Matsuyama

45 of 179 destinations
in Japan
80% 279
votes
× How was it?

Matsuyama (松山) is the largest city on Shikoku and the capital of Ehime Prefecture. At the heart of the city stands Matsuyamajo, a beautiful, original castle. The castle's hilltop vantage point offers a view of the city and a glimpse of the Seto Inland Sea.

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.

Dogo Onsen is frequently mentioned in "Botchan" and is one of Matsuyama's main tourist attractions. Located on the northeastern outskirts of the city, Dogo Onsen is one of Japan's oldest hot spring resorts.

What To See

  • Sort by japan-guide rating
  • Sort by user rating
  • Sort by most visted

2

Dogo Onsen

Famous hot spring resort inside the city.

84
189
votes
Visited by
361 users

Side Trips from Matsuyama

1

Uchiko

Countryside town formerly known for its wax.

80
31
votes
Visited by
71 users
2

Ozu

Small city with nice castle, old town and villa.

66
7
votes
Visited by
12 users
3

Uwajima

Secluded port town with original castle.

73
11
votes
Visited by
25 users
Last updated: March 16, 2014
Anything we can improve?  Let us know
We strive to keep Japan Guide up-to-date and accurate, and we're always looking for ways to improve. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:
Thank you for your feedback.

Hotels around Matsuyama

Find a hotel:

  • Matsuyama
  • Fukuoka
  • Hakone
  • Hiroshima
  • Hokkaido
  • Kamakura
  • Kanazawa
  • Kansai Airport
  • Kyoto
  • Mount Fuji
  • Nagasaki
  • Nagoya
  • Narita Airport
  • Nikko
  • Niigata
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Sendai
  • Shima Peninsula
  • Takayama
  • Tokyo
  • 1 night
  • 2 nights
  • 3 nights
  • 4 nights
  • 5 nights
  • 6 nights
  • 7 nights
with:
  • JAPANiCAN
  • Hotels.com
  • Booking.com
  • Agoda
  • Hostel World
  • Japanese Guest Houses
  • HotelsCombined
  • Rakuten Travel