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Funaya Hotel, Matsuyama, Shikoku

When I traveled to Shikoku and visited Dogo Onsen, I had the chance to stay at Funaya Hotel in Matsuyama. It is where the Emperor and Crown Prince have stayed when they visited also. The hotel was a nice mixture of old and new architecture.…

Sakamoto Ryoma

I watched the NHK drama series, Ryomaden 龍馬伝, in 2010 and also the Jin drama on TBS last year, which both focused on the story of Sakamoto Ryoma, 坂本龍馬. I bought the DVD set for the first series of Ryomaden to watch it again. It is a…

Takamatsu, Shikoku

Takamatsu is the one of the gateway cities to Shikoku . Trains coming across the Seto Ohashi bridge as well as ferries coming from small islands and the main land, arrive at Takamatsu. It is an open planned city with beautiful parks and old…

Dougo Onsen, Shikoku

Dougo Onsen is located in Matsuyama, on the island of Shikoku. The Onsen is well sometimes referred to as Botchan Onsen in reference to its featuring in the novel by Natsume Soseki of that name. The Onsen has separate male and female baths…

Naruto Bridge, Shikoku

The Onaruto Bridge is located near Shikoku and is on the highway connecting Kobe with Tokushima. It spans from Tokushima to Awajishima. It is quite well known for the whirpools that are created by underwater ridges, which can be seen from…

Naoshima, Shikoku

Naoshima is a small island in the Setonaikai. It takes 20 minutes by Ferry from Uno, near Okayama or 40 minutes from Takamatsu, Shikoku. The island has become well known recently for its many works of art, both inside and outside and is the…

Shikoku Gift Shops

Whilst in Shikoku I saw lots of gifts for bringing back. The most popular items seemed to be Udon (Sanuki Udon in particular) and anything with Sudachi in it. What would you like as a gift from Shikoku ?

Shikoku Trip

I went on a trip to Shikoku recently and traveled around its 4 Prefectures of Kagawa-ken, Ehime-ken, Kochi-ken and Tokushima-ken. It was my first time to Shikoku and after being there just a few days I felt like I had traveled out of Japan,…

Japanese Food

On my recent trip to Shikoku I had some wonderful food, particularly produce from the Setonaikai. The taste of everything was fresh and the service was great. Often the food looked so good I ate it before taken a picture. Here are some…

Myoto Camphor Tree

When I was traveling around Shikoku I came across this great Camphor tree that is over 900 years old. That dates it back to around the year 1100. Imagine the history and battles that this tree has lived through to still be standing here…

Mt Bizan, Tokushima

Mount Bizan is very close to the center of Tokushima. You can ride the Bizan ropeway up part of the way and get a good view of the town. The ropeway starts inside the Awaodori Kaikan about 15 minutes walk from Tokushima Station.…

Shikoku Sunset

The shibuya246 has been down for a few days and I have only just managed to get it back up. The problem, basically, was hackers!! I have the main part of the site back up now and am checking the database files. Everything should be…