Please enjoy the traditional castle town with hot springs. Your destinations are Matsuyama Castle, Ishite-ji Temple and Dogo Hot Spring area. Matsuyama Castle is one of the 12 original castles which are extant as they were built in the Edo period. Ishite-ji Temple is one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Dogo Hot Spring is the oldest hot spring in Japan.
At your hotel in Matsuyama
From the top of Matsuyama Castle keep, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city, Seto Inland Sea, and Shikoku mountains.
You can experience one of the temples of the famous Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage.
The Dogo Hot Spring main building has become the Phoenix's nest, now. Please feel the atmosphere of the oldest hot spring in Japan.
At your hotel in Matsuyama
First. In Matsuyama Castle, you can actually feel the strategy of the traditional Japanese castles by walking up to the castle keep. From the top of the keep, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Matsuyama City, the Seto Inland Sea, and the Shikoku mountains.
Second. In Ishite-ji Temple, you can experience the atmosphere as if you were a pilgrim of the 88 temples of Shikou Pilgrimage. There, you may see some real pilgrims wearing white costumes with sedge hats on, and carrying pilgrim sticks.
Third. Dogo Onsen Honkan(main building), is now undergoing reinforcement work against a big earthquake. But, half of it is open. You can heal your tired body feeling the long history. In addition, Dogo Onsen Annex Asuka-no-yu will weccome you. It has mixed well modern Japanese architecture with this region's traditional handicrafts and the latest art.
Fourth. For lunch, you can try rich local cuisine, including raw sea bream wiht rice, boiled sea bream with rice, fried fish-paste cake, and five colored very thin noodles.
In Matsuyama, please relax to your heart's content feeling the atmosphere of the castle town, the temple, and the hot spring !
transportation fee for your guide (usually 640 JPY from your guide's home to your hotel and from your hotel to your guide's home, but the fee varies according to the starting point and ending point.)
transportation fee for you and guide (about 600 JPY per person), lunch( about 1000～2000 JPY per person, for you and guide), entrance fee for Matsuyama Castle keep (1020 JPY per person, for you)
(This trip doesn't include "bathing" in Dogo Hot Spring.)
1.Matsuyama Castle has several steep slopes and steps to the top of the castle keep. It is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, and wear flat, comfortable shoes.
2. Please prepare the Japanese yen. You may need to pay in yen for lunch, the entrance fee of the castle, fares of a streetcar, etc.