Matsuyama Castle
Traditional hot spring baths at Dogo Onsen
Matsuyama Castle and grounds overlook the city
Traditional and modern in Matsuyama
Traditional architecture in Dogo Onsen
Traditional building in Dogo Onsen

About Matsuyama

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
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Ishiteji Temple situated on the Shikoku pilgrimage

The city is also famed for being the setting of Natsume Soseki’s popular novel, entitled “Botchan”. Often read as part of the Japanese school curriculum, the novel describes Matsuyama during the turbulent Meiji Restoration. Natsume’s novel helped make the city renowned throughout Japan.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo Haneda Aiport to Matsuyama Airport by air and by bus to Matsuyama Station (2h) or from Tokyo Station to Okayama Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen trains and from Okayama to Matsuyama Station (6h20)
  • From Osaka Itami Airport to Matsuyama Airport by air (50min)or from Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station by train (40min)

Matsuyama on our Google map

Our packages includes Matsuyama

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan (11 days)

From £ 2,505 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu


Shikoku is the smallest and least populated of the four main islands of Japan. Here the pace of life is slower: using the Japan Rail Pass to explore the smaller towns and hilly landscapes of Shikoku you can get closer to the real Japan.
Shikoku is famous for its 88-temple pilgrimage of temples associated with the […]

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