|• Governor||Tokihiro Nakamura (since December 2010)|
|• Total||5,676.44 km2 (2,191.69 sq mi)|
|Population (November 1, 2010)|
|• Density||251.93/km2 (652.5/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-38|
|Flower||Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu)|
|Bird||Japanese robin (Erithacus akahige)|
|Fish||Red sea bream (Pagrus major)|
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.
The name Ehime comes from the Kojiki and means "beautiful maiden."
In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in the City of Matsuyama in Ehime-ken.
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:
Towns and villages
These are the towns in each district:
The area around Matsuyama has a number of industries, including shipbuilding, chemicals, oil refining, and paper and textile products. The rural areas of the prefecture mostly engage in agricultural and fishing industries, and are particularly known for citrus fruit such as mikan (tangerine) and iyokan and cultured pearls.
- Ehime University
- Ehime Prefectural University of Health Science
- St. Catherine University
- Matsuyama University
- Matsuyama Shinonome College
The sports teams listed below are based in Ehime.
The oldest extant hot spring in Japan, Dogo Onsen, is located in Matsuyama. It has been used for over two thousand years.
- Gunchu Line
- Takahama Line
- Yokogawara Line
- Matsuyama Inner Line
- Matsuyama Expressway
- Tokushima Expressway
- Takamatsu Expressway
- Kochi Expressway
- Shimanami Expressway
- Imabari Komatsu Road
- Route 11
- Route 33 (Matsuyama-Kochi)
- Route 56 (Matsuyama-Iyo-Uwajima-Sukumo-Susaki-Kochi)
- Route 192 (Saijyo-Shikoku Chuo-Yoshinogawa-Tokushima)
- Route 194
- Route 196
- Route 197
- Route 317 (Matsuyama-Imabari-Onomichi)
- Route 319
- Route 320
- Route 378
- Route 380
- Route 437
- Route 440
- Route 441
- Route 494 (Matsuyama-Niyodogawa-Susaki)
- Kawanoe Port
- Niihama Port - Ferry route to Osaka
- Toyo Port - Ferry route to Osaka
- Imabari Port - Ferry route to Innoshima, Hakata Island, and international container hub port
- Matsuyama Port - Ferry route to Kitakyushu, Yanai, Hiroshima, Kure, and international container hub port
- Yawatahama Port - Ferry route to Beppu, Usuki
- Misaki Port - Ferry route to Oita
- Uwajima Port
- 愛媛県の紹介 ＞ 愛媛県のシンボル. Ehime prefectural website (in Japanese). Ehime Prefecture. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ehime" in , p. 170Japan Encyclopedia, p. 170, at Google Books.
- Nussbaum, "Matsuyama" at p. 621, p. 621, at Google Books.
- Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780, p. 780, at Google Books.
- "Japan Discovers Domestic Rare Earths Reserve". BrightWire.
- "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture".
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
- Official website