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
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Matsuyama Things to Do

  • 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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  • Dogo Onsen Station.

    Dogo Onsen Station was built in 1895. It is an example of Meiji Period architecture. It is the terminal station to three tram lines. A steam locomotive is located in front of it.

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  • Ninomaru Garden

    The Ninomaru Garden (Shiseki Garden) was built where Matsuyama Castle's ninomaru palace buildings once stood. The buildings and palace structures burned down in 1872. The area was excavated but not removed from the site. Instead, the pathways of the garden were built over them to mark where the structures once stood. The walls surrounding the...

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Matsuyama Restaurants

  • 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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  • Seto Inland Sea Cuisine

    This restaurant does local cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on fish found in the waters off Ehime. We popped in around lunchtime, and enjoyed a very nice set meal indeed. Prices are very affordable as well. Greatly enjoyed.It's pretty unpretentious and that is part of the appeal. I had a sashimi lunch set with rice, soup and pickles for 870 yen....

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Matsuyama Nightlife

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    by salisbury3933 Written Mar 14, 2006

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    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

  • Matsuyama Tram

    Matsuyama is spread out and its two railway systems (JR and Iyotetsu) have their main stations in separate locations, so Matsuyama Tram is very convenient for getting around.The main line of the tram runs a loop around Matsuyama Castle with lines that go off to Matsuyamashi Station and Dogo Onsen. Here are some stops listed with nearby...

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  • Getting to Matsuyama

    In spite of the perception of many travelers, Matsuyama is well-connected and easy to reach from the mainland. From Okayama, the Limited Express Shiokaze trains travel directly to Matsuyama. It takes about 2.5 hours.Alternatively, you can take the Marine Liner to Sakaide. Once there, you can take the Limited Express Ishizuchi which only runs in...

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  • Tram

    The most convenient way to travel around the city is by tram or streetcar. The tram, although abolished in most Japanese cities, is the main method of getting around the city and is operated by Iyotetsu with five tram lines across the city connecting JR Matsuyama Station in the west, to Matsuyama-shi Station in the south and Dogo Onsen area to the...

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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

  • 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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