What to Expect
Matsuyama Castle is one of the most popular castles in Japan. It is located on a hill with a height of 132m. From the castle tower built in the main keep can you command a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, Mt. Ishizuchi and the Seto Inland Sea, which I think is superb.
The castle tower is the symbol of the feudal lord reigning the area and have an important meaning. It is a must visit here in Matsuyama. But there are others which I would like to recommend you visit. They are the second and the third keeps. In a usual tour people will not visit these places. But in my opinion visiting these makes you more easily imagine how samurai did their works in the past of the Edo period. In those days, the feudal lord did not live in the castle tower, but in the second keep, which was located on the foot of the hill. The administrative office also was located in the second keep. And the high ranking samujrai lived in the third keep. The third keep is near the second keep. There is a difference of about 90m in terms of altitude. So, after the tour you may have more delicios lunch.