|Subdivisions||Districts: 7, Municipalities: 20|
|• Governor||Tokihiro Nakamura (since December 2010)|
|• Total||5,676.11 km2 (2,191.56 sq mi)|
(February 1, 2018)
|• Density||239.76/km2 (621.0/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-38|
|Animal||Japanese river otter ("Lutra lutra whiteleyi") |
|Bird||Japanese robin (Erithacus akahige)|
|Fish||Red sea bream (Pagrus major)|
|Flower||Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu)|
Until the Meiji Restoration, Ehime Prefecture was known as Iyo Province. Since before the Heian period, the area was dominated by fishermen and sailors who played an important role in defending Japan against pirates and Mongolian invasions.
In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in Matsuyama.
The prefecture includes both high mountains in the inland region and a long coastline, with many islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The westernmost arm of Ehime, the Sadamisaki Peninsula, is the narrowest peninsula in Japan.
As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai and Setonaikai National Parks; Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park; and seven Prefectural Natural Parks.
Eleven cities are located in Ehime Prefecture:
These are the towns in each district:
The coastal areas around Imabari and Saijō host a number of industries, including dockyards of Japan's largest shipbuilder, Imabari Shipbuilding. Chemical industries, oil refining, paper and cotton textile products also are a feature of the prefecture. Rural areas mostly engage in agricultural and fishing industries, and are particularly known for citrus fruits such as mikan (mandarin orange), iyokan and cultured pearls.
The sports teams listed below are based in Ehime.
The oldest extant hot spring in Japan, Dōgo Onsen, is located in Matsuyama. It has been used for over two thousand years.
Ehime Prefecture is making use of its long tradition of involvement with people overseas through international exchanges in areas such as the economy, culture, sports and education.
Asanami Station (浅海駅, Asanami-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "Y46".Ehime FC
Ehime Football Club (愛媛フットボールクラブ) is a professional football club based in Matsuyama, the capital city of Ehime Prefecture of Japan. After winning the JFL championship in 2005, the club now plays in J2 League.FC Imabari
FC Imabari is a Japanese football club based in Imabari city, Ehime Prefecture. They play in the Japan Football League.Imabari, Ehime
Imabari (今治市, Imabari-shi) is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is the second largest city in Ehime Prefecture.
Following a recent merger, as of January 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 172,384 and population density of 410.87 persons per km². The total (merged) area is 419.56 km².Iyo-Hōjō Station
Iyo-Hōjō Station (伊予北条駅, Iyo-Hōjō-eki) is a railway station in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on 28 March 1926. It is currently used by Shikoku Railway Company for the Yosan Line.Iyo-Yokota Station
Iyo-Yokota Station (伊予横田駅, Iyo-Yokota-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Masaki, Iyo District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "U03".Iyoshi Station
Iyoshi Station (伊予市駅, Iyoshi-eki) is a train station in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The station is located near Gunchū Port Station on the Gunchū Line, owned by Iyotetsu.Kita-Iyo Station
Kita-Iyo Station (北伊予駅, Kita-Iyo-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Masaki, Iyo District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "U02".Kita-Uwajima Station
Kita-Uwajima Station (北宇和島駅, Kita-Uwajima-Eki) is a railway station on the Yosan and Yodo lines operated by JR Shikoku, located in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan. This station has one island platform.
Kita-Uwajima Station started its operation on July 2, 1917.Kitanada Station
Kitanada Station (喜多灘駅, Kitanada-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Ōzu, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "S11".Matsuyama Airport
Matsuyama Airport (松山空港, Matsuyama kūkō) (IATA: MYJ, ICAO: RJOM) is an airport located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west southwest of Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan.Namikata Station
Namikata Station (波方駅, Namikata-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "Y42".Ningineer Stadium
Ningineer Stadium (ニンジニアスタジアム) a.k.a. Ehime Matsuyama Athletic Stadium or Ehime Prefectural Sports Park Stadium (愛媛県総合運動公園陸上競技場) is a multi-use stadium in Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan, home of Ehime FC. It is a stadium with four concrete stands around the 8-lane athletic track and the grass field. The stadium's capacity is 20,000 people. Since March 2008, Ehime Prefecture sold the naming rights of the stadium to NINGINEER Network Co., Ltd., in order to increase revenue for a future renovation of the stadium.Teijin SC
Teijin Soccer Club was a Japanese football club based in Ehime. The club has played in Japan Soccer League Division 2.Uwajima Station
Uwajima Station (宇和島駅, Uwajima-eki) is a railway station in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.Yanagihara Station (Ehime)
Yanagihara Station (柳原駅, Yanagihara-eki) is a railway station on the Yosan Line in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by JR Shikoku and has the station number "Y49".Yoshiki Okamoto
Yoshiki Okamoto (岡本 吉起 Okamoto Yoshiki) (born June 10, 1961, in Ehime Prefecture, Japan), sometimes credited as Kihaji Okamoto, is a video game designer credited with producing popular titles for Konami, including Gyruss and Time Pilot, and Capcom, including Final Fight and Street Fighter II. He later founded the company Game Republic. He created the hit mobile games Dragon Hunter and Monster Strike for Mixi.Yuya Uemura
Yuya Uemura (上村優也Uemura Yūya born November 18, 1994) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling.Ōzu, Ehime
Ōzu (大洲市, Ōzu-shi) is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.