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The information below is as of November 2017.
Ehime Prefecture, long a key location for maritime transport
Ehime Prefecture presently serves as a hub for transport networks in western Japan, and efforts are being made to improve its high-speed transport infrastructure to extend the radius of domestic day-trip transport and to make all key points in the prefecture accessible within an hour. The prefecture also offers international cargo liner service to and from cities throughout East Asia as well as scheduled international flights between Matsuyama and Shanghai, making it truly a gateway to Shikoku from overseas.
Improvements to expressways have connected the four prefectural capitals in Shikoku, while the full-scale opening of the Shimanami Kaido has linked the prefecture with Honshu as well. Hiroshima can be reached by expressway in 3 hours and Kobe in 3 hours 40 minutes. The expressway is extended to Uwajima City, providing even greater convenience.
Matsuyama Airport is very conveniently located a mere 15 minutes by car from the center of the prefectural capital Matsuyama City. The airport serves domestic and international routes flying to and from seven cities domestically (including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) and internationally (Shanghai). This network enables quick travel from Matsuyama to Tokyo (80 minutes), Osaka (50 minutes) and Shanghai (100 minutes).
There are 51 ports and harbors in Ehime Prefecture, six of which have been classified as designated ports. The ports of Matsuyama, Imabari, and Mishima-Kawanoe provide cargo liner service to Shanghai, Busan, Manila and other important Asian ports, with 24 scheduled departures along 15 routes. The container cargo volume for Ehime Prefecture as a whole exceeds 100,000 TEU annually, evidence of its place as a central hub for maritime logistics in Shikoku.
JR Matsuyama Station has become a focal point for railway transport in Ehime Prefecture; special express trains (generally one per hour) can get to Osaka in about 3 hours 50 minutes, to Okayama in about 2 hours 30 minutes, and to Takamatsu in about 2 hours 20 minutes.