The largest city in Shikoku with the oldest hot spring, a beautiful castle, and the literary tradition. The city’s Dogo-onsen Hot Spring with 3,000 year history draws many tourists and residents.
Matsuyama, the largest city in Shikoku, is the capital of Ehime. The city, developed as a castle town, has many places you must visit such as Japan’s noted spa “Dogo-onsen Hot Spring” and Matsuyama Castle.
Matsuyama Castle, standing on a 132 meter hilltop in the center of the city, is the symbol of the town. The castle and its surrounding area including the moated section, constitute a historical site as a whole. A few minutes ride on a ropeway or chair-lift takes you up to the hilltop square. Or you can walk up in less than 30 minutes. The top of the castle tower commands a panoramic view of the whole city, Seto Inland Sea, and further, if the weather permits, Mt. Ishizuchi. The castle site is also well-known as best cherry blossom spots.