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    Matsuyama Castle

    by dlandt Written Aug 22, 2010
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    If there is one thing pretty much every visitor to Matsuyama will do it is visit the castle. Named "Matsuyama-jo", this castle survived the war because it was no longer in use as a muster point or administrative hub. You get spectacular views of the city as well as close up look at what was once the imperial stronghold in the area.

    Hving been to many castles in Europe, the Middle East and even the Caribbean, I'm always impressed by the beauty of their Japanese counterparts. Unlike our castles, which were built to control strategic points or assets, Japanese castles were relly the seat of imperial power in their region. Their purpose was less to defend the are and more to project imperial power into the region. Thus, they decorated as a means to impress as much as to oppress.

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    The Ropeway

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Ropeway up the mountain

    It's easy enough to walk up the hill to the castle of course, that is if you are reasonably fit, but equally as fun to get the ropeway up.

    260 yen one-way. At the end of Okaido, cross over and walk up the well signposted road to the ropeway station.

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    Okaido and Gintengai

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Gintengai

    These are the two shopping arcades in the centre. Plenty of people watching, and in Okaido and surrounding streets there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants.

    Can't comment on the shopping though!

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    Dogo Park

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 5, 2008

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    Just down the road from Dogo Onsen is Dogo Park. It's a nice place to relax, or to wander about. You'll see people with picnic lunches and so on.

    It's particularly popular during cherry blossom season, but a relaxing place at any time.

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    Ferris Wheel

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Ferris wheel at night

    On top of Takashimaya department store, there is a ferris wheel. if you visit the beer garden there they'll usually give you a discount ticket to ride for 100 yen, but if you want to get a good overview of the city it's worth having a look at any time.

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    Sogo Park

    by salisbury3933 Written Aug 5, 2006

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    This place is marginally interesting, with the small replica European style castle, and grounds that you can freely walk around in. It's not a bad place to go an chill out and get some views of the city.

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    3,000 Year Old Spa

    by RoseAmano Written May 26, 2006
    Dogo Onsen Spa - 3,000 year history
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    Soseki Natsume (the guy on the old 1,000 yen bill; since 2003 or 2004 they replaced all the luminaries on the handbills) authored a book called "Botchan", a story about an angry young man from urban Edo on his first teaching assignment in a rural area - this brooding new graduate seemed to have found at least some solace in his daily excursion to this bathhouse. The author Soseki himself actually spent a year in this area on his first teaching assignment post graduation...

    There are four levels of bathing options:
    1) Usual "Sento" Public Bath
    2) Bathing with Rental Towel and Yukata, and Tea with large public relaxation tatami room
    3) Same as 2), but with a different bath and price
    4) Private Resting Room with all the amenities, including a tour of a special room of the spa exclusively perused by Emperor Showa in the 1950's.

    Simple Alkaline (Hypotonic Alkaline) Spa
    Temperature is about 42 degrees C, pH 9.0, Radon Content 1.49 mache/kg
    (spa mineral components abstracted from http:// www.chaharu.com/data/kounou/)

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    A quiet little garden

    by salisbury3933 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    There is a quiet little garden at the foot of Matsuyama castle that is not a bad place to relax. It's about 100 yen. To get there from Matsuyama castle, just walk down the hill on the opposite side from the ropeway to the castle, and you'll find it. Will post some photos once I find them.

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    Oku Dogo

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Just up the road from Dogo is Oku Dogo, where there is a hotel, which not only has a good buffet restaurant and summer beer garden, but an onsen as well, with various kinds of baths. It's fun to have a few beers and then head outside to have a bath.

    I enjoyed my visit, although it was soured by a racist local who didn't like the idea of sharing a large bath with a non-Japanese.

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    The Dogo Area

    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Dogo Onsen
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    The Dogo area is well worth a look for a number of reasons.

    You can take a bath on the famous onsen, there are plenty of souvenir stores to have a look at, there's a delightful little clock that plays out the 'Bocchan and Madonna' (famous Matsuyama story) story on the hour, and Dogo station itself is worth having a glimpse at as well.

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    Dogo Park

    by Ines28 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Dogo Park

    This beautiful park is especially enchanting in spring, when the cherry trees are in full bloom. Small stone bridges, water and beautifully shaped trees - this idyllic picture is only disturbed by the blue plastic blankets the park authority spreads under the cherry trees in spring time, when whole japanese families come to celebrate the cherry blossom. There are food stalls where you can buy snacks, soft drinks and alcohol, and you can even rent a barbecue! So in the afternoon the peaceful park becomes a very popular and loud hang-out place, but the atmosphere is great!

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    Botchan Karakuri Clock

    by Ines28 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Botchan Clock tower

    Erected in the Hojoen Square in front of Dogo Onsen Station, the Karakuri Clock features lovely little figures reenacting a scene from the novel "Botchan" every hour from 8am to 10 pm.
    This can be best admired while bathing your feet in the hot foot bath! :-)

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    Foot Bath at Dogo Onsen

    by Ines28 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Foot Bath

    If you don't want (or dare) to take a "real" bath at the Dogo Onsen Honkan, at least give your tired feet a rest and dip them in the Foot Bath at Hojoen Square. The hot water that is spewed from a Meiji Era iron pot is unbelievably relaxing!!

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    Koshin-an

    by Ines28 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Koshin-an

    Kurita Chodo, a close friend of Kobayashi Issa, constructed this small edifice in 1790 to perform the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Its garden is really beautiful. Part of the structure was restored to preserve its original form and the site was renamed "Koshin-an Historical Garden".
    This is a sweet little place, peaceful and quiet. We were the only tourists there, maybe because it's not easy to find (haha). A friendly man we asked for directions walked all the way - approximately 15 min. - with us, talking in Japanese all the time! It didn't seem to bother him that we didn't understand anything of what he was saying!

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    Ishite-ji

    by Ines28 Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Ishite-ji

    Ishite means "stone hand", from a legend about a Matsuyama lord born with a stone in his hand. The Ishite temple was built in 728 and is No. 51 of the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku. It is noted for its fine Kamakura architecture. It has a beautiful three-storey pagoda and is overlooked by a Buddha figure on the hill.
    The atmosphere in this temple is particularly peaceful, also due to the setting at the foot of the hill among trees.

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