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.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
at your hotel (or the entrance of the ropeway platform building)
Matsuyama Castle (the main keep and the castle tower on a hill)
Ropeway Street ( exploring various kinds of shops)
Birthplace of the Akiyama Brothers
at your hotel (or the place you like at around Ichiban-cho, the very downtown of the city)
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.
taxi fare (from your hotel to the ropeway platform building , and to your hotel if you want to go back)
ropeway(cable car) fare: 510 yen / person / a round-way ticket / you can use chairlift for the same cost
entrance fee to the castle's main tower: 510 yen / person
entarnce fee to the Birthplace of the Akiyama Brothers : 300 yen / person
The above-mentioned charges are not imposed to the guide.
Your and my lunch bills (If you want to extend your tour hours and have lunch attended with me)
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.
We had a great guided tour given by Kaz in Matsuyama. He had a challenge of making the tour interesting for teenagers all the way up to a 79 year old!.. He met the challenge with great enthusiasm, and as a result we saw parts of Matsuyama that we would not have seen on our own, I believe not even some locals know what we experienced. Thanks Kaz!
Thank you for your message to me, Simon. I also had a good time with you and your family members. What you were interested in led to us to a local sake brewer, which began its operation 1bout 120 years ago, and to a cozy garden of the most prestigios inn hotel in Matsuyama with a history of about 400 years. These are the spots they don't visit in a usual tour. As you said, among local people there are few who are so aware of these as you are. I hope you will come to Japan again some day in the future. Finally, please send my regards to your family. Thank you very much again, Simon !
Kaz was very helpful, reliable, well informed and responsive. A pleasure to have as a personal guide in unknown territory.
Thank you very much, Bob. I think you could stay in Ehime at a good time becuase it was just around the autumn festival day in Matsuyama. I hope you will visit Shikoku again in the future.
We had an awesome time with Kaz. We were able to see quite a lot and Kaz was very informative about the places we visited. Highly recommend!
Thank you very much for your message, Chelsea. The tour was not a long one,a half-day tour, but I think you could experience good places in Kochi. Now a big typhoon is attacking Japan. It is lucky for you that you could avoid it. The T-shirt your mother gave me at the pier suits very well. Please send my best regards to her. I would like to say again, thank you very much for having a good time with me.