Komatsu Town 小松町

Description

Komatsu Town has a population of about 10,000.


Location / Access / Transport

Komatsu is located east of Matsuyama in the mountain regions of Saijo area.

  • By train: (from Matsuyama) – from Matsuyama one hour 15 minutes/1500yen
  • By bus: (from Matsuyama) – Iyo-Komatsu one hour 45 minutes local/1420yen

Shopping

  • Grocery stores
  • Kimono shop
  • Bakery etc
  • Yoshino mochi

Dining Out

  • Marubun – excellent Italian
  • Azuyama – izakaya with great food and atmosphere
  • Ramen shops etc

Leisure

  • Tsubaki onsen

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights



Saijo City 西条市

Description

Saijo City prides itself on its delicious spring water, sacred mountains and exuberant festival.

Websites – http://www.city.saijo.ehime.jp (Japanese)
http://www.city.saijo.ehime.jp/english/index.htm


Location / Access / Transport

Saijo sits in the eastern part of Ehime.

  • By train: Both local and express trains pass through Saijo from Matsuyama/Imabari toward Takamatsu/Okayama (approx. 1.5 hrs from Imabari by express train)

Nightlife

  • Bellinis Ballroom is located on the main street from Saijo Station. Walk out of the station and straight down the main road and Bellinis is on your left just before the intersection with the CircleK and Iyo Bank. They have a great cocktail menu with regular frozen specials, plus freshlymade pizzas, burgers from the Balcony BBQ and top nachos. All washed down with Bass andPaulaner beer on tap. Once a month they host The Free Session – a night where musicians and artists can get together.

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Saijo’s spring water is known as ‘uchinuki’, and was chosen to be one of the best 100 water resources in Japan. Uchinuki can be seen everywhere in the central part of the city, and the ‘Aqua Route’ running through the town areas is the ideal excursion course, which allows you to admire the relics of the Saijo Clan castle town and the surrounding freshwater fish and flowers.
  • Being the highest mountain in western Japan, Mt Ishizuchi has been numbered among Japan’s seven sacred mountains since ancient times. With part of the range designed for a quasi-national park, its seasonal beauty and alpine plans make it a welcoming sanctuary for nature-loving visitors.
  • Saijo Festival (October 14th – 17th) is the biggest event in the town. Over 80 danjiris (portable shrines which weigh about 80kg) take part in all-day procession; make their way from local shrines down to Kamogawa River for the Festival’s grand finale. The intensity of the Festival resembles a unique and magnificient picture scroll.


Tanbara Town 長浜町

Description

Tanbara is a small township with a population of about 13,000.


Location / Access / Transport

Tanbara is located in the Saijo area on the Eastern coastline of Ehime.

  • By train: Train to Nyugawa (Toyo) and taxi to Tanbara or BUS
  • By bus: (from Matsuyama) – Iyo-Komatsu one hour 45 minutes local/1420 yen

Shopping

  • Two grocery stores.

Dining Out

  • Good Korean/yakiniku restaurant

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Lots of oysters
  • Nice countryside and shrines
  • Fun park
  • Check out the Cultural Building