Imabari, Ehime

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View of Seto Inner Sea and downtown Imabari
View of Seto Inner Sea and downtown Imabari
Flag of Imabari
Location of Imabari in Ehime Prefecture
Location of Imabari in Ehime Prefecture
Imabari is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°4′N 133°0′E / 34.067°N 133.000°E / 34.067; 133.000Coordinates: 34°4′N 133°0′E / 34.067°N 133.000°E / 34.067; 133.000
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Prefecture Ehime Prefecture
 • Mayor Ryoji Kan (since February 2009)
 • Total 419.56 km2 (161.99 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2010)
 • Total 172,384
 • Density 410.87/km2 (1,064.1/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camphor Laurel
- Flower Azalea
Address 1-4-1 Bekku-chō, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken
Phone number 0898-32-5200

Imabari (今治市 Imabari-shi?) is a city in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It is the second largest city in Ehime Prefecture.

Following a recent merger, as of January 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 172,384 and population density of 410.87 persons per km². The total (merged) area is 419.56 km².


The city is serviced by Imabari Station on the JR Shikoku system. It is a main station on the Yosan line with limited express service. The city is also home to two large naval ports, and acts as a hub station for many of the ferry systems that link the nearby smaller islands.


In the center of the city lies Imabari Castle. It was built by Tōdō Takatora in 1604. It is unusual in that seawater is used in its moat.

Imabari has six temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage from 54 to 59 which are Enmeiji, Nankōji, Taisanji, Eifukuji, Senyuji, and Kokubunji.


Shigemi Shūkichi (重見 周吉?), a teacher of Gakushuin and a physician in Tokyo, published A Japanese Boy by Himself in 1889, when he was studying at Yale University.


Imabari is home to a large number of maritime facilities along the northern and eastern coastlines of the city. Facilities include a container port and 20 maintenance and construction shipyards. The ports have also long been a trading center within Shikoku. The city is home to a large cotton processing industry, with particular emphasis on towels. The city produces around 60% of the towels produced in Japan. As of 1998, there were over 200 towel production plants in the city. The city also specializes in the dyeing industry.


A view over the city

The area in which Imabari exists had long been a strategic point for the control of the Seto Inland Sea. As a result, it was controlled by a variety of forces throughout the warring period, including a number of inland sea pirate forces. The city was officially founded on February 11, 1920.

On January 16, 2005, the towns of Hakata, Kamiura, Kikuma, Miyakubo, Namikata, Ōmishima, Ōnishi, Tamagawa, and Yoshiumi, and the villages of Asakura and Sekizen (all from Ochi District) were merged into Imabari. As a result, there are no more villages within Ehime Prefecture.

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