Top Choice Castle in Matsuyama


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 interestin…
Park in Matsuyama


A small park containing the site of Yuzuki-jō, the former residence of the Kōno clan that ruled Iyo province in feudal times. Articles unearthed during recent excavations are on display in Yuzuki-jō Museum, near the…
Shinto Shrine in Matsuyama


Designated a National Treasure, this shrine was modelled on Kyoto's Iwashimizu-Hachimangū and was built in 1667. It's located a short walk east of Dōgo Onsen.
Buddhist Temple in Matsuyama


East of Dōgo Onsen is Ishite-ji, 51st of the 88 Temples, and one of the largest and most impressive in the circuit. Ishite means 'stone hand' and comes from a legend associated with Kōbō Daishi. A statue of Kōbō Dai…
Gardens in Matsuyama

Ninomaru Shiseki Tei-en

Walk down the back slopes of the castle hill (Katsuyama) to stroll around the Ninomaru Shiseki Tei-en, which were built in the outer citadel of the castle, and consist of various pools, gardens, rockeries and waterf…
Museum in Matsuyama

Shiki Memorial Museum

This memorial museum celebrates the life and work of Matsuyama-born poet Masaoka Shiki (1867-–1902), as well as the history of Matsuyama. Shiki initiated the reform of haiku and tanka (two forms of traditional poetr…
Museum in Matsuyama

Yuzuki-jō Museum

On display are various relics of the Yuzuki-jō, the former residence of the Kōno clan that oversaw Iyo province in feudal times.
Shinto Shrine in Uwajima

Taga-jinja & Sex Museum

Once upon a time, many Shintō shrines had a connection to fertility rites. Of those that remain, Taga-jinja is one of the best known. The grounds of the shrine are strewn with tree-trunk phalluses and numerous statu…
Castle in Uwajima


Dating from 1601, Uwajima-jō is a small three-storey castle on an 80m-high hill in the centre of town. The present structure was rebuilt in 1666 by the daimyō Date Munetoshi. The donjon (main keep) is one of only 12…
Museum in Uwajima

Date Museum

The well-presented exhibits at the excellent Date Museum are dedicated to the Date family, who ruled Uwajima from the castle for 250 years during the Tokugawa period. The explanations are mostly in Japanese, but a l…