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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Shikoku - Ehime
Matsuyama 
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Dogo Onsen

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.

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Attractions
 1  Dogo Onsen
Famous hot spring resort inside the city.
User rating: 85/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 330 users
 2  Matsuyama Castle
Relatively complete, original castle.
User rating: 82/100 (161 votes)
Visited by: 316 users
 3  Dogo Onsen Honkan
Old-fashioned public bath house in Dogo Onsen.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 14 users
 4  Ishiteji Temple
Temple No. 51 on the Shikoku pilgrimage.
User rating: 74/100 (53 votes)
Visited by: 109 users
  
Special Interest Guides
  Matsuyama Museum Guide
  A list of Matsuyama's best museums.
  Matsuyama Shopping Guide
  Guide to Matsuyama's shopping areas.
  Matsuyama Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of cherry blossom spots in Matsuyama.
Side Trips from Matsuyama
 1  Uchiko
Countryside town formerly known for its wax.
User rating: 81/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
 2  Uwajima
Secluded port town with original castle.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 12 users
 

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