MATSUYAMA

15 Things to Do in Matsuyama, Japan: Castles, Temples, Museums, and More

Matsuyama, located in Ehime Prefecture, is one of Shikoku’s most famous cities. There is so much to see here, including an original castle, a renowned onsen, and beautiful temples. The city also boasts a rich literary history, and many important Japanese authors have written about it and lived in the city. World-famous Natsume Soseki lived…

The Many Charms of Dogo Onsen, the Inspiration for Spirited Away

Did you know that Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner and Japan’s highest-grossing movie of all time got its inspiration through a magnificent bathhouse? Well, the bathhouse is none other than a place called Dogo Onsen, a famous hot spring in Shikoku. cinapse.co/ History Dogo Onsen is a hot spring located in Matsuyama (松山), Ehime…

The Top 3 Must-Visit Places in Beautiful and Historic Ehime

Ehime prefecture is situated in the northwest of Shikoku, one of the islands of Japan. Being so far south in the Japanese archipelago means that Ehime has a mild and welcoming climate all year round. Temperatures in the winter don’t tend to go below 5 degrees on average, and temperatures in the summer don’t often…

Dogo Onsen Art Festival: Enjoy Unusual but Mesmerizing Works of Art

Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. It is a home to many old hot springs in Japan. One of the oldest spa resorts in the area is called “Dogo Onsen Honkan.” d2gd4v5nzgxr7o.cloudfront.net/ It is one of the famous spa resorts popular for emperors all throughout the country. This year marks…

Matsuyama–jo: a Castle in the Mountains

Matsuyama may seem like an unlikely tourist destination, but even though you need to make a trip all the way to Shikoku, it is very much worth the effort! Matsuyama-jo (jo means castle in Japanese) is just one of the many things Matsuyama has to offer. This castle doesn’t only give you a spectacular look…

The oldest and most historical Onsen in Japan!

How many hot springs (Onsen) have you been to? I want to recommend for you the oldest and the most historical hot spring in Ehime Prefecture! Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) johnharveyphoto.com/ Dogo Onsen has over 3000-year history. It is located in Matsuyama City. It was first written in Nihon-shoki, the Japanese second oldest historical book. There…