This Japan prefecture is a lesser known oasis of relaxation and impeccable cuisine
If you've already embarked on the Golden Route, also known as the old Tōkaidō road from Tokyo to Kyoto, you might want to consider exploring Ehime the next time you visit Japan.
While less bustling than its counterparts, the prefecture, which literally means "lovely princess" in Japanese, is rich with history, culture, and the traditional spirit of hospitality. Plus, its warm and mild climate makes it a breeze to travel anytime of the year.
Here are seven ways to discover this up and coming gem:
3. Cycle along the sea route
The best way to see Ehime like a local, isn’t by foot or car. Instead, try cycling along the Shimanami Sea Route, which connects the islands in the Seto Island Sea between Hiroshima and Ehime via nine bridges.
The total length of the route is 60km, with picturesque seasonal views created by the sea, sky, islands and bridges. With 14 bicycle rental terminals along the route, one can easily rent a ride.