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Ehime Prefecture
Japanese: 愛媛県
Map of Japan with Ehime highlighted
Capital Matsuyama
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Governor Tokihiro Nakamura (since December 2010)
Area (rank) 5,676.44 km² (26th)
 - % water  %
Population  (November 1, 2010)
 - Population 1,430,086 (27th)
 - Density 251.93 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 20
ISO 3166-2 JP-38
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu)
 - Tree Pine (Pinus)
 - Bird Japanese robin (Erithacus akahige)
 - Fish Red sea bream (Pagrus major)
Symbol of Ehime Prefecture
Symbol of Ehime Prefecture
Flag of Ehime Prefecture.svg

Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken) is a prefecture in the Shikoku region of Japan on the island of Shikoku. The capital city is Matsuyama.


Until the Meiji Restoration, Ehime prefecture was known as Iyo Province. The name Ehime comes from the Kojiki. It means "beautiful maiden."

After the Battle of Sekigahara, the Tokugawa shogun gave the area to his allies. Kato Yoshiaki built Matsuyama Castle which became the center of the modern city of Matsuyama.

Drought is common in Ehime history.


Ehime faces the Seto Inland Sea in the southwestern part of Shikoku. The prefecture is bordered by Kagawa Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture in the east. Kōchi is to the south. The prefecture has a long coastline and it includes many islands.

The Yanase Dam was built in 1953.


  • Seiyo
  • Shikokuchūō
  • Tōon
  • Uwajima
  • Yawatahama

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 7% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Ōyamazumi jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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