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Matsuyama & Imabari

These neighboring cities sit on the northwest coast of Shikoku Island, in the Ehime prefecture. Matsuyama is the island's largest city, having absorbed some smaller nearby townships, and claiming a number of islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Imabari is to its north, at the mouth of the inland sea - a strategic wartime position that saw the city come under the control of various foreign entities. Both cities offer intriguing historic and cultural sites, from ancient bathhouses and majestic castles to more modern feats of engineering such as the Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge. A must-see when visiting Shikoku is the "Shimanami Kaido," a stretch of superlatively scenic highway that passes through several islands to link Shikoku to the Honshu "mainland." There are also the castles of each city - Imabari's being one of Japan's three Mizujiro (castles on the sea). Historic architecture spans temples, shrines and even a bathhouse - with Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama the oldest in Japan (some say the onsen's use dates back 3,000 years). Then, as a quirky counterpoint to the above, there's the Imabari Towel Museum, certainly a one-of-a-kind attraction.

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