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How to travel between Matsuyama and Hiroshima

By ferry

By far the fastest way to travel between Hiroshima and Matsuyama is by boat. Setonaikai Kisen operates frequent high speed boats and car ferries between Hiroshima Port and Matsuyama Sightseeing Port. The one way trip takes 70 minutes and costs 7,800 yen by high speed boat, or 2.5 hours and 4,500 yen by car ferry. The cost for a regular sized car is 9,300 yen one way. Both ports are located about a 30 minute bus or tram ride outside of their respective city centers.

By train

Travel between Hiroshima and Matsuyama by train involves a big detour via Okayama and is only recommended to Japan Rail Pass holders and travelers prone to seasickness. Take the JR Sanyo Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Okayama (40 minutes) and transfer to a JR Shiokaze limited express train for Matsuyama (2.5 hours). The entire one way trip takes 3.5 to 4 hours and costs about 11,000 yen. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if using a Sakura train between Hiroshima and Okayama, but the pass is not valid on Nozomi and Mizuho trains.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Matsuyama has two main train stations: JR Matsuyama Station to the west of the city center and Matsuyama-shi Station (sometimes referred to in English as Matsuyama City Station), the main station of the local Iyotetsu Railways company in the south of downtown. Matsuyama Castle defines the city center, while Dogo Onsen is located on the northeastern outskirts of the city.

The most convenient way to travel around the city is by tram. Iyotetsu operates 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 northeast. A single tram ride costs 180 yen regardless of distance traveled. A one-day pass for unlimited use on one calendar day is available for 800 yen.

To use the tram, board through the rear door just like on local buses. Payment is made with exact change upon exit through the front door. There are change machines to break bills and 500 yen coins inside the trams next to the driver.

Iyotetsu also operates an extensive bus network through Matsuyama. For most tourists, the trams provide adequate access to all sightseeing areas. Three buses however, may be of interest: the first operates between Dogo Onsen and Ishiteji Temple (5 minutes, 180 yen). Two other buses shuttle passengers to Matsuyama Airport and Matsuyama Port (see below).

Matsuyama Airport lies on the city's southwestern boundary. Airport buses serve JR Matsuyama Station (700 yen, 15 minutes), Matsuyama-shi Station (790 yen, 20 minutes) and Dogo Onsen (950 yen, 35 minutes). Besides domestic destinations, Matsuyama Airport also has a few international flights to nearby Asian destinations.

Matsuyama Port (Matsuyama Sightseeing Port) is located northwest of the city center. From Matsuyama-shi Station, take the Iyotetsu Takahama Line to Takahama Station (20 minutes, 440 yen), from where the port is a short bus ride (2 minutes, 180 yen) or a 10-15 minute walk. Alternatively, there are direct buses from JR Matsuyama Station to the port (20 minutes, 780 yen, every 2 hours).

Hotels around Matsuyama

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    • Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo
      Budget-friendly
      Open from 2015, Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo offers female only and mixed dormitory rooms with free WiFi. Dogo Onsen Station is a 4-minute walk away. Each bunk bed in the dormitory rooms come with a curtain to secure your privacy. Bathroom facilities and toilets are shared with other guests. Guests can cook their own meals in the shared kitchen with free-use kitchenware and seasonings. There is also a bar on the ground floor. There is no laundry facility on site, however, guests can take a 10-minute stroll to a nearby public coin launderette. The nearest super market is a 5-minute walk away, while the nearest convenience store is just a 2-minute walk from Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo. The property is a 40-minute bus ride from Matsuyama Airport and Matsuyama Tourist Port. Matsuyama Castle is a 15-minute train ride away.
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    • Kowakuen Haruka
      Luxury
      Situated in Matsuyama, 500 metres from Joshin-ji Temple, Kowakuen Haruka features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a garden. The property is set less than 1 km from Matsuyama Shrine, a 17-minute walk from Miyukiji Temple and 2.5 km from Matsuyama castle. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms at the ryokan come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. At Kowakuen Haruka the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Ishitegawa Park is 2.6 km from Kowakuen Haruka, while Yasaka Temple is 2.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwami Airport, 297 km from the ryokan.
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    • 3LDK Denchi
      Budget-friendly
      100 metres from Botchan Train Museum, 3LDK Denchi is set in Matsuyama and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is close to The Museum of Art, Ehime, Matsuyama Station and Ishitegawa Park. The guest house has family rooms. At the guest house, all rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near 3LDK Denchi include Yasaka Temple, Matsuyama Civic Center and Okaido Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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    • Yamatoya Honten
      Luxury
      Set in Matsuyama, 600 metres from Joshin-ji Temple, Yamatoya Honten offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a bar. The property is around less than 1 km from Matsuyama Shrine, a 19-minute walk from Miyukiji Temple and 2.4 km from Ishitegawa Park. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. The ryokan provides some units that feature a safety deposit box, and all rooms include a private bathroom with a bath and a hairdryer. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at Yamatoya Honten. Matsuyama castle is 2.4 km from the accommodation, while Yasaka Temple is 2.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 183 km from Yamatoya Honten.
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    • Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring offers rooms in Matsuyama near Matsuyama Civic Center and Ishitegawa Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Matsuyama castle, The Museum of Art, Ehime and Matsuyama Station. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. At the hotel all rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The wellness area at the accommodation is comprised of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Popular points of interest near Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring include Yasaka Temple, Okaido Shopping Street and Botchan Train Museum. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 9 km from the hotel.
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    • Dougoya
      Mid-range
      Situated in the popular Dogo Hot Spring area, Onsen Ryokan Dougoya provides traditional Japanese-style accommodation with natural a hot spring bath and a lovely garden. Free WiFi is available in guest rooms. The ryokan is just a 5-minute walk from famous Dogo Hot Spring Bathhouse. It is a 8-minute walk from Dogo Onsen tram stop, which is an 18-minute ride away from JR Matsuyama Station. Iconic Matsuyama Castle is a 15-minute tram and a 5-minute lift ride away. Each room at Dogoya is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding. Private rooms feature a low table and seating cushions. Bathroom and toilet are shared with other guests. Two 24-hour shower rooms are available on site. Free toiletries and free towel rental are available in the hot spring bath and shower. Private use of public hot spring bath is available during limited hours. Guests can relax in the common room with a flat-screen TV. Free luggage storage and a free safety deposit box to store valuables is available.
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    • Comfort Hotel Matsuyama
      Mid-range
      Situated in Matsuyama, 600 metres from Botchan Train Museum, Comfort Hotel Matsuyama features accommodation with free bikes and private parking. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Matsuyama Station, Okaido Shopping Street and Matsuyama castle. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Comfort Hotel Matsuyama rooms include bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Comfort Hotel Matsuyama include Matsuyama Civic Center, The Museum of Art, Ehime and Yasaka Temple. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 8 km from the hotel.
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    • DogoYaya
      Luxury
      Ideally set in the Dogo Hot Spring district of Matsuyama, DogoYaya is situated 500 metres from Joshin-ji Temple, 800 metres from Matsuyama Shrine and 1.3 km from Miyukiji Temple. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Buffet and ? la carte breakfast options are available each morning at DogoYaya. Matsuyama castle is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Yasaka Temple is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 11 km from DogoYaya.
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    • REF Matsuyama City Station by VESSEL HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Situated 300 metres from Botchan Train Museum, REF Matsuyama City Station by VESSEL HOTELS features rooms with air conditioning in Matsuyama. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Yasaka Temple, Okaido Shopping Street and Matsuyama castle. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests at REF Matsuyama City Station by VESSEL HOTELS can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a sauna. Popular points of interest near REF Matsuyama City Station by VESSEL HOTELS include Matsuyama Civic Center, The Museum of Art, Ehime and Matsuyama Station. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama
      Luxury
      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama offers accommodation in Matsuyama near Matsuyama castle and Botchan Train Museum. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms at the japanese-style business hotel feature air conditioning and a desk. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Okaido Shopping Street, Yasaka Temple and Ishitegawa Park. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 8.5 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama.
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