Top ChoiceCastle 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...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Matsuyama

Temple 51: Ishite-ji

East of Dōgo Onsen is Ishite-ji, the 51st of the 88 Temples and one of the most impressive in the circuit. Ishite means 'stone hand' and comes from a legend associated with Kōbō Daishi in which a baby was born...

Landmark in Matsuyama

Botchan Karakuri Clock

At the start of the arcade at Dōgo Onsen you can check out Botchan Karakuri Clock, which was erected as part of Dōgo Onsen Honkan's centennial in 1994. It features figures based on the main characters from...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Museum in Matsuyama

Yuzuki-jō Museum

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