Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. Its name means “pine tree mountain”.
Quite provincial yet hospitable to travellers, and a hub of business and shopping in the calm of the countryside, the city has much to offer in the way of curious literary and cultural assets.
The city is known for hot springs (onsen) and is home to Dōgo Onsen, the oldest hot spring bath house in Japan. Another favourite tourist spot is Matsuyama Castle. The castle’s hilltop vantage point offers a view of the city and a glimpse of the Seto Inland Sea. Eight of the 88 temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage are in Matsuyama.
Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring resort
Ishiteji Temple situated on the Shikoku pilgrimage