Matsuyama Castle is the best attractive sightseeing spot in Matsuyama. First,we will go up to the castle tower and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, Mt.Ishizuchi and the Seto Inland Sea. After coming back to the hill's foot, we will enjoy exploring the shops selling many attractive things. And our final touch is visiting the Birthplacce of the Akiyama Brothers: heros born in Matsuyama.
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.
Matsuyama Castle is one of the only 12 castles retaining the structures built in the Edo period. The family of Matsudaira reigning the Matsuyama Domain was a relative of the Tokugawa Shogunate Family, meaning the behaviors of the feudal lord was very difficult at around the end of Edo period. During the tour course, you will be explained about subtle delicacy in the Matsuyama fief at the times around the collapse of the Tokugawa period or the beggining of the Meiji era.
Walking down the Ropeway street must be fun for you, because there are many restaurants and shops selling Ehime Specialties.
This is the most popular course in many possible castle tours.
During this tour you have to walk down through the path in the hill forest from the main keep to the second keep and then to the third keep. There is a difference of more than 90m in terms of altitude. You need to be sturdy in walking. So if you are not strong and slow in walking, you should avoid this tour.
Time is moeny. And I would like to help you avoid a troublesome thing. So, basically I would like to pick you up at your hotel in the city and use a taxi to the foot of the castle's hill.
But if you are sure to find the place of Ropeway Platform, or Ro-pu-ei Nori-ba in Japanese, which is the second in the photo show, we can meet there.
The taxi fare would be, in most cases, within 1,000 yen per car. If you let me know your hotel's name, I can tell you estimated fare in advance. If the fare is estimeted to be too expensive, I would make an alternative proposal to you.
The taxi car holds up to 4 passengers Including me, a guide. So when you are 3 members, all of us can get in a car. But when you are 4 to 7 members, you should need another car and have to take 2 cars in total.
The tour is desigend so that I will attend you to your hotel. But if you want to leave me at Ichiban-cho, you can do it. You may be able to enjoy shopping around there, because the place is the very downtown of the city.