Imabari (Japanese今 治 市-shi) is a city in Ehime Prefecture on the north coast of the island of Shikoku in Japan.
Although only established in 1920 as a town, Imabari can look back for its strategic location on a long history. The castle Imabari - jo (今 治 城) in today's city center, the moat is connected with the sea, was built in 1604 at the beginning of the Edo period by the local daimyo Todo Takatora. After the Meiji Restoration, the new government could destroy all the buildings of the castle from 1873. Only in 1980 the Donjon ( Tenshu ) was built by the city council again.
Of the 88 station temples of the traditional Buddhist Shikoku pilgrimage are six, No. 54-59, Imabari.
Great importance to the city (also called Shimanami Kaido ) Nishiseto the highway, connects the Imabari a total of ten bridges and several smaller islands in the Seto Inland Sea with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture. Opened after 24 years of construction in 1999, this bridge system is the third between Honshu and Shikoku by Seto Ōhashi (opening 1988 ) and the Kobe - Awaji - Naruto Expressway (opened in 1998).
Imari also located on the operated by JR Shikoku Yosan line from Takamatsu to Uwajima.
An economic focus of the town is next to the fishing port and the food industry, the wood processing.
- Panama Panama City
Sons and daughters of the town
- Kenji Nagai ( photojournalist )
- Takashi Ochi (mandolin virtuoso ) * Hajime Sorayama (painter)