Newsletter 001 Column Ehime English

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This article is about Ehime Prefecture.

 

Mt. Ishizuchi (1,982m high) is the highest mountain in the Shikoku area and one of the Seven Spirit Mountains of Japan. I heard that the view from the top is superb so I decided to go there.

 

The beginning of my journey:

 

First, I crossed the river. It was foggy because it was early in the morning.

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When I arrived at Mt. Ishizuchi, the fogs have disappeared and the sight was clear.Went up the stone steps…

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I continued to walk along the uncharted trail.

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There are hazards around and so many ways to get hurt if I slip off. I continued climbing the mountain while thinking that nobody would be able to help me if I slipped off.

One and a half hours later…

 

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…..!!??!?

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Am I hallucinating!?

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No, I wasn’t hallucinating….

With a height of about 70 meters, the inclination is almost vertical.

As shown in the photo, there is no safety belt, but only a chain.

“To be, or not to be” that is the question. (by Hamlet)

It is going round and round in my head like a merry-go-round.

Anyways, I decided to climb.  It was extremely tough though I managed to climb.

Finally at the summit!

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I was looking forward to the “superb view”, but…

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What the….FOG!!!

I could not see anything because the fog!

Oh well, it seems that you can only see such a scenery if it is sunny.

 

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Superb view indeed!

Reference: iyokan net http://iyokannet.jp/front/spot/detail/place_id/413/

After this, I’m off to Kouchi Prefecture.

In addition, other famous tourist spots in Ehime Prefecture:

 

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  1. Imabari city

Local mascot “Bary-san”

バリー

 

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View from the Imabari station.

This area is known for Towel production.

 

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Imabari castle.

 

  1. Matsuyama city – the capital of the prefecture in Ehime

 

Matsuyama castle and Dogo hot spring are very famous though I recommend the Yuzuki castle ruins.

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Yuzuki castle ruins.

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Iyomatsuyama castle. One of the existing castle towers.

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Dogo hot springs.

  1. Uchiko

 

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Uchiko-za (Place for seeing Kabuki performance)

 

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Shaved ice

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Chosen as one of the 100 best beautiful views in Japan.

  1. Iyo ozu

Iyo ozu station

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Ozu castle

 

  1. Uwajima

 

Uwajima castle (One of the existing castle towers) and bullfight are famous.

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Local train

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Uwajima station

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Uwajima castle

 

That’s all. I hope you enjoyed reading this article.

 

I would be very glad to hear your comments/opinions.