Standing on the top of Mount Kaysuyama, a steep hill standing right in the center of the Matsuyama City, Matsuyama Castle of the 17th century provides a great view of the city and the Seto Inland Sea. The castle is one of the twelve "original castles" of Japan (that is, castles that have retained their original shape and form even after the Meiji Restoration that ended the feudal era in Japan) and also boasts of a complex and intriguing architectural pattern.
The castle's main keep, for example, has multiple wings and the Honmaru (the main circle of defense) is accessible only through multiple, well-defended gates. In addition, the castle complex includes multiple turrets as well as a second keep. All of this gives Matsuyamajo a grand and imposing appearance.
It will take you about 15 minutes to climb the hill that leads to the castle precincts. However, you may also take the ropeway or the single-chair chairlift to get to the top.Places nearby:
The Kintai-Kyo Bridge: Iwakuni's National Treasure 65 km / 40 mi
Kochi Castle: Seat Of The Yamauchi Lords And A Historic Relic 77 km / 48 mi
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Japan: An Impressive View of a Historical Gem 124 km / 77 mi
Kurashiki Honmachi Street, Japan: The Celebrated Street in the Kurashiki Historical Quarter 124 km / 77 mi
Ritsurin Koen: The quintessential Japanese garden of Takamatsu 129 km / 80 mi