EhimeEhime is home to Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's oldest hot springs with a history going back almost 1,000 years. In the loosely auto-biographical novel **Botchan**, famous late 1800s author Matsume Soseki has the main character frequent the springs as a favorite retreat. The prefectural capital Matsuyama is best known for its castle. Of course Ehime's many temples are on Kobo Daishi's 88 temple pilgrimage, a route that goes across all four prefectures of Shikoku. The mild weather and the Seto Inland Sea make for delicious food in Ehime. Try the local seafood, sake and mikan (Mandarin oranges) and be sure to taste the "goshiki somen" (five-colored thin noodles).
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring
Located close to Dogo Onsen Station, this historic hot spring spa is one of the oldest in Japan, its history stretching back over 1,000 years.
Built in 1603 on Mount Katsuyama, this flatland-mountain castle is listed as National Cultural Property. It is accessible from the city central via Matsuyamajo Ropeway or on foot.
Dogo High Collar Street
Dogo High Collar Dori is a shopping street in Dogo Onsen with many souvenir shops.
This castle, built in 941, was the Uwajima Clan's center of power during the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Aoshima Island (Cat Island)
Aoshima is a small island off the coast between Shikoku and Honshu, just off the coast of Ehime famous for it's feline population.
Dogo Park (Yuzuki Castle Remains)
Dogo Park is located on the ruins of Yuzuki Castle, built in the 14th century.
Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo
Open from 2015, Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo offers female only and mixed dormitory rooms with free WiFi. Dogo Onsen Station is a 4-minute walk away. Each bunk bed in the dormitory rooms come with a curtain to secure your privacy.
Set in the Dogo Hot Spring district in Matsuyama, 1.7 km from Matsuyama castle, Guesthouse Fujiya boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. You will find a shared kitchen at the property.
Hotel JAL City Matsuyama
Offering 2 restaurants, a massage salon and accommodation with air conditioning and free wired internet, Hotel JAL City Matsuyama is located a 9-minute walk from JR Matsuyama Train Station.
Nest Hotel Matsuyama
Rebranded and opened from May 2015, Nest Hotel Matsuyama offers simple yet functional accommodation with free WiFi access in public areas.
Hotel New Kajiwara
A 3-minute walk from JR Matsuyama Train Station, Hotel New Kajiwara offers compact rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. A Japanese breakfast is available at a charge.
Imabari Kokusai Hotel
Boasting an indoor swimming pool and a large public bath, Imabari Kokusai Hotel is located a 10-minute walk from JR Imabari Station. Guests can use free-use bicycles to explore Shimanami Kaido bikeways, just a 10-minute ride away.
Dogo Hotel Mielparque Matsuyama
Mielparque Matsuyama is located just a 5-minute walk from the famous Dogo Onsen. It features a restaurant, free bicycle rental, and spacious rooms with a sofa and free broadband internet.