Travelers seeking a relaxed, remote retreat should visit Ehime Prefecture in the rustic Shikoku region, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. On its south-west coast, Uwajima lies gracefully placed between mountain and sea with awesome scenery, including a rare original castle.Uwajima CastleUwajima Castle is one of only 12 remaining Japanese castles with the main tower built before the end of the Edo period. The castle appears square, but it’s a pentagon, with a secret escape side. It was completed in 1601 by master architect Takatora Todo, who also designed Tokyo’sEdo Castle.Surrounded b...
Widely considered one of the best cycling routes in the world, the easily accessible Shimanami Kaido offers stunning natural views, local delicacies and, of course, great exercise.What to expectThe 70-km Shimanami Kaido connects the quaint city of Onomichi, in HiroshimaPrefecture, with Imabari, EhimePrefecture. The route crosses six islands in the Seto Inland Sea on its journey from Japan’s main island to the smaller island region of Shikoku. For those who don’t want to cycle, the route is also open to walkers, and a 60-km toll road (about 5,000 yen one way) that diverges from the cycling rout...