Shikokuchuo is 70 miles (113 kilometers) from Hiroshima and 110 miles (177 kilometers) from Kobe.
The region is a firm fixture on the tourist trail. To see why, check out the other cities, towns and villages in the vicinity of Shikokuchuo. Head 15 miles (24 kilometers) east from Shikokuchuo to Niihama, where you can enjoy the Nihama City Native Museum and Ikku Shrine.
Rent a vehicle and spend some time in Kurashiki, a transport and retail hub for the area, situated approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from Shikokuchuo. The place has a wide range of points of interest, including Ohara Museum of Art, Washuzan Highland and Betty Smith Jeans Museum. Be sure not to rush back to Shikokuchuo until you've checked out Kurashiki's Shimotsui Shipping Agent Museum, Washuzan Hill and Bikan Historical Area.
Allowing time to learn a little of the local tongue often separates the true travelers from the mere tourists. Why not try "Isshoni odorimasenka?" This is the Japanese way to say "Would you like to dance with me?" You'll find that knowing "Benjo wa doko desu ka?", which means "Where's the toilet?", can get you a long way.
As your trip finishes, bid Ehime a teary "Sayōnara"