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A variety of museums can be found in Matsuyama. The city is especially rich in literary talent and history. The 20th century in particular saw Matsuyama rise to prominence in Japan's literary realm. Three important writers were either born in the city, or chose it as home for themselves and their characters.

The first is a poet, Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), born and raised in Matsuyama. Shiki was an advocate of modernizing the old Japanese poetic forms, and he eventually introduced modern forms of Haiku and Tanka for this purpose.

The second major figure in Matsuyama's literary trio is Natsume Soseki (1987-1916), a prolific Meiji Period novelist and friend of Shiki. He is best known for a novel entitled "Botchan", set in Matsuyama and featuring locations around the city. "Botchan" follows the life of a young teacher who moves to Matsuyama as Meiji Period reforms sweep the country. The novel was written in 1906 and is now often read as part of the Japanese school curriculum. As a result of the novel's wide readership, Matsuyama and its sights are well known across Japan.

Finally, there is Shiba Ryotaro, a novelist born in 1923, who often wrote about the Edo and Meiji Periods. One of his later novels entitled "Saka no Ue no Kumo", or "Clouds Over the Hill", features Matsuyama City and includes both Shiki and Soseki as characters.

Shiki, Soseki and Ryotaro are fondly regarded by the residents of Matsuyama and visitors to the city today can find museums and monuments remembering them and commemorating their works. Here are several places of interest in Matsuyama, some of which are related to the city's famed literary trio:

Shiki Memorial Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from November to April)
Closed: Tuesdays
Admission: 400 yen

Shikido

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:40)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 50 yen

Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 18:30 (entry until 18:00)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission: 400 yen

Bansuiso

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays (except national holidays)
Admission: 300 yen

Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art

Hours: 9:40 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday or the first Monday of the month), Dec 29 to Jan 3
Admission: 310 yen (permanent collection)

Itami Juzo Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 800 yen

Getting there and around

Shiki Memorial Museum

The museum stands a few steps from Dogo Onsen tram station, the terminus of three tram lines. From JR Matsuyama Station, take tram line 5 (20 minutes, 170 yen). From Matsuyama-shi Station, take tram line 3 (15 minutes, 170 yen).

Shikido

Shikido is a five minute walk south of Matsuyama-shi Station, on the grounds of Seishu Temple.

Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum

The museum is located in the city center at the foot of Matsuyama Castle, a two minute walk from Okaido tram stop. Okaido can be reached by tram line 5 from JR Matsuyama Station (10 minutes, 170 yen) or by tram line 2 or 3 from Matsuyama-shi Station (5 minutes, 17 0 yen).

Bansuiso

Bansuiso is a five minute walk uphill northwest of the Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art

The museum is located at the southwestern foot of Matsuyama Castle. It is a five minute walk from Manamihoribata tram stop, which is served by all five of Matsuyama's tram lines.

Itami Juzo Museum

The Itami Juzo Museum is located at a slight distance away from the city center. Take the Iyotetsu Railways from Matsuyama-shi Station and alight at Iyotachibana Station (four minutes, 170 yen). From Iyotachibana Station, it is a 20 minute walk to the museum.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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