Matsuyama City is located in the central part of Ehime Prefecture and is the largest city in Shikoku. The oldest hot spring, the most beautiful castle, and the blend of traditional literature have created Matsuyama today. The flowering period of the cherry blossoms here is generally around April, and Matsuyama Castle presents a romantic temperament under the decoration of the cherry blossoms.
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Dogo Onsen Main Building & Dogo Onsen Annex Asuka No Yusen
Everyone who travels to Ehime has a must-do, and that is to experience Japanese-style hot springs. Dogo Onsen Main Building is located to the east of central Matsuyama and has a history of more than 3,000 years.
A trip to Matsuyama without visiting Matsuyama Castle is incomplete. This Japanese-style castle built in 1603 is located on the top of Katsuyama Mountain. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to walk from Matsuyama Castle Ninomaru Historical Garden or Matsuyama Castle Ropeway Station. You can also take the ropeway (there are two types of closed cabins and open seats), and it can be easily reached in 3 to 6 minutes.
After arriving at Songshan Castle, you can walk freely on it and admire the stunning city walls and towers up close. Although it has undergone maintenance and reconstruction, most of the original buildings that can be seen today. There are exhibitions in Matsuyama Castle detailing the history of the castle.
Young Master Train
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the Young Master Train will pass through Matsuyama city center, carrying passengers from Matsuyama City Station and Matsuyama Station to Dogo Onsen Station. The first young trains were run by burning coal, and the chimneys would emit thick smoke. The trains currently running are improved, using a more environmentally friendly diesel engine. Due to the special design, the train still retains the appearance and sound of a classic steam locomotive, but harmless steam can be emitted from the chimney. The train commander wore retro-style clothing, which made people seem to have really traveled to the past.
Big Street & Songshan Yintian Street
To enjoy shopping, you must visit the two popular shopping streets in Songshan: Dajie and Songshan Yintian Street. These two places are very close, both in the center of Songshan, and are covered by arcades, so you can buy and buy with confidence no matter what the weather is. These two shopping streets are packed with shops and are a good place to buy souvenirs. Why not pick up some unique souvenirs here to take home, such as handmade pottery, embroidery crafts, or desserts in the flavors of Iyokan and Mikan (two citrus fruits found throughout Ehime Prefecture).
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