Another place tourists rarely go there - Matsuyama.
Matsuyama is the largest city on Shikoku. At the heart of the city stands Matsuyamajo, a beautiful, original castle. The castle's hilltop vantage point offers a view of the city and a glimpse of the Seto Inland Sea.
It is located on Katsuyama (Mount Katsu), a steep hill in the city center. Matsuyamajo was constructed between 1602 and 1628. In spite of the castle's steep hilltop location, a ropeway and chairlift make it easily accessible. Riding the single-chair, barrier-free chairlift is a pleasant way to ascend Katsuyama.
The city is also famed for being the setting of Natsume Soseki's popular novel, entitled "Botchan". Often read as part of the Japanese school curriculum, the novel describes Matsuyama during the turbulent Meiji Restoration.
Dogo Onsen is one of Japan's oldest and most famous hot springs. it has also been a frequent destination for Japan's most prestigious guests, the imperial family took a bath there ten times.
The main attraction is the Dogo Onsen Honkan, a Meiji Period wooden public bathhouse, dating from 1894. The interior of the building is a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, all of which bustle with bathers and staff.
Bathers can use the large, public bath called Kami no yu ("bath of the gods") but the more expensive option is both the Kami no yu and the smaller Tama no yu ("bath of the spirits"), as well as private rooms for enjoying a complementary post bath snack and tea. Furthermore, they can take a look at the exclusive bathing facilities reserved for visiting Emperors.
Needless to say, we also took a bath there and saw the imperial toilet, never used by Emperor :). It is a pity it was not allowed to make photos there. Such a public bath is a great fun!! The guests from different hotels and ryokan walk in the city center in yukatas and have their bath items in small baskets. We enjoyed it a lot. From Matsuyama we took the ferry to Hiroshima.
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tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-12-09 11:17
A nice panoramic view. The picture is sharp and well presented. Nice green in the foreground.
Have a nice time
holmertz (51940) 2010-12-09 11:27
The sandy open space surrounded by forest right in the middle of the city is a strange view. I trace some very interesting buildings in this castle compound. The sharpness and colours are very good.
Fis2 (96681) 2010-12-09 12:01
Co tu duzo pisac,
wspanialy widok pieknie podany.
lousat (90604) 2010-12-09 14:16
Hi Malgo,one of your best POV from tour japanese trip,and what a quality,the sharpness is very impressive,i can count the homes,very nice clouds in background too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
mauro61 (52855) 2010-12-09 14:46
una bella panoramica dall'alto della cittŕ partendo dal parco.
Perfetta definizione e grande profonditŕ,
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-09 21:01
a beautiful view shot from the Matsuyama castle,
once the rulers watch this same scenery until about 150 years ago,
generally the castles are build on the hills or mountains like this,
of course for the defense, and showing people the rural authority,
now it is the joyful sightseeing place for tourists to feel the history and entertainments of Matsuyama, the peace is really fine,
thank you for your excellent shot,
and thank you for your kind comment for my shot in Nagasaki,
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-12-09 23:08
nice p.o.v. with a beautiful view over the city, we can see in the forground some interesting buildings surrounded by a lot of green trees.
patdeph (35748) 2010-12-09 23:14
this is a very beautiful view!The forest gives an intersting contrast with the town just near,I prefer this part of nature than the town,it seems so nice,with splendid colors!And I also like the mountains at the horizon.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-12-09 23:41
Tu n'as pas bénéficié de conditions de lumičre exceptionnelles ici mais le contraste entre le parc de promenade et la ville en arričre plan est vraiment surprenant et donne beaucoup d'intéręt ŕ ta photo.
dkmurphys (57972) 2010-12-10 3:04
A fine panoramic view, picturesque place sourrounded by mountains. Good capture, have a nice weekend.
raszid62 (18515) 2010-12-13 6:45
Świetna panorama na wielkie miasto z ładnym parkiem na pierwszym planie, Świetny POV i doskonała jakość zdjęcia.
ikeharel (70607) 2010-12-14 3:56
You were right about this town - not on regular tourist route, Malgo.
Good depth on this picture as the mountains surrounding the vally "framing" the city .
Excelent place of lookout over there.