Uwajima - Shimanto Dandan Kaido  (Mima to Towa) Uwajima - Shimanto Dandan Kaido  (Mima to Towa)

Uwajima - Shimanto Dandan Kaido
(Mima to Towa)

Uwajima - Shimanto Dandan Kaido (Mima to Towa)

【38.1km】Streak through Uwajima mountains to Shimanto riverside

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Route Introduction

This route starts by heading east from the mountainous area in the north of Uwajima and then follows the Shimanto Dandan Kaido from the middle section that follows the source of the Shimanto River. There are two routes available, of which we will introduce the beginner’s route at a length of 38.1 kilometers. The route provides views of vast nature and beautiful idyllic country life.

The starting point, the Mima Road Station, is just 750 meters from JR Muden Station on the Yodo Line. The route climbs mountain paths accompanied by the fragrance of the dense forest in the first half, and then parallels the Shimanto River from the central section down a long gradual slope. The clarity of the waters at the source of the Shimanto River are sure to leave an impression on you. In hotter weather you might even want to refresh yourself in the river, but be aware that the current can be rapid in some places, so caution is required.

Seen on the map, the route may seem challenging due to its path through the deep mountains. However, whatever happens along the route, you can always stop mid journey and take the train the rest of the way, as a bicycle friendly train is currently operating on a trial basis along the JR Yodo Line. JR Matsumaru Station also features its own hot spring, making this a fun route for beginners.

TOTAL 38.1 km

Highlights

Route attraction

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【Point 15km】Mori-no-kuni Poppo Hot Spring

【Point 15km】Mori-no-kuni Poppo Hot Spring

This natural hot spring complete with outside bath can be found on the second floor of JR Matsumaru Station. Both the wood decorated Meiji-no-yu (Meiji Bath) and the Nametoko-no-yu modelled after the Nametoko Canyon will both surely relax your body and mind. There is also a free foot bath, so we recommend this place for a short break on your trip as well.

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【Point30.5km】Hage Low-Water Bridge

【Point30.5km】Hage Low-Water Bridge

There are numerous low-water bridges spanning the Shimanto River that serve as popular tourist attractions, but the less well known Hage low-water bridge upstream has relatively fewer visitors, making it a rare spot you can take your time at. You can take a seat on the bridge and enjoy the sounds of the rippling and splashing water flowing underneath that is sure to refresh your mood.

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SPOT 1

Roadside Station Mima

Roadside Station Mima

Fresh local vegitables and rice can be found at this roadside station, Mima. Pick up some local souvenirs here, or eat at the delicious buffet style restaurant Aze-michi no Hana, which features dishes made with local vegetables. Bentos are also available for those who want to get something to go.

Address
180-1 Muden, Mima-cho, Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture
Phone
0895-58-1122
Hours & Holiday
Market:9am - 6pm, Buffet:11am - 2pm, Open every day

SPOT 2

Eel Rice Box of Suehiro

Eel Rice Box of Suehiro

Suhe-hiro is a restaurant that serves wild eel taken from one of the clearest streams in all of Japan, Shimanto River. Compared to farmed eels, wild eels have a firmer texture and are more moist. In addition, eel doesn't have as much of a raw scent as other kinds of fish. Even if you are not usually a fan of seafood, you might enjoy this particular dish.

Address
488 Matsumaru, Matsuno-cho, Kitauwa-gun, Ehime Prefecture
Phone
0895-42-0156
Hours & Holiday
11:30am - 2pm, 6pm - 7:30pm, Available only 4/1 - 9/30 and depends on wether, Accommodation is open every day is

SPOT 3

Roadside Station Niji-no-Mori Park Matsuno

Roadside Station Niji-no-Mori Park Matsuno

While most road stations are just places to eat, rest, and buy local goods and souvenirs, Niji-no-mori Matsuno offers a different experience. Here you can find aquariums where fish from Shimanto River, otters, and even penguins are raised and cared for in captivity. Fresh tomato picking is available to visitors to try, in addition to a variety of other fun and relaxing activities.

Address
Matsumaru District, Matsuno-cho, Kitauwa-gun / Tomioka District
Phone
0895-20-5006
Hours & Holiday
10qm - 5pm, Market:Opens 7am, Closed on Wednesdays

SPOT 4

Mori-no-Kuni Glass Workshop Kazane

Mori-no-Kuni Glass Workshop Kazane

With a collection of glass art from all over the world as well as a glass blowing workshop, Kazane is a great place to enjoy both looking and doing. Visitors can also see the production of glass made from recycled materials, a fascinating process.

Address
1510-1 Nobinono, Matsuno-cho, Kitauwa-gun, Ehime Prefecture(Roadside Station Nijinomori Park Matsunouchi)
Phone
0895-20-5006
Hours & Holiday
10am - 5pm, Closed on Wednesdays

SPOT 5

Mori-no-kuni Poppo Hot Spring

Mori-no-kuni Poppo Hot Spring

This natural hot spring bath house, complete with outdoor bath, can be found on the second floor of JR Matsumaru Station. With unique baths such as the wooden Meiji-no-yu and the Nametoko-no-yu which is modelled after the Nametoko Canyon, this is a great place to relax both mind and body. There is also a free foot bath, perfect for a short break from walking around.

Address
1661-13 Matsumaru, Matsuno-cho, Kitauwa-gun, Ehime Prefecture
Phone
0895-20-5526
Hours & Holiday
10am - 10pm, Closed every 2nd Mondays, Closed 1st Monday only in August

SPOT 6

Ruins of Kawagomori Castle

Ruins of Kawagomori Castle

On this hill, surrounded by three tributaries of the Shimanto River, there once stood the largest mountain-top castle in Ehime prefecture. Learning about how castle designers used geographic features to their advantage back then will surely capture your curiosity.

Address
Matsumaru Tomioka District, Matsuno-cho, Kitauwa District, Ehime Prefecture

SPOT 7

Hage Low-Water Bridge

Hage Low-Water Bridge

There are numerous low-water bridges spanning the Shimanto River that have become popular tourist attractions. The lesser-known Hage low-water bridge, however, still has relatively few visitors, making it a nice place to go to avoid the crowds. You can take a seat on the bridge and enjoy the sounds of the river flowing below, a tranquil experience that is sure to calm the soul.

Address
Nishitosahage, Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture
Phone
0880-35-4171

SPOT 8

Shimanto Minecart (Yodo Line Brothers)

Shimanto Minecart (Yodo Line Brothers)

This bright yellow trolley runs through the vivid green and blue scenery of Shimanto River. These former freight cars were repurposed as passenger cars, giving them a resutic, warm feeling. The open-air style train provides a refreshing breeze to passengers, and the scent of Shimanto River will fill you will a sense of appreciation for nature.

Service section
Uwajima Station-Kubokawa Station

SPOT 9

Kaiyodo Hobby Train "Swarming Kappa" (Yodo Line Brothers)

Kaiyodo Hobby Train

With its eccentric appearance, this trolley was designed by a world-famous maker of characters figurines, Kaiyodo. The design has been updated several times, and as of 2019, the third generation trolly is now in active duty. This iteration takes as its theme the word Kappa, a Japanese mythical creature said to live in rivers. The train is filled with Kappa designs, on both the inside and the outside.

Service section
Uwajima Station-Kubokawa Station

SPOT 10

Railway Hobby Train (Yodo Line Brothers)

Railway Hobby Train (Yodo Line Brothers)

This trolley resembles the Series 0, the first train to run on Japan's famous highspeed railway, the Shinkansen. Because of this stark resembancel, this trolly has been given the nickname of "The Slowest Shinkansen in Japan". As for the interior, you can find actual seats that were used around the time of the Series 0, and miniature models that depict the history of railway development in Japan.

Service section
Uwajima Station-Kubokawa Station

SPOT 11

Quaterme Hosenbou

Quaterme Hosenbou

This health resort adopts a theraputic treatment method called balneotherapy. The balneo-pool consists of 14 elements such as lanes for walking, jet streams, and outdoor bubble baths. A relaxing bath surranded by the nature of Oku-Iyo will surely give you a feeling of deep refreshment. At the cafeteria, local Shirokawa bacon bowls come highly recommended.

Address
46 Takanoko, Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture
Phone
0894-83-0200
Hours & Holiday
10am - 9pm, Closed on Tuesdays

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Roadside Station Shimanto Towa

Roadside Station Shimanto Towa

Road station Shimanto-Towa appears along National Highway 381 as it reaches eastward. Located next to the Shimanto River, the road station restaurant faces the river, giving it a refreshing and cool atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy dining with terrace-style seating, or having an ice cream or a drink on the riverside.

Address
62-9 Towakawaguchi, Shimanto, Takaoka District, Kochi Prefecture
Phone
0880-28-5421
Hours & Holiday
8:30am - 5pm, Open every day
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Kickoff point for this route

Start Point

Roadside Station Mima

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    • By car
      Approximately 70 minutes ride from Matsuyama IC
    • By train
      Take a ride from JR Matsuyama Station to JR Uwajima Station (ride of about 70 minutes), then transfer to the Yodo Line. Step off at JR Suden Station, and there will be another 10 minutes walk from station.
    • By bus
      Approximately 100 minutes ride from Matsuyama Airport with direct access

End Point

Roadside Station Shinan-Towa

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    • By train
      Approximately 11 minutes ride by bicycle from JR Tokawa Station
      ※On weekends and holidays, you can board on the train with your bicycle for the Yosan-sen Cycle Train will be in service (Service available until 2020/2/29, please check operating date to be sure)

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