Matsuyama Travel Guide

  • 'Botchan' Train - Dogo Onsen
    'Botchan' Train - Dogo Onsen
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  • Outer fortifications, Matsuyama Castle
    Outer fortifications, Matsuyama Castle
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  • Matsuyama Castle
    Matsuyama Castle
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Matsuyama Things to Do

  • Dogo Onsen

    Have a bath in Dogo Onsen (Spa), first get the ticket (the cheapest about 450 Yen and you might want to rent a towl for 200 Yen), the put your shoes in a shoe locker, go to the changing room (gender separated), undress completely, there is a bigger locker, thale the small towl and the soap to the bathroom (also gender separated), along the walls...

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  • Shiroyama Park

    At the foot of Matsuyama castle is Shiroyama Park. Previously in this area there was a Keirin arena, but this has since been demolished, and has been created as an open space for the community to use. Not a bad place to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views.

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  • Matsuyama Castle

    Matsuyama Castle is one of only twelve Japanese castles which have survived intact from the post-feudal era. It is located on Mount Katsuyama, a steep hill in the centre of Matsuyama. Matsuyama Castle was built between 1602 and 1628. In 1635 Matsuyama Castle was given to the Matsudaira family.Matsuyama Castle can be accessed by ropeway. The closest...

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  • Isaniwa-jinja Shrine

    About 200M away from the Honkan main spa building at the top of a steep flight of stairs stands Isaniwa-jinja Shrine. This was built in 1667. It is dedicated to Hachiman - a god of war.The shrine is open from 5am to 7pmAdmission is free.

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  • Dogo Park.

    Near Dogo Onsen Spa there is a lovely park known as Dogo Park. In spring it is filled with flowering cherry trees and it is very beautiful. Dogo Park is located on the grounds of a former castle. Only the moats of this castle remain today and when we visited, they were covered in pink cherry tree petals which had fallen from the trees.

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  • Dogo Onsen Spa.

    Dogo Onsen is a spa town. It is one of the oldest spas in Japan and is first mentioned in the seventh century but is believed to be even older.A legend tells that the curative powers of the waters at Dogo Onsen were first discovered when a lovely white heron with a broken leg cured itself by sticking its leg into a jet of water pouring out of a...

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Matsuyama Restaurants

  • Rooftop Fine Dining

    Anyone who knows me will know that I'm not the 'fine dining' sort of guy, but given that it was our wedding anniversary, I thought I had better take my wife somewhere a bit nicer than normal.We took the 7000 yen course, and it was not bad, with the service being excellent. Some portions however of the course meal were not quite up to the standard...

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  • Mikan Treats

    Ehime Prefecture is a large producer of mikan (satsuma orange/mandarin in English). Ehime is known throughout Japan for its delicious mikan, so of course, in Ehime itself there is no shortage of the fruit to eat! You can buy all kinds of mikan-flavored cookies, cakes, mikan juice, and of course mikan ice cream among many other snacks. Mikan foods...

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  • Matsuyama's Fried Chicken Legs

    Myunhen (Munchen) is a convenient restaurant located across the street from Matsuyamashi Station. Matsuyama is known for its fried chicken legs (toriashi), and this is one of the places where you can have it. It is supposed to be a German restaurant, but to me it was not so German. In terms of food, they do have sausage but it's predominantly bar...

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Matsuyama Nightlife

  • High Class Hotel Bar

    This bar on the 14th floor of the ANA hotel is a quiet, convivial hotel bar. It has all sorts of drinks on the menu including a wide selection of whisky and cocktails. Service is exceptional, and it is a good place to have a drink in a convivial atmosphere.It also comes with a good view of the Matsuyama skyline at night.Not cheap but a nice place...

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  • 300 yen Izakaya

    Very low cost and good izakaya this one with everything at 300 yen.Exceptional value at the moment for me with current exchange rates. Good beer, and the food is pretty good as well, with an extensive menu.

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  • Expat Hangout

    Whilst not a favourite hangout of mine, this bar was a favourite hangout for local expats, and Japanese wanting to try out their English.There's some decent music, and you can also have a little bit of a dance.

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Matsuyama Transportation

  • To Matsuyama cheaply

    Peach air has cheap airfares from Osaka (on there special sales you might get it for 1000 Yen), Willer Express bus has overnight buses for 3750 Yen (and sometimes cheaper) from Kyoto (leaving 10 pm) via Osaka to Matsuyama (going back from there at 10.35 pm)

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  • By bus from the Airport

    Limousine bus runs from the airport via JR railway station (310 Yen), town hall and some other stops to Dogo Onsen (460 Yen). Tram line # 5 is quite useful going from Dogo Onsen to town hall and JR railway station, 160 Yen and day ticket 500 Yen.

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  • Limousine bus to the port

    Regular buses leave the Dogo area via Shieki and JR Station for Matsuyama port. If you are headed on the boat to or from Hiroshima or Kokura, this is a good and easy way to get to and from the port

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Matsuyama Shopping

  • Okaido Shopping Arcarde

    This is a large pedestrian shopping area under a dome arcade, lined with cafes, restaurants and fashionable shops in the heart of the city.Saturday night open markets are a great way to spend a summer evening.A lot of the stores do not open until 11:00 amJuly 2003

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  • Local sweets!

    There is a shopping arcade in the Dogo Onsen area where you can buy local souvenirs, including the local 'Botchan' sweets. The local sweets. Each part of Japan has its own specialities, and they are beautifully packaged.

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  • Souvenirs in Matsuyama

    There are various places to buy souvenirs in Matsuyama. The area around Dogo has plenty of shops with local food and drink (sake, beer) as well as various trinkets, and pottery from Tobe.At the top of the ropeway to Matsuyama castle there are a number of different stalls as well, and in the underground shopping centre near the city station there is...

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Matsuyama Local Customs

  • Taruto

    Matsuyama is also known for its confectionary. Taruto is the most famous of these and is often bought to take back home as omiyage or 'souvenir'. Taruto is a sponge cake rolled with sweet bean paste. The origin of the sponge cake is in Nagasaki (where many Portuguese ships came to port) but was modified in Matsuyama to suit the palate of the...

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  • Botchan Dango

    Botchan Dango is another famous product in the Ehime Region. Dango is three coloured dumplings on a stick. The Botchan Dango are named after the novel "Botchan" by Soseki Natsume (who happens to be the same guy featured on the 1000 yen note).The dumplings contain sweet bean paste coloured by adzuki beans, eggs and powdered green tea in it.A good...

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  • Mikan Oranges

    While you are in Matsuyama you need to try "Mikan" Oranges which are famous in this region. The Mikan are sometimes known as "Satsuma" or "Mandarin"

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Matsuyama Warnings and Dangers

  • by JT3933 Written Jan 17, 2004

    Be careful late at night.
    A Westerner was attacked and put in hospital for two months a few years ago.
    A friend and I were also attacked by a large group of young men. We managed to escape relatively unharmed.
    Ehime is known for its racism.

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Matsuyama What to Pack

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    by Shizuka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Not bring to, but bring BACK... Ehime Mikan(original orange in Ehime pref) is the most famous in Japan. It's extremely sweet, quite tiny, easy to pare its peel, quite softness skin... I also hope you could taste it in your country!

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Matsuyama Off The Beaten Path

  • Ishiteji Temple

    A bit out of the way (1,3 km east of Dogo Onsen) is the unusual Ishiteji Temple with a connected Museum. Founded in the 8. century by the Shingon Buddhist Sect, it houses a variety of statues and all sorts of strange things and is part of the 88 temple pilgrimage.

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  • Gogoshima

    Gogoshima is a small island off the coast of Matsuyama accessible from Mitsu port.It's mostly a place where oranges are grown, but there's a nice beach, which is a great place to be in the hot summers (30 degrees plus)

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  • Omogo village, it takes about...

    Omogo village, it takes about one hour from matsuyama by car. There is beautiful river, In the summer season many people are gathering for cooling.

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Matsuyama Sports & Outdoors

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    by salisbury3933 Written Jan 31, 2006

    At Bocchan stadium in Matsuyama, around about 5 games a year of professional baseball are played, where the pro teams from the bigger centres come to play.

    Keep an eye out if you are in town as there may be a game on.

    Botchan stadium taken from Matsuyama Castle

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Matsuyama Favorites

  • What's on?

    Matsuyama international centre publishes this newsletter each month in English.It outlines the events that are on, both in Matsuyama and other parts of Ehime. Kinokuniya is not a bad place to pick it up, but you can find it in selected spots around the city.

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  • Changing Money in Matsuyama

    The main post office on nibancho is the best place to change money. The local banks are Iyo and Ehime bank, both firmly stuck in their 19th century ways, and best not dealt with at all.The post office ATMs are about the only place to my knowledge where you can withdraw money from overseas bank accounts.Credit cards are much more widely accepted...

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  • Internet

    There are various places in Matsuyama where you can access the internet for free, most centrally is a small place in the Matsuyama city station (Shieki), and also in the Ehime Prefectural International Centre.There are also internet cafes in town, which you need to join before you can use. There are one or two along the Okaido shopping arcade.

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