Shimanami Kaido (Copyright)
Ehime Marathon (Copyright)
The Ehimeken Budokan (Copyright)
The Ehimeken Budokan (The main dojo) (Copyright)
The Ehime Prefectural Sports Complex (The Athletics Stadium) (Copyright)Ehime Prefecture
Ehime Prefecture is located in northwest Shikoku, on one of four major islands of Japan. Ehime faces the picturesque archipelagic waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Ehime is blessed with a bounty of fresh seasonal seafood, vegetables and fruits.
The globally-renowned Shimanami Kaido is a 70km long sea road and it reaches the main island of Honshu by nine bridges. The Shimanami Kaido is the first cycling road that crosses the sea channel. It is dubbed as a “Cyclist’s Sanctuary” and it has become a popular sightseeing spot.
The people of Ehime are interested in sports and Ehime is home to a professional soccer, baseball and basketball team. Marathons are also popular among local people. Many world-class athletes in judo and other sports have turned out from Ehime recently. In addition, we are holding the National Athletic Meeting and the Special Athletes Sports Competition, which are the biggest sports events in Japan in 2017.
In terms of outdoor training facilities, we have the Ehime Prefectural Sports Complex which includes an IAAF CLASS-2 athletics facility. As for indoor training facilities, we have the Ehimeken Budokan, which is one of the biggest indoor facilities in Japan. Some people say that Ehime is a “lucky charm” since the Japan women’s soccer team conducted a training camp here in Ehime just before the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in which they won the championship for the first time.
Ehime’s Matsuyama airport is located only 15 minutes away by car from the center of the capital city. The airport has access to major domestic cities, such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Ehime boasts of a mild climate and little rain throughout the year. Our nature and climate is ideal for training and makes it easier for athletes to adjust to the local time and mitigate jet lag. Furthermore, athletes can experience the beauty and hospitable nature of Japan by spending time in a different place than Tokyo. Unlike busy, noisy, and crowded big cities, when athletes finish practicing each day, it is a guarantee that they will be able to find ways to relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil atmosphere of Ehime.
Ehime sincerely hopes to keep strong ties with you, your team, your region and your country and maintain a good relationship even after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We are sincerely looking forward to seeing you in person.