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Where to stay in Matsuyama

Matsuyama, Japan viewed from the castle.

Many first time visitors to Japan head for Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, and perhaps Nara, as these are the most well-visited places in Japan. Perhaps you’ve visited these areas and want to explore deeper in Japan. Matsuyama is an excellent option for travelers. Matsuyama is the largest city on the island of Shikoku in the Ehime Province. Best known for the nearby Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama also has castles and temples to be admired.

With only half a million residents, Matsuyama is a very manageable city, with a reliable tram system for getting around. If you are planning a trip to Matsuyama, this guide will help you find the best area for tourists, whether you prefer traditional Japanese accommodation, or a more modern hotel option.

We will cover off all types of Matsuyama accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Matsuyama hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Matsuyama, the best Matsuyama hotels, best places in Matsuyama to visit, the best places to stay in Matsuyama, hotels near Matsuyama attractions, Matsuyama neighborhood guide and many more.

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Matsuyama-Shi – Where to stay in Matsuyama with family

Just south of the downtown area is Matsuyama-Shi, or Matsuyama City, one of the main train stations of Matsuyama. This central area is an excellent choice for Matsuyama accommodation, whether you are seeking a family friendly hotel, or a budget friendly hostel. In just 30 minutes walk, you can be at Shiroyama Park, The Ehime Museum of Art, or Matsuyama Castle, a 17th century castle that looms over the city from its perch on a hill. The hike up is great exercise, or if you prefer, you can take the Matsuyama Castle ropeway, or a chairlift option as well.

Best places to stay in Matsuyama-Shi:

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Matsuyama-Shi:
Guesthouse Miso Soup

Budget Hotels in Matsuyama-Shi:
Matsuyama City Hotel
Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Matsuyama
Hotel Matsuyama Hills
Terminal Hotel Matsuyama

Mid range Hotels in Matsuyama-Shi:
HOTEL MYSTAYS Matsuyama
Hotel New Kajiwara
APA Hotel Matsuyamajyo-Nishi
Matsuyama Tokyu REI Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Matsuyama-Shi:
Matsuyama New Grand Hotel
Matsuyama Tokyu REI Hotel
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Matsuyama-Shi:
Dogokan (Ryokan)
Funaya (Ryokan)

MATSUYAMA JAPAN - View of Matsuyama town from the site of Matsuyama Castle Japan. Capital city of Ehime Prefecture and the largest city of Shikoku Island

Katsuyamacho – Where to stay in Matsuyama for tourists

Another excellent central location to stay in Matsuyama is the Katsuyamacho area, which is on the Eastern edge of Shiroyama Park and Matsuyama Castle. This area is home to the largest shopping street in Shikoku, and has easy access to other areas of the city, including the airport and Dogo Onsen, via bus or the local tram at Okaido station. In addition to the best shopping in town, the area hotels offer amazing views of the castle. Visitors will find many restaurants in the area as well.

Best places to stay in Katsuyamacho

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Katsuyamacho:
Guesthouse Miso Soup
Matsuyama Youth Hostel

Budget Hotels in Katsuyamacho:
Premier Inn Matsuyama
Toyoko Inn Matsuyama Ichibancho
Nest Hotel Matsuyama
Super Hotel Matsuyama

Mid range Hotels in Katsuyamacho:
International Hotel Matsuyama
Hotel Katsuyama
Hotel Matsuyama Hills Katsuyamahigashi
Candeo Hotel Matsuyama Okaido

Family Friendly Hotels in Katsuyamacho:
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Matsuyama
Matsuyama Tokyu REI Hotel
Hotel Dogo Yaya
Hotel Patio Dogo

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Katsuyamacho:
Dogokan (Ryokan)
Funaya (Ryokan)

Matsuyama, Japan from Matsuyama Castle.

Dogo Onsen – Where to stay in Matsuyama for first timers

Dogo Onsen is Japan’s oldest public baths and hot springs. On the northeastern edge of the city, just 20 minutes by train from the city center. In this area, there are several Matsuyama Ryokan hotels to choose from, and this traditional Japanese accommodation is a quintessential part of any Japan vacation. If you plan to spend much time at the springs, this is a great place to stay, and you can easily reach other areas of Matsuyama via three tram lines. Other attractions in this area include a shopping arcade, the Shiki Memorial Museum, Ishiteji Temple, Isaniwa Shrine, and Dogo Park, which has castle ruins.

Note: a seven-year construction project at Dogo Onsen began in January 2019, so check ahead to see which facilities are open during your visit.

Best places to stay in Dogo Onsen

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Dogo Onsen:
Guesthouse Miso Soup
Matsuyama Youth Hostel

Budget Hotels in Dogo Onsen:
Fujiya
Auberge Dogo
Hotel Villa Dougo
Nigitatsu Kaikan

Mid range Hotels in Dogo Onsen:
Hotel Patio Dogo
Dogo Onsen Yamatoya Honten
Hotel Katsuragi (Ryokan)
Old England Dogo Yamanote Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Dogo Onsen:
Hotel Dogo Yaya
Hotel Tsubakikan
Dogo Prince Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Dogo Onsen:
Dogokan (Ryokan)
Dogo Onsen Yamatoya Besso (Ryokan)
Dogo Grand Hotel (Ryokan)
Dougoya

Matsuyama, Japan downtown skyline at Dogo Onsen bath house.

Iyotachibana – Where to stay in Matsuyama on a budget

South of the city center, across the river, is the area around Iyotachibana Station. This residential area is a quieter option to find family friendly accommodation. In this district, one can find neighborhood parks and supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants. For a healthy walk, the Matsuyama Castle is 40 minutes on foot, but the Iyotachibana train station will offer faster access should you wish to visit the city center of Matsuyama.

Best places to stay in Iyotachibana

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Iyotachibana:
Guesthouse Miso Soup
Matsuyama Youth Hostel

Budget Hotels in Iyotachibana:
Hotel Check In Matsuyama
Hotel Sanbancho
Matsuyama City Hotel
Premier Inn Matsuyama

Mid range Hotels in Iyotachibana:
Hotel Katsuyama
Candeo Hotels Matsuyama Okaido
ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Matsuyama
Matsuyama Tokyu REI Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Iyotachibana:
Toyoko Inn Matsuyama Ichibancho
Hotel Patio Dogo
HOTEL MYSTAYS Matsuyama

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Iyotachibana:
Dogo Onsen Yamatoya Besso (Ryokan)
Funaya (Ryokan)

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Where to stay in Matsuyama

Where to stay in Matsuyama

Where to stay in Matsuyama

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious!With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!