Spots in Matsuyama / Dogo Area

  • Ishite-ji Temple
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    4.0
    282 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ishite 2-9-21
    Located in the Ishite district of Matsuyama City, the Ishite-ji Temple is a Buzan sect Shingon Buddhist temple. The temple’s formal name is Kumano-san Kokuzo-in; it is the 51st temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The Ishite-ji Temple is famous for its association with Emon Saburo, a renowned early pilgrim who according to legend was reborn so that he could help restore the temple. The temple was first built in 728 by Ochino Tamazumi, the lord of Iyo Province. Initially, it was a Hosso school Buddhist temple, named the Anyo-ji Temple. However, following a visit by the monk Kukai in 813, it was transformed into a Shingon Buddhist temple. Besides the Niomon gate (a designated National Treasure), the Ishite-ji Temple also has several Important Cultural Properties, including the Hon-do (main hall) and a three-storey pagoda.

    I came in from the east side and came across lots of stone statues. It’s a bit of a mess in that end with cardboard boxes and everything looking a bit ill-kept. Lots of caves and strong smell of...

  • Dogo-Kan hot spring ryokan hotel
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    4.5
    208 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougotakouchou 7-26
    Dogo-Kan is a famous hot spring ryokan hotel designed by the architect Kurokawa Kisho. Situated on a small plateau in the hot springs district, it has a fine view over Matsuyama Castle. The main bath area has a comprehensive range of facilities, including water cascades, reclining baths, open-air baths, saunas, etc.; day visitors are welcome. The decor of the hotel interior is based on Edo-period street scenes, and is very impressive.

    It was my first time travel to Dogo, although I visited Japan more than 30 times. I reserved a non-smoking room at Dogokan for 3 days in Nov, 2019. On the evening of the second day, I smelt...

  • Bansuisou
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    4.0
    256 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Ichibanchou 3-3-7
    Bansuisou located in the southern foothills of Shiroyama around Matsuyama Castle in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture is an European-style residence with an authentic French design built in 1922 as a second house for Sadakoto Hisamatsu Earl, a descendant of a former landlord in Matsuyama Province. The marvelous building employed a design of the French renaissance style with a Mansard roof and a continuous arching balcony, and was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 2011. It was used as a gorgeous socializing place where celebrities from every walk of life gathered and royal family members who visited the prefecture stopped over. At present, it holds events and exhibitions as Ehime Prefectural Art Museum Annex.

    The villa is a very handsome building, located just below Matsuyama castle and very close to one of the main streets through town. English signage is minimal inside, but entrance is only ¥300 and the...

  • Dogo Park
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    4.0
    262 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogo Park
    This park in Dogokoen, Matsuyama City was developed around the Yuzuki Castle Ruins, a national historic site. The park, which is surrounded by the castle’s outer moat, retains archeological features such as earthwork fortifications and allotment of land. It also features recreations of samurai houses and a history museum that exhibits artifacts unearthed during archeological surveys, among other items. Many people also visit the park in the spring to see its famous cherry blossoms.

    It is close to Dogo station, just a short walking distance. It is not a big park but a nice park to walk around and take some pictures.

  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Kamiharamachi 240
    This prefectural zoo, located within the Ehime Prefectural Sports Complex in Tobe Town, Iyo County, Ehime Prefecture, has the largest site area of any zoo in Western Japan. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views without the hindrance of cages and fences due to the use of natural features around the site. Visitors can see about 180 species and 1,000 animals in the zoo including Peace, the first successfully hand-reared polar bear in Japan, African elephants, and some clever chimpanzees. The zoo also holds events throughout the year including the Night Zoo, where visitors can observe the animals at night.

    I visited this small/medium sized zoo with a friend. It was off season on a weekday. So we almost had the zoo for ourselves. There is a good variety of animals from all around the world. The zoo is...

  • OKUDOGO ICHIYU NO MORI
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    3.5
    221 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Suemachi 267
    Come enjoy the renowned free flowing natural hot-spring of Okudogo Onsen which is said to be great for the skin. It's an alkaline simple sulfur hot spring that makes the skin soft to the touch and is said to help with nerve pain, muscle soreness, recovering from exhaustion, and chronic women's diseases. Some of the appeal is the multitude of plans such as the Family Plan, perfect for those with children looking for peace of mind, or the Luxury Plan, which lets you enjoy a stay one rank higher than the best. From one of the best large open-air baths in west Japan you'll get an amazing 360-degree view of beautiful mountain scenery.

    Youve found the right hotel, everything screams at you 1970s and while you might say thats not a bad thing in this case it pretty much is. 1st off the modern thing they call wifi only gets a...

  • Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-no-Yu
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 19-22
    A hot spring bathhouse in Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama City. This day-trip bathhouse was built for the opening of the 1953 National Athletic Meet. Come relax in baths fed by hot spring cisterns from a free-flowing spring that can't be had anywhere but Dogo Onsen.

    This is a very satisfactory bath though not up to the level of the honkan. In any other place, this would be a premium bath. However, do note that you must bring or buy soap and shampoo (towels are...

  • Matsuyama Castle Ninomaru Historical Garden
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    3.5
    133 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi 5
    A historic garden which sits at the base of Matsuyama Castle, one of the Japan's Top 100 Castles? in the center of Matsuyama. Built on the site of the residence of Gamo Tadatomo, the second lord of the Iyo-Matsuyama Domain, the omotegoten palace remains are now covered in flowers while the former noble private quarters are covered in ponds and lawn that show the former room layout. Also excavated on the site, whose size is nearly 1.6 hectares, is Japan's largest ancient water well. Recognized in 2013 as a Couple's Holy Land, nearly 500 pre-wedding photo shoots are staged here annually. There are also three pavilions on the grounds, the Katsuyama-tei, Juraku-tei, and Kanko-tei, that are used for cultural events including tea ceremonies and haiku poetry gatherings.

    To get to the castle you first have a ride in a cable car or chairlift up the mountain. There is still a rather energetic up hill walk required to access the castle itself. Having made it up to the...

  • Dogo Haikara Dori
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    4.0
    113 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 15-23
    "An L-shaped shopping arcade which connects Dogo Onsen Station on the Iyotetsu Jonan Line and the Dogo Onsen Honkan. Having flourished as a temple market from the Meiji period, visitors can take in the ""Meiji romance"" atmosphere the arcade still exudes. The arcade is filled with establishments offering up the charms of Dogo Onsen, such as Shirasagido, a shop famous for its bocchan dango sweet dumplings; and the Dogo Bakushukan beer hall, where you can enjoy local Ehime alcoholic beverages. The arcade is dedicated to the concept of warm and welcoming hospitality, and there are around 60 shops here ready and waiting to give a friendly welcome to customers. The bustling arcade was also selected in 2017 as one of HABATAKU Shopping Districts 30 due to their contribution to the revitalization and development of local communities through supporting the lives of local residents."

    I think this is quite normal around Japan, nothing special, except shops selling towel I think and some locally made ceramics. Other than that, I do not find anything special here but some how to...

  • Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougokouen 1-30
    Located roughly five minutes’ walk from Dogo Onsen Station, the Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum has on display manuscripts and works by Masaoka Shiki, a leading writer of haiku poetry who was born in Matsuyama, as well as letters exchanged with Natsume Soseki and other major literary figures with whom he was friendly. The Museum provides detailed displays on the history of Dogo and Matsuyama, on the times in which Masaoka Shiki lived, and on his friendships and acquaintances. Special events are held on an occasional basis, and the Museum also functions as a community center for the local community.

    There is a 21 description audio guide for 100 yen in English as everything is in Japanese. It doesn’t cover everything but gives you a less detailed look at the exhibits. 25,000 poems and only lived...

  • Birthplace of the Akiyama Brothers
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Kachimachi 2-3-6
    This museum is located in Kachi-machi 2-Chome, Matsuyama City. The building is a recreation of the birthplace of the Akiyama brothers Yoshifuru and Saneyuki, whose military exploits were famously depicted in Shiba Ryotaro’s historical novel “Saka no Ue no Kumo.” The museum exhibits a variety of materials related to the brothers. Bronze statues of the brothers have also been erected on the grounds.
  • Shikoku Matsuyama Dogo Onsen hotel
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    4.5
    53 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 1-33
    The Shikoku Matsuyama Dogo Onsen hotel is a long-established hot springs hotel located approximately three minutes’ walk from Dogo Onsen Station (on the Iyotetsu Jonan Line tram line). The hotel traces its origins back to a hot springs inn that was opened during the Kan’ei era (1624–1644), and which was famous for being patronized by leading literary figures connected with Matsuyama. Day visitors are welcome to use the hot springs facilities. The cypress-wood bath, where bathers can relax while enjoying the marvelous scent of Hinoki (cypress wood), and the two granite bathtubs (made using the Iyo region’s famous Oshima granite) are open to male bathers at certain times of day and female bathers at other times. Saunas and open-air baths are also available.

    We stayed here for a night and had a set Japanese dinner. I had high expectations of what a top quality Japanese restaurant would be like. Unfortunately while it was nicely presented with very...

  • Dogo Onsen Annex Asuka-no-Yu
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi 19-22
    The third of the Dogo Onsen bathhouses after Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-no-Yu. The bathhouse is built to encapsulate the concept of Asuka period architecture including ornamental ridge end rooftiles resembling historical structures such as Nara's Todaiji temple and a vivid outward appearance of contrasting red and white to draw the eye. Along with the large indoor public baths decorated with Tobe-ware walls they also have an outdoor bath unlike the Honkan Main Building and you can relax in the high-quality spring water to your heart's content.

    This onsen operated like a high end bathing house . The onsen is building is beautiful built and they are for a purpose of admiring the building more than just for a onsen visit . First , the onsen...

  • Ehime Prefectual Museum of Art
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Horinouchi
    The art museum was opened in 1998 in Horinouchi, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture based on the themes of see, create, and learn. The museum is home to a collection of about 11,900 art works including the collection of the former Ehime Prefectural Art Museum, works of art from local artists and well known contemporary Japanese artists, as well as pieces of work from international artists such as Monet and Cézanne. The museum’s permanent collection changes about five to six times each year. Their temporary exhibitions on various themes are also very popular. There is also a restaurant where visitors can enjoy a meal or cup of tea with views of Matsuyama Castle.

    Because it was raining I decided to visit this museum. It is a beautiful and modern building close to a park and to the castle. The main collection was not available that day, but there were two very...

  • Taisan-ji Temple
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Taisanjichou 1730
    This is a temple of the Shingon sect Chizan School in Taisanji Town, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, and the 52nd temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that the hall was built overnight by Manonochoja in 586. The main hall, designated as a National Treasure is the third and was constructed in 1305, and this temple is the largest of the Shingon Esoteric Buddhist sect. A Buddhist idol enshrined by the priest Gyoki and seven statues of eleven-faced Avalokitesvara are designated as Important Cultural Properties. There is a custom of making an offering of rice Shamoji spoons to the Shotokutaishi-do to have academic achievement.

    Took a few hours to get there, train part of the way, 300 yen then walked the rest. Lovely temple, if you are into the 88 trail then a must visit of course.

  • Iwayaji Temple
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Kamiukenagunkumakougenchou Nanatori 1468
    This temple belongs to the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in KumakogenTown in Kamiukena County, Ehime Prefecture, and it is the 45th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The hall erected to look like it is embedded in a large rock is one of the striking features of this sacred mountain site. It is said that in 815, a female deity gifted the mountains to Kukai, where he proceeded to sculpt stone and wooden statues of Acala. The wooden statue is enshrined in the main hall as the principal image. The stone statue is enshrined in a cave as a statue rarely shown to the public and is said to be the principal image for the whole mountain. The temple grounds were designated a national Places of Scenic Beauty, and the Kobo Daishi hall that was rebuilt in 1920 is a National Important Cultural Property. The “seriwari-zenjo” site where Kukai is said to have meditated is also worth visiting.

    We met a bunch of cool local Japanese henro on the way out of this temple, which made our ability to navigate the forest trail far easier without speaking any Japanese. This is a beautiful Temple...

  • Rokujiya Dogo Shop
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 14-22
    Approximately three minutes from Dogo Onsen Station. This long-standing homemade tart shop located on the shopping district of Dogo Onsen was established in 1933. These tarts are made by baking a sponge cake on a skillet, brushing on homemade special red bean paste by hand, and rolling each one at a time. The “Chotokusen Tart 70” celebrates their anniversary, and the castella and sweet bean jelly are all good as gifts. Enjoy the tarts and green tea set in the inner part of the eat-in area.

    一口サイズのタルトが119円で売っています。また、店内に喫茶コーナーがあるのでこちらでコーヒーやお茶とともに食べる事もできます。

  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 5-6
    This is a public bathhouse of the historical Dogo Onsen. The three-tiered wooden building has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It sprung to fame after it was mentioned in Natsume Soseki’s novel, Botchan. The dark interior with its pillars, beams and wooden lockers oozes with antiquated charm. The Honkan has two indoor baths, the Kami no Yu and the Tama no Yu, where visitors can relax and enjoy a pleasant soak. At extra charge guests can use the resting room complete with a hired yukata and some tea and cake. The nearest station is Dogo Onsen Station.
  • Itami Juzo Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Higashishi 1-6-10
    This is a museum of the Japanese leading film director, actor and essayist, Juzo Itami. The name Juzo is written as 13 in Chinese characters, so there are 13 sections in the permanent exhibition that show the variety of his works and hobbies. Also there is a café museum for visitors and a shop that sells original goods produced by the museum director, Nobuko Miyamoto. The building was designed by “Itamist” architect Yoshifumi Nakamura.

    I didnt know much about Itami Juzo before visiting but came away quite interested and wanting to watch all of his movies. The museum is well set out and very fresh and modern. Not a huge amount in...

  • Matsuyama Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi
    Matsuyama Castle is the only castle among the surviving 12 castles which now has a keep. It was selected as one of the 100 best castles of Japan in 2006. Kato Yoshiaki started the castle construction in 1602, and it is the last complete castle to have been constructed in Japan, which was completed over the longest length of time (approximately a quarter century) in Japanese architectural history. The inner citadel of the castle is located on the summit of Mt. Katsuyama at an altitude of 132 meters, while an outer citadel and a third citadel are at the base of the mountain; it is a huge castle and is counted as one of the coalition of the three largest flatland mountain castles in Japan. You can see from Mt. Ishizuchi to Iyo-nada with one sweep of the eye from the top floor of the large castle keep—that scenery is magnificent.

Ehime Areas

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Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country’s oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.

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