Explore Marvellous 'hot Springs' Matsuyama on Private Cultural Tours
Visit the marvelous city of Matsuyama which is located in Shikoku and learn all it has to offer on private cultural tours.
Matsuyama is the home of the oldest hot spring in Japan Dogo Onsen but there are many others found in this tranquil and beautiful city.
This city is ideal for tourist to see the sights on walking or cycling private guided tours particularly since the central being quite flat. Alternatively, tourists do enjoy a tour on the Botchan Train which is a stream train that replicates one from the Meiji period, 130 years ago.
The perfect place to visit in Matsuyama on a guided tour, where you will get a real feel for the history which is found here, is the magnificent Matsuyama Castle.
This city is also regarded to be the capital of Haiku culture in the world. This is due to Shiki Masaoka, a leading haiku poet in Japan, being born here in 1867.
There are many monuments, inscriptions and museums relating to Haiku.
Top 10 Things to Do in Matsuyama
Take a Relaxing and Intriguing Guided Tour to the Hot Springs of Dogo Onsen
The main attraction of Matsuyama is the hot springs of Dogo Onsen and a highly recommended place to visit on a guided tour. The bath house is very charismatic and was built during the Meiji Period in 1894. When you enter, it is a labyrinth of passages, stairways and rooms.
Another prime attraction in Matsuyama are the miles of sandy beaches that are within the city limits. These beaches are very beautiful and ideal for relaxing in the sun or doing water sports activities.
There are excellent shopping facilities, restaurants and nighttime entertainment to keep everyone occupied when not on sightseeing tours.
Travel Tips for Matsuyama
No matter what time of the year you travel to Matsuyama, there is going to be rain at some stage during your time there. For cycling tours and walking tours, the best time to visit is August if you don’t mind the heat with temperatures approximately 31 degrees Celsius and a small bit of rain or December when it is a little chilly but reasonably dry. The wettest month is June, but temperatures are, on average, 26 degrees Celsius.
The costs for tourists in Matsuyama varies, accommodation on average is expensive but to eat out, it is not as expensive. One room in a budget hotel for one night costs on average US$120 and rises almost 50% which each higher grade of hotel. Whereas a 3-course delicious meal for 2 with a glass of wine will cost on average US$30. Taxi fares start from US$2 for short journeys and the price of private tours will vary with seasons.
The best advice when traveling to Matsuyama is to book in advance of traveling all private tours as some tours include discounted accommodation if your tour involves traveling from city to city. When going on sightseeing tours to temples, wear clothing that is appropriate and respectful. Do not walk alone at night, it is recommended to travel in groups of two or more. Be careful of your surroundings when in crowded places.
Like Onomichi, the city of Matsuyama has a temperate and warm climate with a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. You can expect rain even on the registered driest month. The temperatures are at their highest in August averaging above 31 degrees Celsius and the lowest temperatures are in January, averaging less than 10 degrees Celsius. The most rainfall is in June and it is very wet!