Nankobo was originally built during the 8th century. Much of the temple grounds were burned during air raids in World War II, but the Yakushido and Konpirado were not damaged, so they date back to the Edo Period. The temple grounds are rather small and would probably not warrant much attention except that Nankobo is the 55th temple of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, so many people visit the temple. It is famous among pilgrims as the only temple in the pilgrimage to not have its last character written as 'temple'. Instead, it ends in 'bo' which is said to come from the grounds formerly being made up of the priest's living quarters.
Imabari Castle is the focal point of the city. The castle originally had three moats surrounding it, but today it has a single moat connected to the sea. The moat is filled with sea water brought in from the Seto Inland Sea. The inside of the castle is a museum, and the top of the castle provides and amazing view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea
The Nibukawa Hot Spring is a natural hot spring in the mountains near Imabari. It's waters have traditionally been known for their curative properties. Even without these beneficial curative properties, a soak in the hot spring water is incredibly relaxing. The Dogo Onsen is supposed to be the oldest hot springs resort in Japan. The main building is a wooden bath house built in the late 1800s. For more information:
The Third Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, the fourteenth longest suspension bridge in the world, connects Mashima island and Shikoku Island. The bridge is part of the bigger Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project connecting Honshu Island with Shikoku Island. On a sunny day, it is fun to bike across the bridge. The view of the Seto Inland Sea and the surrounding islands is spectacular. I'd give it a miss in bad weather.
It's hard to know what to say about this magical place. The extreme scale of the views in all directions, the breathtaking engineering of the vast bridges - one of which - Kurushima- is the 14th longest in the world, the constantly changing light from the sea, the terrifying currents that keep even experienced masters on the bridge, the freshness of the air and of the local fish (made the more tasty by having to swim so hard), the sense of timelessness as the clouds and tides swirl as they have always done.