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Matsuyama, Ehime

Full name松山市 · Matsuyama
Official name松山市 · Matsuyama
Settlement typeCore city
MayorKatsuhito Noshi (since December 2010)
Total Area165.5 sq mi (428.86 km2)
Total Population516637 (December 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)1204.68/km2 (3120.1/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the Shikoku island of Japan. It is located on the northeastern portion of the Dōgo 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 Dōgo 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.

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