Matsuyama Castle is situated on Katsuyama hill and has an excellent view of Matsuyama City. The Matsuyama-jo is claimed to be one of the best in all of Japan. The castle was built in 1603, by the head of the Matsudeira-clan a famous samurai, Kato Yoshiakira, although parts were destroyed by bombing from American forces during World War II. Since...more
Matsuyama castle(¼ŽRéj is a must see for any visitor to Matsuyama. It's up on the hill and you get an excellent view of the city from the top. The castle itself is visible from most parts of Matsuyama city.You have the choice of either taking the ropeway up the hill, or walking up.Admission is 500 yen for adults, and there is a nice display...more
This is one of Matsuyama's more interesting attractions. It is Temple 51 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. Seven of its structures have been designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties.It is about 15 minutes by foot from Dogo, and also accessible by bus from both Shi-eki and Dogo station.more
This is a ryokan hotel, which retains elements of traditional Japanese accommodation, such as...more
The ANA hotel is said by the locals to be the best in town. The room itself was fairly much what...more
The Dai-Ichi Hotel is a nice and clean hotel with a good location. From the city station and the...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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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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.
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...more
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.more