Sitting atop Matsuyama is a 400 year old castle. Majestic, formidable, and inspiring.
Like other foreigners from centuries before, when we reached the castle gates we were forced to turn back ... due to the park's closing time.
So we turned around and drunk in the view, enjoying an ice cream cone, like foreigners from centuries before.
Even though we didn't get to see the interior of the main castle, our timing to visit the park was perfect. The grounds were sparsely populated since it was the end of the day, which meant that the gardens at the base of the hill top were ours alone to enjoy.
Notice there are no people in the photos, not one tourist. Amazing!
After leaving the park, we stumbled onto a local coffee shop run by a friendly Japanese woman, and enjoyed a well earned cup of amazing, on-the-spot-brewed coffee.