I traveled to Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture for three days and two nights in late April. This was my sixth trip to Ehime Matsuyama and I was able to enjoy the trip as my first travel since I changed my camera and lens. In this article, I will write about Mitsuhama, Baishinji and Takahama along IYOTETSU Takahama Line as part of Day 1.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Matsuyama Airpot
* Day 1: Mitsuhama, Baishinji and Takahama [This article]
* Day 1: Emifull Masaki
* Day 1: Matsuyama City Station and Okaido (Light-up)
* Day 2: Ehime Prefectural Government
* Day 2: Dogo Onsen Honkan
* Day 2: Dogo Onsen Honkan (Light-up)
* Day 3: Asuka-no-yu and Mican Room
* Day 3: Dogo ONSENART
* Day 3: Dogo Arcade
* Day 3: Dogo Arcade and Matsuyama Airport (Mican)
IYOTETSU Takahama Line (高浜線)
When I traveled to Ehime Matsuyama, I usually went around the central area of Matsuyama city such as Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen Hot Spring. This time, I will extend my visit to other areas. To be more precise, I will take IYOTETSU Takahama Line and get on and off trains at the following stations: Mitsu (三津), Baishinji (梅津寺) and Takahama (高浜).
As I mentioned in the previous article, “ALL IYOTETSU 1-3Day Pass” allows tourists to get on and off IYOTETSU railways freely.
To begin with, I took Takahama Line from Matsuyama City station and got off at Mitsu (三津) station.
The current building of Mitsu station was built in 2009, but the station was originally opened in 1888 when IYOTETSU Railways started its operation between Matsuyama City station and Mitsu station.
Mitsuhama (三津浜) area flourished from Edo period due to its fishery industry, and it still remains the same atmosphere.
Mitsuhama is also famous for “Mitsuhamayaki” as its local food and I entered into “Hinode (日の出)” for lunch.
“Mitsuhamayaki” is a kind of Okonomiyaki. Wheat flour is formed into crêpes flavored with fish powder, which are used to sandwich cabbage, chikuwa, meat, fish, egg, noodles and other ingredients
Visitors are able to see how “Mitsuhamayaki” is made.
Here is “Mitsuhamayaki”.
After lunch, I will walk around Mitsuhama area.
The area had remains of old houses along the street.
This was around Mitsuhama port.
Mitsu ferry was operating in the area.
I took the ferry.
The ferry was operated by Matsuyama city and it was free.
Then, I will move to the next destination.
I arrived at Baishinji (梅津寺) station.
Baishinji (梅津寺) is a filming location of “Tokyo Love Story”.
“Tokyo Love Story” was a huge hit drama which aired on TV in 1991. I saw both Japanese tourists and foreign tourists here.
You can see Seto Inland Sea from the platform.
I went out of the gate.
Snap photos including people.
A train bound for Matsuyama City station just arrived.
It may be a featureless scenery, but I like this atmosphere.
Trains was operating every 15 minutes and I planed to move to the next destination soon, but I changed my mind and determined to stay longer here to take more photos.
Here are other snaps at Baishinji (梅津寺) station.
Now I will move to the next destination.
I reached Takahama (高浜) station, the last stop of IYOTETSU Takahama Line (高浜線).
Takahama (高浜) station was opened in 1892 and it has a retro atmosphere.
Takahama (高浜) station was a filing location of “Midsummer’s Equation (真夏の方程式)”, a 2013 Japanese police procedural movie starring Masaharu Fukuyama.
I will go out the station.
There was a port near the station.
Two ocean ship companies were operating.
It was a locally based port.
I saw off ships.
Now I will go back to the station.
A return train has arrived.
Then, I will return to Matsuyama City station and change to Gunchu Line (郡中線) for the next destination.
That’s it for the article about Mitsuhama, Baishinji and Takahama along IYOTETSU Takahama Line as part of Day 1 of my Ehime Matsuyama trip.
IYOTETSU Takahama Line runs along near Seto Inland Sea, so visitors are able to enjoy beautiful scenery. Taking of stations in Ehime prefecture, from which visitors can see beautiful sea, “Shimonada Station” is very famous.
“Shimonada Station: a local train station famous as movie location”
On the other hand, however, these places I visited in this article may be relatively less popular even for Japanese tourists, but if you are interested in photogenic areas, I would recommend them 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Emifull Masaki as part of Day 1.
1 Mitsu Station
3 Mitsu Ferry
4 Baishinji Station
5 Takahama Station
The Official Website of Tourism Matsuyama
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