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Matsuyama
Travel Guide

Matsuyama which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes

Learn about the modernization of haiku poetry, bathe where emperors relaxed and ascend hills for stunning views of a traditional island city crowned by a castle.

As the largest city on the island of Shikoku, Matsuyama is a cultural and historical hub. Look for the rich Japanese traditions here in the form of hot springs, glass art and Buddhist shrines. Learn about the tumultuous and complex history through myriad museums.

Note that Matsuyama is famous in Japan as the setting of Natsume Soseki’s novel Botchan. To understand the city’s affection for the literary work, visit the Botchan Karakuri Clock, which presents the book’s characters hourly.

The novel pays particular attention to the city’s northeastern Dōgo Onsen (Dōgo Hot Spring) area. Relax in the thermal waters of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan (bath house), where the imperial family sometimes bathed. It is one of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan and apparently inspired the drawings of the iconic movie Spirited Away.

Observe local customs at the Dōgo Giyaman Glass Museum. Among its prized pieces are its glass animals. Dine at the café overlooking the scenic pond. Head south to Dōgo Park and climb up the viewing deck for a wonderful vista. Here, you’ll find the Yuzuki Castle Ruins and the Yuzuki-jō Museum, with exhibits illustrating the former fortress.

The Matsuyama Castle still stands at the crest of undulating Matsuyama Central Park. Ascend via the Matsuyama Castle Ropeway in spring, when the castle is surrounded by a pink moat of cherry blossom trees. Head back down to the hill’s base for the Ninomaru Historical Garden, which traces the layout of a former palace. Attend a theater performance in the adjacent Shinonome Shrine, while making sure to visit the Ishite-ji Temple and the Yasaka Temple.

Find Matsuyama in the Ehime province in the northwestern corner of Shikoku Island. Drive south for around 50 miles (80 kilometers) from nearby Hiroshima to get here in a little under 3 hours. Explore the region for other cities including Yamaguchi, Imabari and Iyo.

Where to stay in Matsuyama

APA Hotel Matsuyamajyo-Nishi
APA Hotel Matsuyamajyo-Nishi
3 out of 5
2-5-5, Honmachi, Matsuyama, Ehime-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,015 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Located in the heart of Matsuyama, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ninomaru Historical Garden and Matsuyama Castle. Dogo Onsen is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Matsuyama ...
3.8/5Good! (681 reviews)
"Quite old-fashioned compared to other APA hotels I've been to. However, it is in quite a central part of the city, so it was convenient, and I could watch the sunrise over the castle from my hotel room."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

APA Hotel Matsuyamajyo-Nishi
Dogo Onsen Yachiyo
Dogo Onsen Yachiyo
3.5 out of 5
6-34 Dogotako, Matsuyama, Ehime
Located in Dogo Hot Spring, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum and Dogo Onsen. Matsuyama Castle is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Dogo ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"親切な対応"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Dogo Onsen Yachiyo
Yamatoya Honten
Yamatoya Honten
4 out of 5
Dogoyunomachi 20-8, Matsuyama, Ehime-ken
The price is ¥17,603 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
Located in Dogo Hot Spring, this ryokan is steps from Dogo Giyaman Glass Museum and Dogo Onsen. Matsuyama Castle is 1.8 mi (3 km) away. Dogo onsen station is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Wonderful."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Yamatoya Honten
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
La Rencontre Izumimachi
La Rencontre Izumimachi
3 out of 5
14-12 Izumimachi, Matsuyama, Ehime
The price is ¥4,425 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Matsuyama, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Enkoji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dogo Onsen and Matsuyama Castle. Saka no Ue no ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"非常によかったです。"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

La Rencontre Izumimachi
Limited to 1 Group per day Chartered for Peace o / Matsuyama Ehime
Limited to 1 Group per day Chartered for Peace o / Matsuyama Ehime
Matsuyama, Ehime (prefecture)
The price is ¥8,400 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Dogo Hot Spring, this vacation home is steps from Botchan Karakuri Clock and Dogo Onsen. Matsuyama Castle is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. Dogo onsen station ...
Limited to 1 Group per day Chartered for Peace o / Matsuyama Ehime
A 10minute Walk From Dogo Onsen a Private House / Matsuyama Ehime
A 10minute Walk From Dogo Onsen a Private House / Matsuyama Ehime
Matsuyama, Ehime (prefecture)
The price is ¥13,440 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Situated in Matsuyama, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Botchan Karakuri Clock and Dogo Onsen. Matsuyama Castle is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Dogo ...
A 10minute Walk From Dogo Onsen a Private House / Matsuyama Ehime
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