MATSUYAMA

54447111_275252573421543_6356597360761013559_n

Japan Travel Tips: 10 Things to do in Ehime Prefecture

Ehime is a beautiful and scenic prefecture located in Shikoku Island. Matsuyama is the prefectural city and other cities include Uchiko, Ozu, and Uwajima. Ehime prefecture was used to be called Iyo Province, up until the Meiji Restoration. “Ehime” means “lovely princess”, and was used as its name in the kuniumi part of the Kojiki.…

Dogo Onsen Honkan Exhibition: Reborn like a phoenix from the Ashes

One of the most noticeable events at the end of this March is the exhibition of a famous onsen spot called Dogo Onsen Honkan in Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City. This exhibition is held on the upper floor of the luxury shopping center Ginza Mitsukoshi, from March 27th to March 31st. Author’s photo   Representing for…

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.   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.” It is one of the famous spa resorts popular for emperors all throughout the country. This year marks its…

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) 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 is…