Located in the center of Ehime and facing the Sea of Iyo in the Seto Inland Sea, Matsuyama is the largest city and the center of administration and economy on Shikoku. On the hill in the center of the city stands Matsuyama Castle, the symbol of the town. The castle and its surrounding area as a whole constitute a historic site park.
6-minutes ride on a ropeway and lift takes you up to the mountain’s top, where the ridge has been leveled. From the terminal of the lift, there is an ascent path to the castle and its tower. If you go up the steep wooden stairway to the top floor in the castle tower, the panoramic view includes Mt. Ishizuchi and the Sea of Iyo.