Uwajima Travel Guide

  • Warei Shrine
    Warei Shrine
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  • Local Train to Uwajima
    Local Train to Uwajima
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  • Uwajima Castle
    Uwajima Castle
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Uwajima Things to Do

  • Uwajima castle

    It's a bit of a hike up the hill, but at the top awaits Uwajima castle (宇和島城). Nothing special as far as castles go, and not especially remarkable, but interesting enough to visit if you are in town.

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  • Nanrakuen Garden

    Nanrakuen Garden is one of Japan's modern gardens. It opened in 1985. It was designed to be attractive in every season and there are even markers that are supposed to be good views during each of the four seasons.I didn't know much about the garden before I went, but when I got there, I was really impressed. The landscape was so beautiful and the...

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  • Uwajima Castle

    Uwajima Castle is one of Japan's 12 original castles. The castle was completed in 1601. The keep that you see today dates back to 1666 when it was rebuilt by Munetoshi Date. The castle has other important buildings, as well, such as the arms storehouse (the yamazato soko) which dates back to 1845. This building was moved to its current location...

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  • Tenshaen Garden

    Tenshaen dates back to 1866. It was built by Munetada Date, the local daimyo. The garden features a teahouse for tea ceremonies and the Harusame-tei where where the daimyo enjoyed doing calligraphy. In the center of the garden is a pond. There are small bamboo groves on the edge of the pond. It is said that Munetada Date loved bamboo.The wisteria...

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  • Taga Shrine

    Taga Shrine is a fertility shrine. This is made evident by the phallic objects scattered about the shrine precints. The most obvious are the small *** in front of a tanuki statue and the large one resting on the side of the shrine's main building. Look further however, and you'll find these are not all. If you look at the shape and heads of the...

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  • Warei Shrine

    Warei Shrine was built in 1653 to appease the soul of Yanbe Sebe, the former lord of Uwajima, because after his death, it is said that those connected to his death began to die suddenly and from strange causes.The shrine has also become a shrine for fishermen to pray for a good catch and safe voyage. The torii gate is said to be the largest stone...

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Uwajima Hotels

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  • Uwajima Daiichi Hotel

    1-3-9 Chuocho, Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, 798-0040, Japan

    Good for: Business

  • Clement Uwajima Hotel

    10 1 Nishikimachi, Uwajima, Japan, 798 0034, JP

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Uwajima Oriental Hotel

    6-10 Tsurushimacho, Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, 798-0033, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Uwajima Transportation

  • Getting to Uwajima

    Uwajima is easiest to reach by using the Limited Express Uwakai Train, which travels from Matsuyama. It allows you to reach Uwajima in less than 1.5 hours. From the mainland, you can get an express train from Okayama to Matsuyama and then change trains there. From Kochi, you can take a limited express train to Kubokawa, but from there you must...

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  • Southwards

    There are also buses and trains that head southwards towards Kochi prefecture.The frequency isn't that great (every couple of hours) due to the sparseness of the population, nor are the trains fast, but travelling around this part of Japan is great fun.

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  • From Matsuyama

    There are express trains and also buses to Uwajima from Matsuyama. The bus is cheaper, but slower. Both tend to be hourly in frequency.

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