Most first-time visitors to Japan stick to a predictable course on the main island of Honshu, which takes them to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, with a few other towns offered as options. For first-time visitors, this is probably how it should be. But for foreign nationals living in Japan, and people who have visited Japan already, there’s much more to be discovered.
Ehime Prefecture is located on the northwestern corner of Shikoku, facing Hiroshima Prefecture across the Seto Inland Sea, and Kyushu across a strip of sea called Uwakai. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Shimanami Kaido, by ferry from Hiroshima, and by air. There are also ferry links to Kyushu.
Kagawa Prefecture is located on the northeastern corner of Shikoku, facing Okayama Prefecture across the Seto Inland Sea. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Seto Ōhashi Bridge, by ferry from Okayama, Kōbe and Ōsaka, and by air. Kagawa has the distinction of being Japan’s smallest prefecture.