Matsuyama, a surprise visit


The weather in Matsuyama was particularly dreary when I visited. But, judging only from the things I did see, it was wonderful! It made me want to put Shikoku on another travel itinerary in the future, and return to this town to explore some more.

matsuyama mascot

Matsuyama was a really short stop as I wanted a little break and sleep in a comfy bed in my own room and order room-service if possible. I really didn’t prepare well for this one but turns out Matsuyama has a beautiful castle on a hill that you get to with a rope-way. The bath-house in Matsuyama is supposed to be what the bathhouse in Spirited Away was based on… (but I didn’t really see the resemblance…?) maybe it was the dull rain, or that nothing is as perfect as that bathhouse in Spirited Away……oh well. Silly me.

matsuyama vieww matsuyamajo city viewrainrain rain cookies from shodishima

I spoiled myself with a hotel that had room-service, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. It was raining cats and dogs outside and was much more feeling the eating-dinner-in-pyjamas-while-watching-Youtube then dress-up-a-bit-and-eat-alone-in-a-busy-restaurant-full-of-couples-and-families-and-being-stared. Yeah… so granted there aren’t too many pictures from Matsuyama itself. The other night I did get myself some great Yoshinoya because comfort-food is the next-best thing for the soul, amirite?

yoshinoya yumyum

Ps. Matsuyama was a turning point in my journey. It was where I posted this little blog and realised a lot about myself. My inner voices were mostly defeatist, panic-ridden and humiliating, but I got to realise that I actually have the ability to be my own best friend for real. I think that’s one of the main things this trip has taught me. I want to talk about this all another time, when the trip is done on the blog, maybe.

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