EHIME prefecture is a region with a mild climate, which is located in the Sikoku Island (one of the four biggest island in Japan, located in south west of the Main Island of Japan). Blessed with rich nature such as the highest mountain in western Japan, it is also famous for its rich history and various cultural properties.
Dōgo Hot Spring main building: Dōgo Hot Spring, also known as Dōgo Onsen, is said to have more than three thousand years of history, and is known nationwide as the oldest hot spring in Japan. The Dōgo Hot Spring main building, a symbol of the hot spring area, is a public bath built in 1894, and was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1994, on occasion of the 100th anniversary of its construction. It is also known that this building appeared in “Botchan,” a novel written by one of the greatest novelists in Japan, NATSUME Sōseki.
Mikan oranges: Ehime Prefecture is known as one of the major production areas of mikan oranges or formally Citrus unshiu, in Japan. Ehime’s production volume of the whole citrus fruits, including mikan oranges, amounts to about 220 thousand tons per year, which is the largest of all the prefectures in Japan. In addition, a blossom of the mikan orange is designated as a blossom of the prefecture.
(Obverse design: Dōgo Hot Spring main building and mikan oranges)
<![endif]–>Capital City: Matsuyama
Population in 2010 (thousands): 1,415
Area (square km): 5,679