city, Ehime ken (prefecture), Shikoku, Japan, facing the Kurushima Strait on the Inland Sea. Imabari, founded as a castle town, was the first port in Shikoku to be opened to foreign trade. In 1922 the Takamatsu-Matsuyama Line (railway) was opened through the city.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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