Matsuyama 松山

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Japan's oldest spa resort on Shikoku Island

Matsuyama is on the fringes of the smallest of Japan's large islands, visible from its neighbors on the other side of the inland sea, Hiroshima to the north and Beppu/Oita to the west.

Proud of its beautiful castle, famed Dôgo baths, young and dynamic, Matsuyama is in itself an excellent reason to visit Shikoku.

Matsuyama Castle was first built by Kato Yoshiakira from 1602 to 1627. The castle is one of twelve Japanese castles that still stand today, although burned down in fire twice, once in 1642 and again in 1784 after being struck by lightning. The present structures date from 1854.

The impressive three-story central watchtower is listed as an Important Cultural Property and features displays of samurai swords, old rickshaws, and the armors of the former daimyo (feudal lords) of Matsudaira. The castle also has impressive gates and a defensive watchtower, which are also designated as Important Cultural Properties.

Le château de Matsuyama

Le château de Matsuyama

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Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen

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