Matsuyama ( Matsuyama-shi) is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It is located on the northeastern portion of the D?go Plain. Its name means "pine mountain." The city was founded on December 15, 1889.
The city is known for hot springs (onsen) and is home to D?go Onsen, the oldest hot spring bath house in Japan. A second favorite tourist spot is Matsuyama Castle. Eight of the eighty-eight temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage are in Matsuyama