You misunderstand nutrition!”. What does she mean by that? We asked Suzuki-san, who visits Ehime every year, which Ehime cuisine options are recommended for cyclists.

Challenging
Cycling Spots in Ehime Recommended by Pro Riders Motoshi Kadota and Yasuaki Nishiyama Cycling spots in Ehime recommended by pro riders Motoshi Kadota and Yasuaki Nishiyama

Today we interviewed Motoshi Kadota, a professional mountain bike rider knowledgeable about Ehime Prefecture, and Yasuaki Nishiyama, a new rising athlete who races with Kadota, about their ideas on the most comfortable routes to ride, the most motivating uphill rides, and the most motivating off road routes.

Cycling Infomation

Plenty of information to help with cycling in Ehime!

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