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Matsuyama

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Shikoku  /  Ehime Prefecture  /  Matsuyama
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Things to do: historic sites, spas, sightseeing
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku. Developed out of a small castle town, Matsuyama retains many buildings from the Meiji period, including historic onsen (traditional Japanese spas), temples, and a hilltop castle. Several museums and other cultural institutions provide an introduction into the history of the island and its people, with many of the attractions in Matsuyama relating to the life of Masaoka Shiki, the father of the haiku poetry. To arrange what you want to do in Matsuyama, use our Japan vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Matsuyama

You'll find hotels and other accommodations dotted across the center of Matsuyama, with the Nibancho district northeast of the main train station offering perhaps the greatest variety. From high rise-hotels to side-street hostels and guesthouses, the area offers accommodations to suit a range of budgets and styles, close to all the amenities and attractions around Shiroyama Park. Farther northeast, the area around Dogo Onsen offers a number of hotels with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas).
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