Matsuyama Shiroyama Park 城山公園
The cultural heart of the city
Shiroyama Park is at the center of Matsuyama life. It sits within the moat of Matsuyama Castle , has many museums, and is the hub for most events within the city. On weekends and holidays, you're likely to catch a food fair, flea market, or festival.
- Time your visit with one of Matsuyama's many festivals and enjoy the festivities
- Venture to the tucked away Bansuiso villa, a hidden gem of European architecture
- Discover local art at Ehime Prefectural Art Museum
How to Get There
At the center of the city, you'll find it hard not to stumble into the park during a trip to Matsuyama .
Shiroyama Park is a 15-minute walk from Matsuyama Station. You can also take a tram from the station to Minami-Horibata. You will find yourself right next to the entrance closest to Ehime Prefectural Art Museum.
Castle on the hill
Shiroyama Park sits within the moat of Matsuyama Castle . Inside the park you can see three of Matsuyama castle's impressive defensive enclosures. Enjoy a 30-minute walk up to the castle along lush, tree-lined pathways.
In spring, 200 cherry blossom trees bloom within the park. Grab a bento lunch from the basement of nearby Takashimaya department store and enjoy the varying hues of pink.
Head to the Ehime Prefectural Art Museum to see works by both local and national artists. Traditional Japanese scroll paintings and watercolors of the local area are especially noteworthy. The museum even has works by Cezanne and Monet. Special exhibitions are regularly held. Past exhibitions have included Ghibli animation, Salvador Dali, and Leonardo da Vinci.
Hidden European home
Catch a free concert or talk at Bansuiso, a large mansion built in the 19th century French style. The former second home of a descendant of the Matsuyama clan, Bansuiso is an oddity in its surroundings. A walk around the home to see the decadent chandeliers and moldings is a stark contrast to traditional Japanese architectural style.
Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum is situated just outside the grounds of Shiroyama Park. Ryotaro Shiba's novel "Clouds Above the Hill," set mainly in Matsuyama , inspired the building of this Tadao Ando-designed museum. Explore this treasure trove of artifacts from the time period of the novel, which negotiates the Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
In the second weekend of August, Matsuyama Summer Festival, a celebration of the city's baseball heritage via samba, culminates here. There are food stalls aplenty for you to sample delicious festival snacks like fried chicken and crepes. Many local food festivals, flea markets, and community events also take place here.