Matsuyama city and Tobe Zoological Park for family holidays
Enjoy the scenic chairlift or cable car rides to Matsuyama Castle. Following an exploration of the castle, head for Dogo Onsen by the local Botchan train. Tobe Zoological Park is the largest zoo in western Japan. Meet the popular polar bear “Peace”, Japan’s first hand-reared polar bear! Enjoy a variety of animal-themed menu items at the Sky Garden restaurant!
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JR Matsuyama Station
↓Approx. 10 min by tram
↓Approx. 10 min on foot
↓Approx. 10 min by cableway or lift
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Matsuyama Castle

A famous castle of the Setouchi Region
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle, in the style of the Momoyama period, is one of Japan’s few original surviving castles. Its 21 buildings are listed as Important Cultural Properties, and the castle is regarded as one of the three best ‘Renritsu-shiki Hirayama-jiro’ (Renritsu-shiki: an architectural style where the top castle tower is in the centre with smaller towers on either side; Hirayama-jiro: a castle built on a hill on a plain). The towers are all connected to defend the main castle building. The castle is a well-known symbol of Matsuyama and is written about in the prologue of the novel, “Clouds Above the Hill” by Ryotaro Shiba. It has been and will be guarding the city of Matsuyama for centuries!
Approx. 10 min by cableway or lift
Approx. 10 min on foot
Approx. 20 min by tram
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Dogo Onsen Honkan

A famous Onsen with 3,000 years of history
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
  • Dogo Onsen Honkan
Dogo Onsen Honkan is thought to be the oldest hot spring in Japan. It is mentioned in the ancient texts of the Kojiki and Manyoshu. The main building, a three-story castle-style wooden structure, has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. This bathhouse is an iconic feature of Matsuyama in the novel “Botchan” and many other masterpieces of literature and film. After enjoying the smooth hot spring water, visitors can put on a Yukata robe and stroll around the culture rich local streets to experience the spirit of this Onsen town. A new annex building, “Asuka-no-Yu”, wich adopts the architectural style of the 6th to 8th centuries, was opened in September 2017.
Approx. 20 min by tram
Approx. 40 min by bus
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Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture

Meet the lively animals of the largest zoo in western Japan
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
  • Tobe Zoological Park of Ehime Prefecture
■America Street
America Street is home to American natives including squirrel monkeys, llamas and condors.

■Water Zone
Watch penguins swimming freely in a large pool and colourful flamingos standing one- legged on the shore. While the penguins out of water offer a different look at this unique bird.

■Snake House
The Snake House is home to reptiles from all over the world as well as a range of nocturnal animals. You can see large and small snakes coiling themselves up, crocodiles and iguanas too frightening to get close to, and nocturnal owls and flying squirrels.
■Bear Street

Meet the popular polar bear “Peace”, sea lions and Ezo brown bears on Bear Street. Enjoy the bears’ adorable behaviour as they munch and play among the hanging branches.

■Little World

In Little World, children can touch small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. The specially-designed building offers perfect views of animals as they behave in the wild. Watch red pandas running overhead and otters moving between water and shore.

■Asia Street

Asia Street is home to a range of animals including Japanese macaques, camels and deer. The Japanese macaques live in groups as they do in their native rocky mountain habitats. Observe parents and children groom and feed each other.

■Australia Street

Australia Street offers encounters with the popular animals of Australia including kangaroos, emus and wallabies. The country is home to many uniquely evolved species and this is the only location in Japan where the endangered cassowary can be seen.

■Monkey Town

In Monkey Town more than 20 different species of monkeys from around the world are housed. The main feature of this area is an orangutan’s tightrope walk between high steel towers. Don’t miss one of the scheduled performances in front of a crowd of adoring observers!

■Africa Street

Africa Street is the land of “the king of the beasts” and in addition to lions there are leopards and giraffes gracefully feeding on leaves. The enclosure is designed like a vast savannah allowing the animals to be seen in their native habitat. The freedom allowed to these incredible animals offers a vastly different viewing experience from the typical caged animal.

■Elephant (Zo) Street

Elephant Street is home to both elephants and tigers. There are no other zoos in Japan where African elephant parents and children live together. Their affectionate looks are heart-warming. The powerful tigers display both the fierce look of a big cat on the prowl and the sweet appearance of taking a napping cat. With a bit of luck you will get to hear the roar of a white tiger!
Approx. 10 min by bus
Approx. 2 min on foot
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Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)

Explore the Tobe-yaki ceramics and make something for yourself to take home.
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
  • Tobe-yaki Togeikan (Tobe Pottery)
The Tobe-yaki Togeikan offers an incredible range of pottery available for purchase as well as hands-on classes and pottery exhibitions. On the ground floor you will find over 30,000 works from 32 local potteries for display and purchase. Many people come to the Kamadashi markets held here in spring and autumn for a special bargain. On the upper floor you can join the pottery classes and try your hand at painting, twisting, and wheel throwing.
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