Discover Matsuyama

Discover the enchanting city of Matsuyama, also known as "Pine Mountain." Home to the majestic Matsuyama Castle and the ancient Dōgo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs, Matsuyama offers a plethora of activities for families and friends. With theme parks, picturesque parks, and bustling shopping areas, there is something for everyone in this alluring destination.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Matsuyama

The easiest way around Matsuyama is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following pass to get around:

  • Matsuyama 1-Day Tram Pass

    • Coverage: all tram lines within Matsuyama

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 700 Yen

    • Where to buy: Matsuyama station

Getting to Matsuyama

Public transportation:

To get from Osaka to Matsuyama by public transportation, travellers need to:

  1. First, take the Shikoku Railway (JR Shikoku) Limited Express Shiokaze from Shin-Osaka Station to Matsuyama Station. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  2. Transfer to the Iyo Railway (Iyotetsu) and take the tram to Matsuyama Castle. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. 
    The total travel time is approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes.



Valid rail and bus passes:


Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Matsuyama Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 30 minutes


Car rentals:

How long to stay in Matsuyama

We recommend staying here for about one day. 

Hotels in Matsuyama

Flights to Matsuyama

The nearest and most convenient airport is Matsuyama Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 30 minutes

Seasonal information

Scenic rides:

  • Matsuyama Castle Ropeway: click here to go to the official website

Festivals in Matsuyama

There is one well-known festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Matsuyama Minato Mitsuhama Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 3rd

    • Time: 16:30 - 21:10 (Fireworks: 20:00 - 21:10)

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