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  • 1. Isamu Noguchi Teien Bijutsukan


    A wonderland of indoor and outdoor sculpture both playful and profound, this facility occupies the former studio and grounds of the Japanese...Read More

  • 2. Ishite-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A 15-minute walk from Dogo Onsen, Ishite Temple is Shingon Buddhism at play. Half serene pilgrimage destination, half ancient Buddhist-themed...Read More

  • 3. Japanese Wax Museum and Kamihaga Residence


    The former residence of the Kamihaga family, which established the city's wax industry, is now a well-maintained museum. Exhibits here explain...Read More

  • 4. Makino Shokubutsuen


    Planted in honor of Kochi botanist Tomitaro Makino, this Eden-like valley of flowers and trees lies hidden atop Mt. Godaisan. Different trails...Read More

  • 5. Ritsurin-koen


    Built by a feudal lord in the 17th century, this garden became public property after the 19th-century Meiji Restoration and is now a registered...Read More

  • 6. 007 Museum


    In contrast to the serious contemporary art elsewhere on the island, this hole-in-the-wall museum exhibits James Bond paraphernalia collected...Read More

  • 7. Art House Project

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The artists of the Art House Project have transformed seven structures or sites in the Honmura district that were abandoned as islanders departed...Read More

  • 8. Awa Odori Kaikan


    If you miss summer's Awa Odori dance, festival you can still get a dose at this museum and theater. Odori means "dance," and silk-robed...Read More

  • 9. Awa Washi Dento


    Trek out to this paper museum also known as Washi Kaikan to make your own postcards and browse the phenomenal gift shop, which stocks everything...Read More

  • 10. Benesse House Museum


    Site-specific installations can be seen from the road leading to this top-class contemporary art museum. Inside, full-length windows illuminate...Read More

  • 11. Botchan Sutajiamu

    Sports Venue

    For an affordable taste of Japan's baseball mania, take in a game of Ehime's minor-league baseball team, the Mandarin Pirates. Even more fun...Read More

  • 12. Chichu Bijutsukan


    Chichu means "inside the earth," and this museum built into a hillside overlooking Naoshima's south coast lives up to its name. Designed by...Read More

  • 13. Chiiori House

    Building/Architectural Site

    Alex Kerr, an American artist and writer, stumbled across this dilapidated traditional farmhouse in the 1970s while traveling in Iya. He bought...Read More

  • 14. Chikurin-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Buddhist pilgrims had been communing with nature in the garden of this austere mountaintop temple long before the giant ferns moved in next...Read More

  • 15. Dogo Onsen

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Tell people you're heading to Matsuyama, and Dogo Onsen will be the first place they recommend. These hot springs have been the city's top attraction...Read More

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  • 16. Ehime Museum of Art


    The permanent collection of this museum occupying a modern city-center building isn't that big, but the selection of recent Japanese art is...Read More

  • 17. Hakata Salt Company Omishima Factory

    Commercial District

    For centuries Hakata Island has been famous for its high-quality salt, and the Hakata Salt Company offers daily, free, self-guided tours of...Read More

  • 18. Harimaya-bashi


    This arched red bridge is at the center of Kochi's best-known story, a tragic tale about a Buddhist priest caught buying a hairpin for a lover...Read More

  • 19. Hirome-ichiba


    The best place to mingle with locals is at the Hirome-ichiba Market. The busy market sells interesting pottery, jewelry, and photographs, but...Read More

  • 20. House of Indigo


    At the House of Indigo, you can try the ancient craft of dyeing cloth in cauldrons of pungent indigo. Someone at the desk will show you a price...Read More

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