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 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.
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?
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.