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MATSUYAMA IS THE
CAPITAL CITY OF
EHIME PREFECTURE

Matsuyama includes the dramatic peak of Mt. Takanawa, and this geographic situation between the mountains and the sea has shaped Matsuyama’s history and culture.

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Physically, Matsuyama is a compact city. The centre is served by a tram system with beautiful tram cars from the 50s and 60s, as well as a picturesque replica steam train, the Botchan Ressha. The city is surrounded by mountains and incorporates a number of hills, giving it a green, rural feeling. Within the city limits are a number of sandy beaches facing the translucent waters of the Seto Inland Sea. The city still has many old buildings dating back to the Meiji Period and earlier. There are several stylish buildings by the architect Shichiro Giko, including the flamboyant Bansuiso Villa.