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Matsuyama-where I used to work

Matsuyama is quite a good city to live in, with some good bars, restaurants, and shopping wise, it's big enough to get what you need.

There are one or two tourist attractions, and it has good train/plane/bus/ferry connections to other places for travel, although for Japanese cities it is a little out of the way. I enjoyed my 2 and a half years there. I have also returned here frequently since, as my wife's family lives in an adjacent town. It's always nice to get back and sample some of the local food and drink in particular.

It's the gateway to Ehime prefecture

Main attractions

The main tourist attractions are Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen. The onsen in particular draws a lot of domestic tourists from throughout Japan. There are however a lot of other attractions, and some pretty good local food. A couple of my Ehime favourities are tai sashimi (sea bream) and jakoten. Two other places I basically visit without fail when in Matsuyama are Munchen which does some outstanding fried chicken, and Dogo Beer which does some excellent local cuisine and serves great local craft beer. In addition to that any of the local beer gardens are great in the summer months


Matsuyama city has been making considerable effort recently to promote itself more as a tourist destination. The areas around Dogo Onsen and Matsuyama castle have been revitilised considerably in recent times. Excellent to see. I've just visited in September 2014 so have made a handful of new tips and updates*

  • Last visit to Matsuyama: Sep 2014
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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