Ninomaru Shiseki Tei-en
Walk down the back slopes of the castle hill (Katsuyama) to stroll around the Ninomaru Shiseki Tei-en gardens, which were built in the...
A local and expat secret bar hang-out that feels more Honshu than Shikoku and serves Japanese-style Mexican food on the side. It's off...
Near the castle ropeway, this warmly austere restaurant serves straightforward, well-balanced Matsuyama-style food at reasonable prices....
Lonely Planet review
Perched on top of Mt Katsuyama in the centre of town, the castle dominates the city, as it has for centuries. Matsuyama-jō is one of Japan's finest surviving castles, and one of the very few with anything interesting peruse inside: the castle has a treasure trove of artefacts with excellent English-language displays.
A ropeway (one way/return ¥260/500) is on hand to whisk you up the hill, though there is a pleasant pathway if you prefer to walk. It's worth walking down via the back slopes of the castle and stopping off at Ninomaru Shiseki Tei-en in the outer citadel of the fort, consisting of old gardens and modern water features.